Lake Parker is a 2,272-acre Fish Management Area in North Lakeland. A canal on the northwest shore connects to Lake Crago. Both offer good largemouth bass fishing, particularly during the winter and spring. The canal can be a real hot spot for large bass. Bluegill and catfish fishing is popular all year and don't be surprised to find a black crappie at the end of your line. During low water the canal can be tough to navigate. Kissimmee grass, bulrush, and cattail are the predominant vegetation. Maximum depth is 10 feet. There are three boat ramps on Lake Parker. A city ramp and park is located off Lake Parker Avenue on the west shore, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ramp off U.S. Route 92 on the south shore (Sertoma Park), and a county ramp on the east shore on Lake Parker Drive. Bank fishing areas can be found at both parks.
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The bream bite will be heating up along with the summer temperatures. They can be caught on crickets, grass shrimp, and red wigglers around shoreline cover (piers and overhanging trees) and emergent vegetation. Submerged vegetation is abundant on Lake Parker, and you can find bream in the open holes and edges of the grass. Specks can be tough at times as water temperatures continue to rise throughout the summer months, but they can still be caught by drifting live Missouri minnows, or trolling with Hal flies and small spinners over open water, with chartreuse, pink, and white being the best colors to use. Largemouth bass can be caught on live, wild shiners below a cork or free-lined, fished above and along the edges of grass beds. Try flipping plastic worms in Junebug and red shad colors in and around cattails and bulrush (buggy whips). Fishing spinnerbaits on the edges of the submerged grass beds scattered throughout the lake can produce in the morning, but as the sun gets high in the sky throughout the day anglers will want to slow down their presentations to fish the submerged grass bed edges in deeper water. Weightless lure presentations can produce for this style of fishing. Using a Carolina rig is a good search bait and can be used to feel the different bottom types. Bass will usually congregate over top of shell beds and hard bottom areas. If you get a bite in these areas, be sure to slow down and work the area well with different lure presentations to get those stingy summertime bass to bite. Try your luck in the hourglass area on the north end of the lake as this area usually holds quality bass. Catfish can be caught on chicken livers and commercial stink baits throughout the lake. Tight lines!
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 Lake Parker:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 47
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 5