Orlando’s Fab Five

Clear Lake

Clear Lake is 313 acres and is known for its hybrid striped bass fishery.  This is more of a catch and keep fishery because it gets these fish don’t have suitable deep, colder water that bigger fish would need to survive the hot summers in Orlando.  Since most of these stripers don’t make it past age 3, average sizes range from 12 to 18 inches here depending on the size of the baits you are using.

Other fish here include channel catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, warmouth and white catfish.

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Lake Ivanhoe

Lake Ivanhoe is a smaller lake covering 125 acres.  It is located in downtown Orlando and it is popular among water skiers.  Anglers can still get out here and enjoy the fishing, but to do that, the early mornings and the cooler months are the times to get out here and fish.  This lake is known as a big bass fishery with bass in the 7 to 9 pound range being possible.  You don’t see too many 10 pound bass being caught here, but there are still a lot of bass above 5 pounds in this lake.

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Starke Lake

Starke Lake coves 225 acres and is known as one of the better and more angler friendly “Fab 5 Lakes.”  This lake gets a lot of fishing pressure, but you can still do well on this lake, especially if you fish with live shiners.  Anglers can also target a variety of panfish with crappie, bluegill and other sunfish too.

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Turkey Lake

Turkey Lake is a good lake for bass fishing and anglers can rent a boat out here as well.  It covers 339 acres and has four floating fishing piers to give some bank anglers more options.  You can catch good numbers of bass here with some big bass too.  There is a large park here called Bill Frederick Park At Turkey Lake.  There is a lot more here than just the fishing if you are looking for some outdoor recreational options in the area.

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Lake Underhill

Lake Underhill is a smaller lake covering only 147 acres.  However, it is a solid bass fishing lake with good numbers of bass and some big bass too.  The recent special regulations for this lake has helped make this lake a quality bass fishing worth spending a day on.

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