Lake June in Florida
Lake June FISHING
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About Lake June in Winter
Lake June, previously called Lake Stearns, is a 3726-acre natural freshwater lake located on the western side of Lake Placid in Florida. The lake is a kidney-shaped water body located off U.S Highway 27 with two coves on the northeast and northwest and a maximum depth of 40 feet.
The entire western shore of Lake June is bordered by Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park. There are two public parks on the northeast cove’s shores, Lake June Park Sports complex on the southern end of the cove and H.L Bishop Park on the cove’s northern end. The Lake June Park Sports Complex has softball diamonds, picnic tables, a beach to swim, and a public boat ramp. Bishop Park has picnic tables, a fishing dock, a public boat ramp.
Lake June is a popular spot for recreational activities such as water skiing, ski boats, and jet skiing. However, the lake is favored by anglers for its incredible Florida fishing, being primarily abundant in largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill.
- All Fishing Equipment
- Professional Captain
- Boat & Fuel
- Cooler & Ice
- Bottled water
- Fishing Chairs
- GPS & Fishfinder
- Life Jackets
- Catch and Release Allowed
- Keep Fish Allowed within Laws
About this Tour:
- Boat Specs: 20+ ft
- Boat Capacity: 4 People
- All Fishing Equipment
- Boat & Fuel
- Spinning Rods
- Baitcasting Rods
- Left & Right Handed
- Fly Rods (request only)
- Braid & Mono Line
Lake June Fishing
The kidney-shaped lake is the third-largest in Highlands County, consisting of 3,739 acres of water. Lake June is a year-round fishery with extra productivity during the spawning months. During the spawning months, anglers sight fish for bedding bass along the shoreline of the lake. Two canals connect Lake June to two area lakes. It’s bound to Lake August on the southern end and Lake Carrie on the northern end.
Lake June has a great mixture of vegetation that provides the ideal protection for bedding bass and plenty of chances for an angler searching for a Florida trophy largemouth bass during spawning season. Like other Florida lakes, the spawn in Lake June is driven by water temperatures and the light-dark cycle, coming in waves. Lake June, Florida, is a well known FWC Trophy Catch lake, holding over twenty-four bass exceeding 8 pounds and released back into the lake since August 2013. The largest bass on record was 11 pounds 3 ounces in January 2015.
Along with being an excellent bass fishery, Lake June is home to quality Black Crappie (Specks), Shellcrackers (Redear Sunfish), Bream, Bluegill, Pickerel catfish. The fishery is full of baitfish such as shad, shiners, and Florida chubs. The fishery consists of an ideal environment for excellent deep-water fishing for crappies, bass, bluegills, and a nice sandy bottom with an abundance of healthy shallow water vegetation.
Swim jigs are the primary lures on almost all Florida lakes during the spawn and work great on Lake June. Other techniques include soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and live shiners, which are the baits of choice, providing the best results.
The bass holding along the grass edges will often take crankbaits, swimbaits, hard jerk baits, soft plastics, and live bait.
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Hiring A Local Expert
Lake June fishing guides are local experts who know the lake’s habits and safe navigation. This lake is historically known to be hard for anglers to locate fish as they tend to move shallow and deep unexpectedly. Your captain will provide a lot of local information to help you learn about the area and catch more fish for the next time you fish by yourself.
Highlands County Boat Ramp
There are two public boat ramps in the coves on the northeast; HL Bishop in the Sports Complex located on the south side of the cove has a fishing pier, softball diamonds, picnic tables, and a swimming area. The other boat ramp is opposite the park on the north side of the northeast cove.
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Area Things To Do
There is plenty of family fun adventures in the surrounding area of the fishery. The parks in highlands County are among the most popular attractions for visitors looking to be close to nature. Picnic tables, a fishing dock, and scenic walking trails full of wildlife make it a favorite spot. Other popular activities include shopping, dining, the casino, winery, airboat rides, and golf.
Lake June in Winter Scrub Preserve
The Winter Scrub Park is a quiet 845-acre preserve located on the west side of Lake June, about 10 minutes from Lake Placid, Florida, and 30 minutes from Highlands Hammock Park in Highlands County.
The preserve protects sand scrub, one of Florida’s most endangered natural communities. The area consists primarily of scrub, bayhead, and scrubby Flatwoods. This preserve is best for visitors seeking a remote location to experience the wilderness, bird-watching, and studying nature.
Visitors can hike the white sugar sand fire lanes, fish from the lakeshore, walk a half-mile nature trail, or launch a lightweight canoe or kayak into Lake June. The park also has a picnic area with shelter and tables but no grill.
The park’s natural experience is exceptional; some of the state’s most imperiled species live here.
The preserve is home to some of Florida’s rarest and endangered plant and animal species. A few of the species seen here are the Florida scrub-jay, scrub lizard, mouse, gopher tortoise, Eastern Indigo snake, Ospreys, and Bald Eagles. White-tailed deer, black bears, and bobcats are occasionally spotted.