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 fall just around the corner, Lake Ida and Lake Osborne are still producing good catches of Butterfly Peacock Bass and Largemouth Bass. The most productive times have been early morning and late evening when temperatures are cooler. However, the bite will pick up all day as temperatures cool off throughout the fall. Most Largemouth Bass are still offshore but will begin to make there way back shallow in the coming months. Fishing lures such as crankbaits, jigs, and plastic worms work well to target these fish. Target areas with sporadic weeds and fish moving baits like spinnerbaits or chatterbaits for bass sitting in the vegetation. The Butterfly Peacock Bass fishing is still doing well and can be caught with a variety of methods such as in-line spinners, feather jigs, flies and live shiners. The Osborne Chain-of-Lakes is also an excellent place to target a variety of panfish including Bluegill and Redear Sunfish. Anglers should target patches of vegetation with small jigs or live worms for best results. In addition, the Osborne Chain-of-Lakes offers opportunities for anglers to catch several exotics including Mayan Cichlids, Clown Knifefish, and Bullseye Snakeheads. For more information about the waterbodies and fish attractors visit the FWC Fish Attractor Web Page.
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): 4