Lake Okeechobee Fishing Guides

okeechobee guides ★★★★★ 4.9 68 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 most incredible fishing experience in the sunshine state.

We are not a booking service where no one fishes, but a group of Lake Okeechobee fishing guides that have gotten together as a TEAM. Under the best conditions to provide you with the most satisfactory customer service the Lake Okeechobee industry has ever experienced. For instance, our captains specialize in trophy largemouth bass; if 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 available for your next bass fishing trip in south-central Florida.

Why else, you ask?

We want you to get the complete experience by being with someone that specializes in what you want to do and catch. We have captains who work with experienced bass anglers looking for prime waters and new techniques, as well as, novice bass anglers who are out for a true fun learning experience. 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 please take a look below to get to know the TEAM and what separates us from all the look-a-likes.

Capt Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard ★★★★★ 5 39 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 ★★★★★ 4.8 15 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 37 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
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Dave Lauer ★★★★★ 5 25 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
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Full Time

Capt Larry Crossman

Larry Crossman ★★★★★ 5 6 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 26 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
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Full Time

Capt Brian Brown

Brian Brown ★★★★★ 4.9 20 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 69 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
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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 ★★★★★ 4.9 72 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 ★★★★★ 5 103 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
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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 13 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 ★★★★★ 5 103 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 13 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
Frequently Asked Questions of Lake Okeechobee
What is the best time of year to fish Lake Okeechobee?

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

How is the fishing in Lake Okeechobee?

Fishing the Lake by Boat

The most popular way to fish Lake Okeechobee is by bass boat with a trolling motor. 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 trolling motor.

Fishing the Lake from Shore

Because of its size, the lake has limited shore fishing access but is surrounded by a canal inside the Herbert Hoover Dike. The canal is accessible almost all the way around the 720 square mile lake. The canal has resident bass and catfish as well as several panfish like crappie and bluegill.

How much is a fishing guide?

The going rate for Lake Okeechobee fishing guides starts at around $300 for 4 hours, $375 for 6 hours, and $425 for 8 hours for two people. With experience and high demand from tourists, most of your top guides are booked well in advance and never discount. As with all products and services, you will always find the discount guide. Fishing guides are not generally one of the things you want to purchase based on price, as quality comes with availability and experience.

An extra person costs $75-$100, and an extra hour costs $25.00.

What is the biggest bass caught in Lake Okeechobee?

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

Are there alligators in Lake Okeechobee?

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

How do people dress for fishing charter on Okeechobee?

Dressing in layers is best, especially during cooler months, but fishing is casual. A sundress for ladies with a bathing suit underneath is not uncommon. For guys, khaki shorts is as dressed up as anyone ever gets; long pants are good if you’re not used to the sun. Dress comfortably, but always try to wear light colors as they are cooler.

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

What fish live in Lake Okeechobee?

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

Okeechobee Fishing Guides Reviews

Bass fishing

Okeechobee Guides
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Capt. Brian knows the lake and how to put you on the fish. My wife and I caught many bass 16-18” with some larger 5 - 6 lbs as well.
- mpierson064

Good memories

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

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Okeechobee Guides
★★★★★
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
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What’s Included

  • A Professional Fishing Guide
  • Well-maintained fishing boat.
  • Quality Fishing Rods & Reels.
  • Quality Lures and Tackle.
  • Commercial Guide Insurance.
  • United States Coast Guard Verification.
  • Transportation is available.
  • Assistance with Taxidermy Services.
  • Photos of your fishing adventure!

The only thing anglers need to do before fishing Lake Okeechobee is to purchase a Florida freshwater fishing license.

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Still need more choices for fishing charters? Search the different regions and Florida lakes 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 target a specific species, like largemouth bass or crappie, for example, you may 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 for fishing trips 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 top lakes around Lake Okeechobee like Lake Ida, Lake Istokpoga, the Florida Everglades, and the Lake Trafford area. Finally, if you’re interested in catching the exotic peacock bass, check out our South Florida guides in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach. Welcome to the 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!

We are continuously adding new guides to this page. If you have gone with a guide before who isn’t listed, please call the office for details; they likely got moved to a different page. If you are a bass fishing guide in the Okeechobee Region of Florida, new and want a good start, already a guide and tired of struggling, wanting to work with a team, please contact us by using this guide contact form!

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