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Lake Okeechobee Fishing Guides

okeechobee guides ★★★★★ 4.9 87 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 ofLake 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 66 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 Brett Isackson

Brett Isackson ★★★★★ 5 87 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
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Full Time
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Dave Lauer ★★★★★ 5 40 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 10 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
Guide Calendar
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
Guide Calendar
Full Time
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Capt Galen Fugh

Galen Fugh ★★★★★ 4.8 14 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 96 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
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Full Time

Capt Mark Rose

Mark Rose ★★★★★ 4.9 341 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 John Larsen

John Larsen ★★★★★ 5 23 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 Bobby Kimble

Bobby Kimble ★★★★★ 5 23 reviews
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Capt Bobby Kimble is a full-time fishing guide in Palm Beach Florida and he was born in VA. As a teen was introduced to fishing and was hooked. His love of sports and the outdoors kept him busy. Loves to share his knowledge[Read More]

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

Capt DJ Timms

DJ Timms ★★★★★ 5 43 reviews
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Capt DJ Timms is a full-time South Florida fishing guide. He guides for both Trophy Large Mouth Bass and Peacock Bass. He is a Marine Corps Veteran born and raised in [Read More]
Bass Boat Red
22’ Hewes
1 to 4 people
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Full Time

Capt Kayman Mills

Kayman Mills ★★★★★ 5 10 reviews
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Captain Kayman Mills is a full-time guide on Lake Okeechobee and the Florida Everglades for trophy largemouth bass on the big O and peacock bass in the Everglades. Experience the local waters with a true local in a luxury Ranger boat [Read More]

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

Capt Paul Dampier

Paul Dampier ★★★★★ 5 36 reviews
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Capt Paul Dampier is a Native that has navigated and fished Florida’s lakes, ponds, and canals most of his life. He has a strong passion for fishing, and he is well-versed in the different kinds of lures​ [Read More]

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

Capt Dan Hamilton

Dan Hamilton ★★★★★ 5 3 reviews
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Capt Dan Hamilton is a Florida native and has called South Florida his home for over 50 years. He grew up fishing lakes and ponds for Largemouth Bass and saltwater for Snook and Redfish. A Army veteran (Military Police) [Read More]

Bass Boat Red
19' Nitro
1 to 3 people
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Full Time

Capt Justin Carriker

Justin Carriker ★★★★★ 5 7 reviews
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Capt Justin Carriker is a full-time fishing guide in Florida – He lives on Lake Okeechobee and fishes Clewiston, Belle Glade & Okeechobee City. Also, significantly, they can fish for trophy largemouth bass as well as crappie, also known as speck. Interested in having a fun time and catching fish Capt Justin could be your guy [Read More]

Bass Boat Red
20' Nitro
1 to 4 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 $350 for 4 hours, $450 for 6 hours, and $550 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

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Okeechobee Guides
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Awesome experience on Okeechobee with Captain Mark! On what was a slow day for others, we ended up putting 40+ bass in the boat. Definitely would suggest booking him and plan to book again myself!
- Braeden Neyens

Great experience!

Okeechobee Guides
★★★★★
"Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing delivered an incredible experience! The guides were skilled, personable, and knew the lake like the back of their hand. Caught some impressive bass – a day well spent!"
- Passport27814796446

Superb experience

Okeechobee Guides
★★★★★
"Five-star fishing with Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing! The guides were not only experts in bass fishing but also passionate about ensuring we had a great time. Can't wait to come back for more!"
- Departure46288128021
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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 using the map below. Click on map regions or any of the hyperlinked names. The database enables you to select fishing areas or species. Refine your guide search by reading the guide profiles, which display 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 with Clewiston fishing guides, Jupiter Florida fishing guides, Fort Pierce fishing guides, >Fort Myers fishing guides, West Palm Beach fishing guides. Additionally, bass fishing guides 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!

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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Palm Beach * Boynton Beach * Boca Raton * Fort Lauderdale * Clewiston * Fort Myers * Jupiter * Port St Lucie * West Palm Beach * Okeechobee * Cape Coral * Fort Pierce