Welcome to the Bass Wisherman

This site is for all of those fisherman that go out every day and spend more time bass fishing than catching.  You know who you are!  You love fishing, and you really would like to catch something, but it doesn’t seem to always work out that way.  But you still go, you still try and you still love it anyway no matter how many times you come back with an “empty” boat.  The site focuses on the middle / upper basin of the St. John’s River.  fishing grounds Specifically the areas of the river between Blue Springs and Lake George.  We’ll do the best we can to give information on Florida bass fishing on the Great St. Johns River , Weather Conditions, St. Johns River Water Levels, St. Johns River Fishing Forecast, Silver Glen Springs, and we will offer a particular focus on Large Mouth Bass Fishing.  However we will also attempt to give fishing information on other species as well including Crappie, Striped Bass, Catfish, Gar, and whatever else we might (or might not) be able to catch.

Make sure to also check out our information on; Florida fishing regulations, our Florida fishing report, bass fishing lures, bass fishing reports, and especially our bass fishing tips.

Good Luck! Keep your lines tight!

Topwater Fishing

When most bass anglers think about topwater fishing, visions of sunrises and sunsets flood their minds. Although lowlight conditions are a bit more conducive to topwater action, we’ve found outstanding topwater bites throughout all times of day.

Topwater fishing is not just for lowlight hours.  I think people really short themselves when they only throw topwater lures for an hour or two. Big fish become accustomed to seeing your typical hard baits swim in front of their faces and a topwater presentation will often catch those fish when other techniques fail. It’s always important to show them something they don’t see as much.

I fish topwaters a little more than most people because I commonly fish shallower lakes with a lot of visual structure. It is not very hard to get a fish to come out of 5’ depth to hit a topwater. I commonly fish around docks, in the weeds, anywhere I suspect is holding active fish. I prefer a little wind on the water because it makes the fish a little more active for high surface lures (maybe wind makes less light penetration, not sure about the whys on that one though)

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Lake George Fishing Spots – The Southern Humps – Part 1

I have been looking for Lake George fishing spots recently.  On a recent post about Lake George Florida Topo map from Navionics I showed  you (the ever loyal reader) 3 little mounds I had spied.  Let me offer you a bit more information about that find.

First a bit about their location.  For now we will call them the Southern Humps.  First the GPS coordinates are in contention.  The Navionics app for android shows them at 29’13.843′ N    81’34.930′ W  But those coordinates don’t jive with Google at all. Google has the spot at (approximately as Google doesn’t show lake bottom contours)  29.2275, -81.5804.  Nevertheless coming from the south end of Lake George from the mouth of the channel fenders take a heading of 170 for 1.5 nautical miles.  or from Marker 11 (southern mid lake) take a heading of 331 for .6 nautical miles.  You can’t miss the sonar signature.  The Navionics app says that the humps are 7 feet deep at their shallow point and shows the surrounding lake bed is 10 feet.  But current water levels (July 20 2013) have them at 6 feet and 9 feet respectively.

Lake George Southern Mounds

Click the image to the right to enlarge the map.

The area showed numerous fish on the finder.  A lot were shallow and seemed to be bait fish, while there was also a lot of activity at 5 – 6 feet all around the mound edges and in between the mounds.  There also seemed to be structures in the middle of the 3 humps.  I’ll also note that their were at least 8 crab trap or catfish trap buoys in the area as well (There weren’t any other buoys other than near the mounds for at least a quarter-mile).

There was eelgrass on and around the humps but that faded away the further you got from them.  I could tell this from the sonar signatures as well as what was returned on my lines when I got too close to the bottom using a spinner bait.

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Bass Fishing with Frog Lures on the St. John’s River

I’ve researched quite a bit information on Bass Fishing with Frog Lures that this post will share with you.  Fishing hollow-body frogs has become an incredible phenomenon all over the country. The neat thing about frog fishing is you learn to creep, walk, chug, pause and — most of all — always be ready for a big fish to crush a frog. This research can help you choose the right gear for frog fishing on the St. John’s, as well as find the best times to fish a frog, where to fish frogs, and different techniques to try the next time you go frog fishing.

frog lureFrog Fishing Equipment

Using the frog lures is pretty easy. Cast it out on the grass and hop it back to the boat. Hooking and landing the big bass that often inhabit this water can be challenging. Typically, experienced frog anglers will use heavy line and fairly stout rods to get these fish. Monofilament lines in the 20-30 pound class are common, and braided superlines in the 50-80 pound class have gained immense popularity in the past few years. Super braids have the ability to cut through the grass more easily than monofilaments and they give you a great advantage in hook-setting power, especially on a long cast. Some anglers prefer low and medium gear ratio reels, like 5:1, for the cranking power needed to winch these fish out of the salad. Others like higher speed reels so they can keep the fish moving toward them when they pull them out on top of the grass. Rods are generally long, from 7-8 feet with a relatively light tip and lots of backbone. The light tip is needed for long accurate casts and the stiff mid and butt sections will set the hook and move the fish. Many rod manufacturers have produced rods that were designed and engineered specifically for fishing frogs and have the action and power necessary to hook and land more frog fish. Continue reading

Lake George Topographical (topo) Map with Lake Bottom Contours

I hunted everywhere for a Topographical map of Lake George.

I might add that this is a VERY difficult thing to find.  I simply wanted a map that would clearly show Lake George’s bottom contours so I might find interesting places to fish.  I was looking for “bathtubs” and other lake bottom features that might yield great fishing spots.  My search was extensive and I will share with you the findings.  If you MUST get right to the answer then simply scroll to the bottom of this page and follow the link.

Of course the first thing I did was search Google for “lake george topographic map”  The results were not what I was looking for…

lake george first search

Apparently there is a more “famous” Lake George in New York.  The Lake George I wanted was in Florida.  Oops time to help Google with where I am located and do the search again.  I will say the first result looked promising. I mean look at the relief shown in that image.  Google is pretty kewl and I was looking forward to what I was going to find for the best bass fishing lake in the world.  Needless to say I was a bit disappointed:

lake george second search

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Fishing log 7/5/13

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Started by 10am decided to fish lake dexter where it meets the St Johns River. Anchored southeast of drop off. Fished with shad colored rattle traps, with slow return along bottom from deep (13 feet) to shallow (6.5 feet) Water temperature 84.6 degrees. We had numerous bites. Landed one small bass 2 lbs.

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Also tried spoons with various tails with no luck. Mike proved in the true Wisherman style how to catch a stick as well

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Lake George Bass Fishing

lake georgeLake George is a favorite spot of mine especially along the southern shore and the old targets in the Lake George Bombing Range.

Lake George Topography

Lake George is the second largest freshwater lake in Florida, only world-famous Lake Okeechobee is bigger in the Sunshine State and is located 18 miles northwest of Deland and 29 miles east of Ocala. Clearly the largest with the St. Johns River system. Lake George covers some 46,000 acres or 11 miles long by 6 miles wide, George lies about halfway between the headwaters of the St. Johns River and the river’s closure with the mighty Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville.

Lake George is an average depth of 8 feet deep. The west side of the lake is encompassed in the Ocala National Forest. Three major springs flow into Lake George on the west side. Salt Springs enters the northwest side of the lake through the 4.3 mile Salt Creek. Silver Glen Springs enters the lake about midway down on the west side, and multiple springs comprise Juniper Creek that flows into Lake George on the southwest side, with Juniper Springs at the headwater of the creek. The large island on the far north side of the lake is Drayton Island.  Check this out If you are looking for a Lake George Florida Topo map.

Lake George Bass Fishing Areas and Tips

Lake George is one of the premier largemouth bass fishing lakes in central Florida.  It has extensive aquatic vegetation, primarily eelgrass, that provides excellent habitat for bass. Wade fishing in eel grass with plastic worms fished on the surface or with other top-water lures is productive. Fishing with live golden shiners is an excellent method for catching trophy bass during the spring spawning season.

Hot spots on the lake include Juniper, Salt and Silver Glen spring runs on the western shoreline. In winter and early spring, look for bass to congregate at the jetties on the south end of the lake. Casting deep-diving crankbaits near old dock structures along the northeast shore and off Drayton Island can also be productive. When the bass gather around schools of bait, the fishing can be fantastic. Shiners are an excellent bait along with crankbaits, Texas-style worms and other soft plastic baits. Areas which have historically produced good bass fishing include the east side of Hog Island, The Bombing Range, Black Point, the Georgetown docks and pilings, and Lake George Point.

Winning Techniques: Topwater lures, plastic worms, live shiners for trophy-sized bass in the spring.

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