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).
With the cooler weather anglers have been catching some crappie in deeper areas of the lake and the largemouth bass and the sunshine bass bite will be at its best this quarter. The peacock bass bite will also be very good this time of year, expect during cold fronts. The largemouth bass bite should be good in the early morning on topwater lures and later with crank baits. Consider trying jigs or plastic worms for largemouth bass as well. Live shiners or shad freelined in deep holes can be an excellent producer for sunshine bass, butterfly peacock bass, and largemouth bass. Peacock bass are best targeted with live shiners, shad, or fast-moving baits like lipless crank baits or jerk baits. Lake Osborne is also an excellent place to target bluegill and trophy sized redear sunfish. As we enter early spring the redear sunfish and bluegill bite should start to pick up. Anglers should target patches of eel grass for best results. Grass shrimp, crickets, and small jigs have been the preferred baits for bluegill and redear sunfish. Nice size channel catfish can be caught using chicken liver or live worms.
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