Lake Okeechobee Fishing Guides

okeechobee guides ★★★★★ 4.9 67 reviews
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Okeechobee Guides

Meet the TEAM of local Lake Okeechobee bass fishing guides, we know the best spots, baits, and techniques to give you the greatest fishing experience.

We are not a booking service where no one fishes. However, we are a group of Lake Okeechobee fishing guides that have gotten together as a TEAM. Under the best conditions to provide you with the finest customer service the Lake Okeechobee industry has ever experienced. For instance, our captains specialize in trophy largemouth bass, you want to shiner fish with live bait, catch them flipping or on topwater using artificial lures, we have that captain. How about fly fishing, maybe a small group or special needs we have pontoon boats

Why else, you ask?

Secondly, we want you to get the complete experience by being with someone that specializes in what you want to do and catch. Thirdly, we have captains that work with experienced bass anglers, who are looking for prime waters and new techniques, also novice bass anglers who are out for a true fun learning experience.

In conclusion, what we enjoy the most is getting those first-timers “hooked” on fishing. Rest assured we provide everything you need for your fishing trip and that we don’t take being ranked #1 lightly please read our reviews and fishing reports. So take a look below and get to know the TEAM and what separates us from all the look-a-likes.

Capt Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard ★★★★★ 5 36 reviews
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Capt Mark Shepard is a full-time fishing guide and touring professional with experience including BASS Master, FLW, BFL, and many more. Mark was born and raised here in Florida [Read More]
Bass Boat Red
22’ Sterling
1 to 4 people
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Full Time

Capt Mark Rogers

Mark Rogers ★★★★★ 4.7 13 reviews
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Capt Mark Rogers is a full-time Southwest Florida fishing guide for bass and saltwater offshore fishing. Fished 15 yrs as professional as a B.A.S.S. Elite Pro. Mark was raised [Read More]
Bass Boat Red
21’ Boat
1 to 3 people
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Full Time

Capt Brett Isackson

Brett Isackson ★★★★★ 5 32 reviews
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Capt Brett Isackson is and has been a full-time fishing guide in South Florida for over 15 years. Is the go to guide for all exotic species specialist, peacock, clown knife fish and [Read More]
Bass Boat Red
22’ Sterling
1 to 4 people
Guide Calendar
Full Time
Saltwater Fishing Charters
Dave Lauer ★★★★★ 5 24 reviews
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Capt Dave Lauer is part of our Bass Online Pro Team and a top angler on Lake Okeechobee, and a full-time guide on his home waters out of Slims Fish Camp in Belle Glade, FL [Read More]
Bass Boat Red
22’ Ranger
1 to 4 people
Guide Calendar
Full Time

Capt Larry Crossman

Larry Crossman ★★★★★ 5 4 reviews
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Capt Larry Crossman is part of our Bass Online Pro Team and considered a top angler around Lake Okeechobee. Full-time based in Okeechobee city, has as a long list of tournament [Read More]

Bass Boat Red
22’ Sterling
1 to 4 people
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Full Time

Capt Robery Miley

Robert Miley ★★★★★ 5 22 reviews
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Capt Robert Miley is a full-time South Florida fishing guide and started fishing Everglades in 1970. A well known as the “King of Peacock,” and has over 20 years of knowledge [Read More]

Bass Boat Red
21’ Z9 Nitro
1 to 3 people
Guide Calendar
Full Time

Capt Brian Brown

Brian Brown ★★★★★ 4.8 18 reviews
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Capt Brian Brown is a full-time bass fishing guide, he is also your go-to Crappie fishing guide on Lake Okeechobee. With over 20yrs of experience, [Read More]

Bass Boat Red
21’ Triton
1 to 4 people
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Full Time

Capt Mike Groshon

Mike Groshon ★★★★★ 5 66 reviews
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Capt Mike Groshon was raised in Northern Virginia, he grew up fishing lakes and rivers in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia then as most headed south for warmer weather and…[Read More]

Bass Boat Red
22’ Ranger
1 to 4 people
Guide Calendar
Full Time
Saltwater Fishing Charters

Capt Robert Alfano

Robert Alfano ★★★★★ 5 14 reviews
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Capt Robert Alfano local to Okeechobee and retired law enforcement. Anglers Choice Angler of the year Police and Fire Olympic Games Gold Medal winner and just a fun guy to fish with [Read More]

Bass Boat Red
21’ Big O
1 to 3 people
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Full Time

Capt Galen Fugh

Galen Fugh ★★★★★ 4.7 7 reviews
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Capt Galen Fugh came to Lake Okeechobee and fell in love with the lake. He’s a family-oriented man, loves showing kids and adults how to fish. He has a long list of tournament [Read More]

Bass Boat Red
21’ Ranger
1 to 4 people
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Full Time

Capt Wayne Fellows

Wayne Fellows ★★★★★ 5 69 reviews
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Capt Wayne Fellows was born and raised in South Florida. He started fishing at the age of 4 years old and catching his first fish at 5 (a 10 lb grouper). Like most people, my love for fishing…[Read More]

Bass Boat Red
23’ Blue Water
1 to 5 people
Guide Calendar
Full Time

Capt Mark Rose

Mark Rose ★★★★★ 5 83 reviews
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Capt Mark Rose hometown is Pittsburgh PA. Mark has been fishing Lake Erie and Lake Okeechobee since 1999. He fishes Lake Erie in the spring for smallmouth he loves [Read More]

Bass Boat Red
22’ Ranger
1 to 4 people
Guide Calendar
Full Time

Capt Mark “Turtle” Hilles

Mark Hilles ★★★★★ 5 10 reviews
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Capt Mark Hilles originally from Berea, Ohio. Now retired, very blessed to have fished in various bass fishing tournaments. Learn a lot, catch fish, so let’s go fishing and have a blessed day![Read More]

Bass Boat Red
21’ Storm
1 to 3 people
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Full Time

Capt Joe Gruny

Joe Gruny ★★★★★ 5 10 reviews
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Capt Joe Gruny grow up in Medford, New York, although I grew up surrounded by saltwater, freshwater bass fishing was my love and passion. I would spend the summer days fishing the lower [Read More]
Bass Boat Red
21’ Ranger
1 to 4 people
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Full Time

Capt Rick Mitchell

Rick Mitchell ★★★★★ 5 8 reviews
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Capt Rick Mitchell is a full-time freshwater and saltwater inshore guide. After 25yrs as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army he is falling his passion fishing tournaments and [Read More]
Bass Boat Red
23’ Skeeter
1 to 4 people
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Full Time

Capt Bill Goudy Jr

Bill Goudy ★★★★★ 5 79 reviews
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Capt Bill Goudy Jr, a licensed Master Captain native to Iowa. Raised on the Mississippi River, now lives the Florida dream. He’s been fishing longer than he can remember  [Read More]

Bass Boat Red
19’ Ranger
1 to 3 people
Guide Calendar
Full Time

Capt John Larsen

John Larsen ★★★★★ 5 12 reviews
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Capt John Larsen started guiding to share his passion and knowledge with others. John has enjoyed the Florida waters all his life as a Native. It could be said that he was raised for this. It started [Read More]
Bass Boat Red
22’ Sterling
1 to 4 people
Guide Calendar
Full Time

Capt Robert Wroblewski

Robert Wroblewski ★★★★★ 5 1 reviews
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Captain Robert Wroblewski is a full time guide and tournament angler from Southwest Florida with over 20 years of experience on local waters. Captain Gino charters both freshwater and saltwater [Read More]

Bass Boat Red
22’ BigO
1 to 3 people
Guide Calendar
Full Time
Frequent Asked Question of Lake Okeechobee
What is the best time of year to fish Lake Okeechobee?

The spawning season is normally the time of year most popular for catching a big trophy bass. Spawning can start as early as late November and run in to June. Jan, Feb, March, April are all very popular months. With that said, numbers of fish caught in April, May and June are topically higher.

How is the fishing in Lake Okeechobee?

Fishing the Lake by Boat

The most popular way to fish Okeechobee is by bass boat with a trolling motor is the common way to fish the large lake. Motoring up to small stands of peppergrass and other vegetation that had grown up around brushy areas on Lake Okeechobee brings the best results. Bass feed in the grass which holds all the baitfish. Navigation at normal water levels is generally hazard free using a trilling motor.

Fishing the Lake from Shore

The lake because of its size has limited access, but is surround by a canal inside the Herbert Hoover leeve. The canal is accessable amost all the way around the 720 square mile lake. The canal have resedent bass and catfish as well several panfish like crappie and bluegill.

How much is a fishing guide?

The going rate for Lake Okeechobee fishing guides starts around $300 for 4 hours, $400 for 6 hours and $500 for 8 hours. With experience and high demand from tourist most of your top guides are booked well in advance and never discount. As with all product s and service, you will always find the discount guide. Fishing guide are not generally one of things you want to purachase based on price, as quality comes with avaiablity and experience.

What is the biggest bass caught in Lake Okeechobee?

In fact, the lake record for biggest bass caught on Lake Okeechobee is 15 pounds and 5 ounces and the world record for largest largemouth bass caught is 22 pounds and 4 ounces. 

Are there alligators in Lake Okeechobee?

 Alligators are very abundant in Okeechobee, although at times its hard to find them based on lake size. FWC estimates the population of alligators to be around 12,925 on Lake Jesup in CentralFlorida which ranks second to mammoth Lake Okeechobee. Okeechobee with an estinated of 28,106 alligators, that’s the most in any one state lake. Although Okeechobee has more than twice the number of gators as Lake Jesup, it’s also 28 times larger. So, yes there are plenty of Alligotors on Lake Okeechobee!

How do people dress for fishing charter on Okeechobee?

In layers is best, but fishing is casual. A sundress for ladies with bikini underneath is not uncommon. Khaki shorts for guys is as dressed up as anyone ever gets, long pants work if you’re not using to the sun. In the same vein, there are no “styles.” Get comfortable with whatever dress code is the norm. But always try to wear light colors as they are cooler.

Remeber your seasons, it makes all the difference in the world. Lake Okeechobee especially gets very cool in winter months during the early AM. Again wear layers for best results. 

What fish live in Lake Okeechobee?

Lake Okeechobee os known for it largemouth bass, but over the years has been a good crappie fishery as well. The lake is home to many other species as well. The bluegill, redear sunfish, warmouth, bowfin, Florida Gar, Carp, Catfish, Chain pickerel and more recently the Mayan Cichlid. Most all of this continues to reproduces because of the populating of Golden Shiners and American Shad.

Lake Okeechobee Fishing Guides Reviews

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Okeechobee Guides
★★★★★
2 days of fish catching memories. I boated over 50 bass. Captain Mark Rose put me on the fish both days. I also landed a 2 1/2 lbs peacock bass. My plans are to do it again next year.
- Darryl Prince

Lake okeechobee large mouth

Okeechobee Guides
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Went bass fishing with Captain Dave Lauer and had a fantastic trip. Dave put us on fish straight away and we had a very busy and exciting day out, finishing with a 5.5 pound large mouth. I highly recommend Dave as your captain as he was happy to give tips and share knowledge all day - thanks again Dave a fishing day to remember.
- Peter

Great experience!

okeechobee guides
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It was a great experience! Mark, not only was able to get us to catch fish, but taught us a lot about the fishery in the ecosystem. He was very kind, friendly, and helpful at every opportunity possible! He gave up tips and new knowledge that we will be able to apply to our own fishing in our hometown of Ohio. Book with Mark, you will have a blast!!
- Gabriella Glusko
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Additional Florida Fishing Guide Locations

Still need more choices, search the different regions where the guides are located by using this map below. Click on map regions or any of the hyperlinked names. The database enables you to select fishing areas or by Species. Refine your guide search by reading the guide profiles which displayed their particular specialty, locations,  and species they target. Should you wish to just target a particular species, like largemouth bass or crappie, for example, you may just click on that particular species link, and you will see a listing of all fishing guides in FL that target that species.

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Refine your search by Clewiston fishing guides, Jupiter Florida fishing guides, Fort Pierce fishing guides, Fort Myers fishing guides, West Palm Beach fishing guides. Additionally, bass fishing guides that service lakes in the around Lake Okeechobee like “Lake Ida, Lake Istokpoga, the Everglades, and Lake Trafford area. You have come to the right place Nation’s largest and #1 rated Guide Service on the planet.

Also check out fishing reports sponsored by the Wildlife Foundation of Florida and TEAM members of the largest Florida fishing guide service, so let’s go fishing!

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