Also known as Lake Weohyakapka, this 7,528-acre anglers' favorite is located south of State Route 60, 10 miles east of Lake Wales off Walk-in-the-Water Road in Polk County. Predominant vegetation is cattail, bulrush (buggy whips), Kissimmee grass, and hydrilla. Tiger Creek flows in from the southwest and Weohyakapka Creek flows from the north end of the lake. Maximum depth is 12 feet. Nationally known for largemouth bass fishing, Lake Walk-in-Water provides both large numbers and trophy-sized fish. Drifting live shiners over offshore hydrilla is the most consistent technique, but many bass are caught on artificials as well, particularly topwater lures. There are seven brush-type fish attractors marked with buoys scattered around the lake, and they are holding baitfish and some quality fish. For more information on the location of fish attractors visit our Fish Attractor page and interactive Fish Attractor Map. There is a county boat ramp on the west shore at the end of Boat Landing Road.
For more information contact the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 863-648-3200.
Freshwater Fisheries Management Biologists are excited to announce that the fish attractor refurbishing project is complete! Mossback artificial trees of varying sizes and limb configurations were used to provide “off-shore” structure for fish to congregate and anglers to target. There are seven fish attractor locations strategically placed around the lake and are marked with buoys. Each location has a total of 40 trees scattered around the centrally located buoy. For more information on the location of fish attractors visit the Interactive Fish Attractor Map and the fish attractor page found on our website.
Bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing is slow, with many anglers targeting black crappie (specks) when temperatures drop. Fish bulrush and cattail stands near shore for the best chance to catch some bream or shellcracker. Fishing for specks should be excellent over these winter months. Live Missouri minnows, Hal flies, and small spinners in open water should all be productive. If the open water bite is not on while you’re on the water, try trolling the same baits along the edges of the ample emergent vegetation this lake offers. Try your luck at the seven recently refurbished fish attractor sites on Lake Walk-in-Water. Mossback artificial trees of varying sizes were used to provide “off-shore” structure for fish to congregate and anglers to target. These seven fish attractor sites are located strategically around the lake and are marked with buoys. Each location has a total of 40 trees scattered around the centrally located buoy. Yearly electrofishing surveys of the refurbished fish attractors revealed that multiple sportfish (bluegill, specks, and bass) of all sizes as well as forage fish (shad and shiners) are using these areas and their numbers are expected to increase as we move into the colder months. For more information on the location of fish attractors visit the Interactive Fish Attractor Map and the fish attractor page found on our website. Shoreline vegetation bulrush, cattails, and Kissimmee grass) should hold bass, especially when they begin to spawn. Live wild shiners are producing, and plastic worms, weightless jerkworms, and suspending jerkbaits are the artificial baits of choice for the winter months. The full moon in January signals the beginning of the spawning season, with big bass getting on the beds through April. The north end of the lake (around Walk-In-Water Creek) seems to hold a lot of fish of all stages during this time of year. Some are spawning in the thick bulrush offered here, while others are in their pre and post spawning stages feeding heavily in the sparse off-shore bulrush. Try using plastic lizards, crawfish, tube baits, worms, and frogs to catch these fish. As the water starts to warm, try throwing a black and blue bladed jig or a speed-worm around the shallow vegetation to get the attention of bass that are there to feed. There are plenty of TrophyCatch quality bass swimming here, as Walk-in-Water is known as one of the top trophy bass fisheries in the area. During recent electrofishing surveys, multiple Bass larger than 8 pounds were tagged and released, with several over 10 pounds. Be on the lookout for tagged bass. Tags are yellow and located on the back (dorsal) of the fish. If you catch a tagged fish, remember to remove the tag. You will need it to collect your $100 reward! 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 Walk-in-Water:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 124
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 38
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1