To all bass anglers, if you considered yourself a "river rat," you will be happy to know when fishing the north end of Okeechobee you now have the option of using the Kissimmee river again.
Anglers and boaters can now navigate north and south through the lock and weir during regular operating hours.
Those hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays year-round; 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from March 1 to Oct. 31; and 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28.
Farther north, the section of the river at the north end of the restored river is closed to boats.
For information, call the SFWMD in Okeeechobee at 800-250-4200 and in Orlando at 800-250-4250.