The nine lakes of the Harris Chain total approximately 76,000 acres. The Harris Chain is world renowned for it’s natural beauty and great fishing. These lakes are dark and rich in nutrients. All of the lakes are interconnected with the exception of Lake Yale which is landlocked. The Harris Chain is part of the Florida Ocklawaha Basin which drains Central Florida to the north and is connected to the St Johns River which enters the Atlantic Ocean near Jacksonville. Local bass fishing tournaments are held on a weekly basis and the Harris Chain has returned as a stop on the B.A.S.S. Tournament Trail with its great fishing being highlighted on ESPN and many outdoor TV shows. In addition to the great fishing, the Harris Chain is a Jet-Ski and cruising paradise. With so much water to explore, it is possible to cruise for a lifetime in these waters and not see everything there is to see.
Crappie are moving out to deep water. Best bet is to tight line in open water. Cast a Roadrunner White Curly Tail around fallen trees and brush in Apopka-Beauclair canal for bluegill. The pads in Dead River are also good numbers of bluegill. For bass, fish shiners in residential canals around docks and pads for the best success.
Gilbert Park on Lake Dora and Eustis Lake. Lake Eustis are good for catfish and pan fish at night, if you enjoy that. The Lake walk can also produce some nice size bass, fish the Howey Bridge at night for Specks and Bass as well. Use a submersible light up next to the bridge pilings for best panfishing results. For Bass fish the docks and edges of grass and pads with a June bug lizard or worm.
Till next time – Tight lines,