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 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
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…
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:
A Spring with Unparalleled Beauty
Silver Glen Springs is a first-magnitude spring with a large, semicircular pool that measures 200 feet from north to south and 175 feet from east to west. Most of the strong flow emerges from two cavern openings in the rock at the bottom of the pool, with large boils at the water’s surface over the vents. The vertical cave opening called the Natural Well in the southwestern edge of the pool is about 12 to 15 feet in diameter and 40 feet deep. The vent in the east part of the pool is a conical depression about 18 feet deep. Silver Glen Springs is among the most beautiful of Florida’s blue gems, in no small part due to its exceptionally clear water and beautiful setting in the Ocala National Forest. Unlike some Florida springs, the unparalleled clarity of the water at this spring can always be counted on.
Started at 8:30 not on the water but rather at Front St Bait and Tackle, Astor, FL replacing a lost anchor from the previous days adventure. On water by 10am
St Johns River areas Fished :
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.
Also tried spoons with various tails with no luck. Mike proved in the true Wisherman style how to catch a stick as well
Lake 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.
Visitors flock to Central Florida for the theme parks and other attractions, but sometimes people forget that the Orlando, Florida area has undoubtedly the best bass fishing on the planet. Pro fishing tournaments, including one of the most prestigious bass tournaments, are routinely held in the lakes of the Orlando area. Guides know the local waters and are numerous and fishing boats are also available for rent at various locations.
Visitors Need a License
If you do not live in Florida, you will need to buy a Florida non-resident fishing license to legally fish in Orlando. Read the Florida Fishing Regulations information on how to get a license, These licenses are available for periods of three or seven days, or can be purchased for an entire year if you going to be here a while or are planning multiple trips to Central Florida. You can buy these licenses online.
When to Fish in Orlando
If you are fishing in Orlando, one of the best times to go is between November and March, especially toward the latter end of this period, as spawning has begun. However, the fish can be particular and may almost completely shut down feeding when cold fronts come through. Likewise, in the warmer months, the bass could be harder to find depending as they seek cooler waters.
This information relates to Florida freshwater fishing only. Recreational licenses and permits for residents and nonresidents are available at county tax collectors’ offices. In addition, you can buy them from subagents– like sporting goods stores, Walmart, or other retailers that sell hunting or fishing equipment. All license, permit and issuance fees are subject to change by the Florida legislature (i.e the prices listed below may change).
The Best Resource is the PDF Guide here: http://myfwc.com/media/2578893/FWRegSum_Ad_Free.pdf
Recreational freshwater fishing licenses and fees
A fishing license is required to attempt to take native or nonnative freshwater fish in Florida.
Before purchasing a recreational freshwater fishing license or permit, please make sure you understand what qualifies as Florida residency and that you really need a license or permit based on the exemptions.
Annual recreational fishing licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase or the alternate starting date if selected at the time of purchase, unless otherwise specified on the face of the license.
AstorFlorida.com has a great article on the history of Astor. While not complete or comprehensive it will give you a good start in understanding the area.
This “likable spot of goodly fish”, this “garden of Eden” is today called ASTOR and is still here for those who thirst for the unspoiled wilderness. The water of the St. John’s rolling relentlessly along the evergreen shores of silent hammocks dotted with dreamy ponds and spellbound creeks are still harboring the famous prize-winning fish, the cautious bobcats, playful otters, clumsy black bears, shy wild turkeys and the rare Florida panthers. The slender osprey is Astor’s mascot bird, but standing on the shoreline you can see hundreds of egret’s, herons and water turkeys. You can watch the majestic flight of the bald eagle and enjoy flowers of many colors year round.
Surrounded by the huge Ocala National Forest, and settled into the restless onyx-band of our great river, Astor is indeed the precious jewel of Central Florida one has to see just once never to forget it again.
via Astor Florida on the St Johns River area online Information, Businesses, Relocation Guide, Events Calendar, History.
City of Astor, FL Demographic Information
Population: 2,543 White Population: 2,399 Black Population: 15 Hispanic Population: 242 Asian Population: 0 Hawaiian Population: 2 Indian Population: 24 Other Population: 89 Male Population: 1,285 Female Population: 1,258 Avg House Value: $93,000 Avg Household Income: $29,514
* Demographic data is based on information taken from the 2000 Census.
via City of Astor, FL Zip Codes | ZipCode.org.