Originally published at https://myfwc.com/fishing/freshwater/sites-forecasts/ne/lake-harris/ on October 1, 2019.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) has released the fishing forecast for the historic Harris Chain of Lakes for the months of October – December, 2019. Check out their thoughts and get on the water! Visit LakeBIGBass.com for more information on fishing in Lake County, FL.
As the weather starts cooling off the bass bite should heat up. Bass should be moving back in the shallows. Try flipping and pitching Texas-rigged worm (e.g., trick, speed, senko) or creature bait in and around shoreline vegetation. Popular soft plastic colors on the Harris Chain include Redbug and Junebug. Submersed vegetation has expanded in a few Harris Chain Lakes (e.g., Griffin and Dora), try lipless crankbaits or swimbaits around the edges of the vegetation.
Starting in late fall, Black Crappie fishing should improve throughout the Harris Chain. Lakes Dora, Beauclair, and Carlton are normally the best crappie lakes on the chain. Anglers typically troll the open water during the fall and winter months using live bait (e.g., minnows) or small jigs. Try trolling your baits at different depths to find where the crappie are holding. You can also try the FWC fish attractors throughout the chain. These artificial trees help concentrate crappie in the fall/winter months. You can vertically jig or troll over the attractors. *Please note, If trolling, make sure you set your baits high enough to insure you don’t snag the attractors. For shoreline crappie anglers, try the underwater dock lights at Hickory Point Park at Lake Harris. These underwater lights should attract crappie for a nighttime bite.
TrophyCatch is FWC’s citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from the Harris Chain of Lakes:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 97
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 18