Winter Haven Chain Of Lakes

Details

Location:
Winter Haven, FL
United States United States
Coordinates:
28.0235, -81.7421
Distance:
0.0 Miles
Description:

Winter Haven Chain has officially adopted the slogan, "The Chain of Lakes City." Widely recognized as the water skiing capital of the world, Winter Haven's "Chain of Lakes" is a boater's paradise. The famous chain is a unique series of 16 lakes connected by navigable canals. Winter Haven is 146 feet above sea level. It's city limits touch or surround more than 30 lakes. Polk County's 2,002 square miles include 554 freshwater lakes.

Located within the city of Winter Haven, nine lakes compose this 6000-acre chain where fishing and boating are extremely popular. Boat and shore access to the South Chain are available at lakes Summit, Shipp, Howard, Cannon, and Hartridge. The North Chain can be accessed through lakes Conine, Rochelle, and Haines. Public boat ramps are available in many places along lakeshores, some in conjunction with beaches, fishing piers, recreational facilities and picnic grounds. Lake Shipp Park, an 18-acre city park, has a boat ramp and picnic tables. Lake Cannon Park features picnic and launch facilities as well. Winter Haven has officially adopted the slogan, "The Chain of Lakes City." Winter Haven's "Chain of Lakes" is a boater's paradise and recognized as the water skiing capital of the world. The famous chain is a unique series of 16 lakes connected by navigable canals.

Tips/Tactics:

Winter Haven Chain fishing look for schooling largemouth bass. Soft plastic lures in Junebug and red shad colors will produce bass around shoreline vegetation. Use live wild shiners for the best chance at some big bass over submerged vegetation. Bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing will begin to slow as spawning congregations disperse. Use crickets and red wigglers fished under a cork for bluegill and shellcracker, respectively. Black crappie (specks) fishing should improve as the water temperatures cool in the fall. Catfish can be found in the deeper holes in the lakes. Use chicken liver, commercial stinkbaits, and frozen shrimp on the bottom or under a cork.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Pier, Shore fishing access, Playground, Restrooms, Beach, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating, Bait shop on site, Marina
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Fishing Reports

Central Florida Bucketmouths Capt. Monte Goodman
about 3 years ago (09/20/2011)

Winter Haven Chain Of Lakes Fishing Report 09.20.11

Recent rains have the water level a little closer to where it needs to be on both the North and South Chains. Still down about two feet though. Most canals can be safely navigated. Only a few remain impassible Also, due to the rain and slightly cooler nights, the water temperature has fallen a few degrees which has the bass more active. Look for schooling bass to become more frequent as the water temp slowly continues to drop. Keep a rod ready with a shad imitating lure such as a topwater or r...

Winter Haven Chain Of Lakes Fishing Report 09.14.11

Recent rains have cooled down the water a bit and perked up the bite a little. Canals are looking better also but still shallow. Decent sized fish 2-4 lbs hitting spinnerbaits, rattlebaits, and shiners early around submerged eelgrass and hydrilla. After that fish offshore structure 8-12' with deep diving crankbaits and/or Texas/ Carolina rigged soft plastics.     Capt. Monte Goodman Central Florida Bucketmouths www.cfbucketmouths.com 863-661-7226  ...
Central Florida Bucketmouths Capt. Monte Goodman
over 3 years ago (08/24/2011)

Winter Haven Chain Of Lakes Fishing Report 08.24.11

  Winter Haven Chain   Canals are terribly low. Few fish biting in the early morning around open water hydrilla and eelgrass 5 - 10 ft on Texas rigged junebug and redbug worms. Very tough to get bit after 10:00 am Try submerged brush or grass 8 - 15 ft.   Capt. Monte Goodman Central Florida Bucketmouths www.cfbucketmouths.com 863-661-7226    ...
Central Florida Bucketmouths Capt. Monte Goodman
over 3 years ago (08/17/2011)

Winter Haven Chain Of Lakes Fishing Report 08.17.11

Winter Haven     The dog days of summer are in full swing. Tough fishing is an understatement for trying to describe the South Winter Haven chain. As a matter of fact it's tougher than I have ever seen it before. It's hard enough just trying to get around, much less catch a fish. Most canals can barely be navigated, some cannot. Use extreme caution when idling through the canals as some of them have lots of submerged objects that can damage props or entire lower units. Also san...

Fish

Basshybridstriped-240-fw

Bass, Hybrid Striped (Morone saxatilis x Morone chrysops)

Freshwater
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Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Smallmouth-240-fw

Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)

Freshwater
Bluegill-240-fwsw

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
Carpcommon-219-fwsw

Carp, Common (Cyprinus Carpio)

Blackcrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Redearsunfish-240-fw

Sunfish, Redear (Lepomis microlophus)

Freshwater

Guides

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Central Florida Bucketmouths

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