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OKEECHOBEE SNOOK & TARPON?

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Capt. Brian Honnorlaw of Lake Okeechobee Outdoors guide service (facebook.com/lakeokeechobeeoutdoors/) boated this 30-plus-inch snook on the Kissimmee River at Lake Okeechobee.

The west side of Lake Okeechobee in Glades County, Florida is an overlooked jewel of south Florida for anglers. To begin with it has some of the best largemouth bass and crappie fishing in the world, both of which have gained a bit of notoriety.

But, one might ask what that has to do with saltwater fly fishing? One trait of snook, tarpon and even jack crevalle are the fish are quite uppity and don’t seem to know their place.

Although this region lies at least 60 miles from the nearest true saltwater, these three species of fish show up regularly in the waters of Glade County. Indeed, some of these fish are year-round residents.

The two areas most likely to produce the snook and tarpon are around the mouths of the Caloosahatchee and Kissimmee Rivers at the lake. The snook usually are in some of the deeper holes along the shore, while the tarpon can be found rolling on the surface. In the case of the jacks, look for them busting bait downstream of the locks at Lakeport on the Caloosahatchee River in the summer months.

For more information on Glades County, go to visitglades.org.