Lake Walk-In-Water is a 10-Tag Water!
To celebrate Season 10 of the TrophyCatch program, biologists with FWC have tagged and released 10 largemouth bass with bright pink tags in 10 different locations across the state. If caught, one tag could be worth thousands of dollars in prizes. One of these bass is swimming in Lake Walk-In-Water! For details and rules see the 10-Tag Celebration web page.
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.
As we head into our second summer since fisheries biologist upgraded the seven fish attractor sites on Lake Walk-in-Water, we are optimistic that the bite will be good around them. Mossback artificial trees of varying sizes were deployed to provide “off-shore” structure for fish to congregate and anglers to target. The seven fish attractor locations are strategically placed around the lake and are marked with buoys. Each location has a total of 40 trees scattered around the centrally located buoy. Recent electrofishing surveys of the refurbished fish attractors revealed that multiple sportfish (bluegill, specks, and bass) of all sizes along with catfish and shad are using these areas and their numbers are expected to increase as the summer continues to heat up. 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 will improve with the warmer water temperatures. Target the vegetation near shore or try your luck near the fish attractors for the best chance. Speck (Black Crappie) fishing will slow with the rising water temperatures, but live Missouri minnows, Hal flies, and small spinners in the open water should still be productive once the schools are located. Largemouth bass fishing will slow as we move into summer, but quality-sized fish can still be caught. Using live, wild shiners always produce, and plastic worms, jerkworms, and suspending stickbaits are the artificial baits of choice for the warmer months. Try fishing very slowly around the fish attractors to find some big summer bass. The heat of the summer months is also a valuable time to rely on your electronics for finding fish offshore. Small “wolf packs” of larger bass tend to relate to contour changes and brush piles in deeper water as ambush points during the summer. Once you find them, throw a buoy overboard or mark a waypoint (or both) on your fish finder as you drive over them. Make a few casts at the spot with “dragging” type presentations (i.e., Carolina rig, Texas rig, Ned rig, jig) and then move to some “reaction” type presentations (i.e., crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits). Be sure to make multiple casts from all directions before giving up on your spot. If they won’t bite, move on to the next spot, but don’t be afraid to try the same spot multiple times throughout your day on the water as the school may turn on at any moment. Building confidence in using your electronics can make for memorable days on the water during the summer months. With increasing water temperature in the lake, 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 during the dawn and dusk hours of the day. There are plenty of TrophyCatch quality bass swimming here. During recent electrofishing surveys, bass larger than 8 pounds were tagged and released, with a few 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 carefully cut off 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): 122
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 38
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1