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FL-fisher,

No, I have never fished Lake Marion, though it's only 15 miles from my house (as the crane flies).

Since you lived on the lake you probably know, but I tell you anyway. Marion is a historic bass lake

that used to produce a lot of whoppers during the 1960s and 70s. From what I've read lately,

Marion has lost it's lunker status but still produces good numbers. Today, Lake Marion is highly touted

for its superb crappie fishing.

Now that you live in Lakeland, you've got Tenoroc WMA, Saddle Creek

and the whole Winter Haven Chain ::) ::):o :o 8-) 8-)  

Roger

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FL-fisher,

No, I have never fished Lake Marion, though it's only 15 miles from my house (as the crane flies).

Since you lived on the lake you probably know, but I tell you anyway. Marion is a historic bass lake

that used to produce a lot of whoppers during the 1960s and 70s. From what I've read lately,

Marion has lost it's lunker status but still produces good numbers. Today, Lake Marion is highly touted

for its superb crappie fishing.

Now that you live in Lakeland, you've got Tenoroc WMA, Saddle Creek

and the whole Winter Haven Chain ::) ::):o :o 8-) 8-)

Roger

Yes the crappie fishing is very good, there has been many times that I caught over 100 of them fishing at night in about 3 hours. There is some good size to them to the biggest I have ever caught is 18 1/2 ins long not sure of the weigh

After all the hydralla was sprayed and killed/ the bass are not as big as they once were. There are still some good size bass there I hear of a 9 to 10lb bass being caught in tournys every once in a while. There was a 13lber caught a few years back. Last year I caught more bass 5lbs and up than I ever have so eather Im becoming a better fisherman or the bass are getting bigger.(I think it is a little of both). Lake marion can be really tuff if you dont no how to fish it. There were many times last year that 5 pounds would have won a tourny,and then there was others that you would need 20+.

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Hey RoLo is Saddle Creek good for bass fishing? I tried fishing it last month but for only about 1 hour and didnt get a bite. I was a little turnd off by the deep water I dont like deep water lol ,But if you think it is good bass fishing Ill have to give it another try.

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fla. born and gator bred and when i die i'll be fla. gator dead!!!

i live in lake butler, and my home lakes are sampson/rowell as well as others

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Hey RoLo is Saddle Creek good for bass fishing? I tried fishing it last month but for only about 1 hour and didnt get a bite. I was a little turnd off by the deep water I dont like deep water lol ,But if you think it is good bass fishing Ill have to give it another try.

I only mentioned Saddle Creek because it's so popular, but in my opinion it's overrated.

I feel pretty much the same about Tenoroc, all those regulations can be a real pain.

Close to you is the Winter Haven Chain. From what I've read and heard, Lake Smart (275 acres)

is arguably the best bass lake in the chain. Just two years ago it yielded a 14-lb and two 13-lb bass.

Visiting anglers prefer Lake Eloise (1,150 acres), the largest lake in the chain (Cypress Gardens).

             Also close to you is Lake Hatchineha. I think it's a sleeper lake because the Big-K (kissimmee)

bears the brunt of fishing pressure. Fairly recently an electroshock study on Hatchineha produced

larger bass than they shocked-up in Lake Kissimmee.

Roger

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I just Moved to sarasota FL from around greenville NC. tryign to make some new freinds to show me around and teach me more about bass fishing

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Welcome aboard rrupe welcome.gif

What part of Florida?

Roger

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Orlando area here. My 'home lake' would probably be the Winter Park chain (Lakes Maitland, Minnehaha, Osceola, Mizell and Virginia). Also close to the St. John's river, I've fished the stretch from Lake Monroe to Lake Harney.

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