Palm Beach County
Lake Osborne is a 356-acre water body located in Palm Beach County. Aquatic vegetation consists of cattail, spikerush, willow and hydrilla. Nine fish attractors have been installed in the lake and are marked with buoys. Fish present in Lake Osborne include largemouth bass, sunshine bass, butterfly peacock bass, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish, and Mayan cichlids.
Because much of the lake is surrounded by John Prince Park, bank access is plentiful. The park has a public boat ramp and fishing dock. Picnic pavilions, a campground and public restrooms are also present. There are no marinas, fish camps, or bait and tackle stores on the lake. An Osborne-Ida Chain of Lakes map and brochure is available. Numbers to call for information or guide service on Lake Osborne are Xtreme Rods, Inc. (561-296-7637) and fish guide Butch Moser (561-732-5996).
This is the time of year anglers in south Florida can expect largemouth bass to move to shallow areas as the spawning peak arrives, January/February/March. Fish the outside edges of vegetation with top water baits in the early mornings and crank baits or plastic worms later in the day. Anglers should target patches of eel grass and changes in bottom structure for best results. Areas along piers or sea walls will also tend to hold fish. Other spots to try for largemouth are the deep holes located in the northern and middle sections of the lake during cooler days. While water temperatures are cool, fishing during day break and just before sunset typically will be the most productive times for sunshine bass. Live shiners free-lined in deep holes are often excellent producers, as are fresh shrimp fished in areas such as the 6th Avenue pass that can funnel migrating fish. Black crappie (speck) fishing will be best around the fish attractors using live minnows or jigs. Nice-size channel catfish can be caught using chicken liver or live worms. On warmer days bluegill can be caught using grass shrimp, crickets, small jigs or beetle spins. While cooler weather persists fishing for catchable sized non-native fishes such as Peacock bass and Mayan cichlid will be limited and not provide much action.
TrophyCatch is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from the Osborne Chain-of-Lakes:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2