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LAKE OSBORNE FISHING
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About Lake Osborne Fishing Charters
Lake Osborne is a 356-acre lake in the city of Lake Worth in Palm Beach County, Florida. Lake Osborne is a well-stocked freshwater lake connected to Lake Ida. Both Lake Ida and Osborne are a part of the natural system of freshwater lakes located in Palm Beach County, west of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Osborne is only minutes from the West Palm Beach airport and the tropical Palm Beach Beaches.
The lake is bordered on the east by Lake Worth and the west by John Prince Memorial Park. The area surrounded by John Prince has a boat ramp and a fishing dock equipped with a fish feeder, both open to the public. There are also picnic pavilions, a campground, and public restrooms available at John Prince.
Lake Osborne is essential for transporting, storing, and processing stormwater and serving as a water supply for Palm Beach County.
Osborne is a popular spot for boating and fishing along with various shore-based activities.
Lake Osborne offers an urban fishing experience where anglers can fish the productive spots around the sea walls of waterfront homes and along the park’s tree-lined, grassy stretches. Palm Beach County is the perfect area for anglers to catch exotic species that can’t be caught anywhere else in the United States, such as the butterfly peacock bass and the clown knife fish.
Lake Osborne Fishing
Most of the lake is surrounded by John Prince Park, providing plenty of places for bank access. Lake Osborne’s shoreline surrounded by John Prince Park has been planted with bulrush, spike rush, pickerelweed, and other wetland plants to improve the marsh habitat previously hurt by human activities. The aquatic vegetation in Lake Osborne consists of spatterdock, cattail, and hydrilla.
There are nine fish attractors on the lake marked with buoys. Common fish species in Lake Osborne include largemouth bass, butterfly peacock bass, sunshine bass, clown knife fish, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish, and Mayan cichlids.
The largemouth bass found in Lake Osborne often weigh up to 6 pounds, but it’s not uncommon to catch a bass in this lake that weighs closer to 10 pounds. The catch rate for bass in Osborne is higher than the statewide average.
This lake system located in Palm Beach is the furthest north spot in Florida anglers can experience catching the exotic butterfly peacock bass. Lake Osborne is one of the only places to catch clown knifefish in the United States. Live bait and artificials can both work for catching fish on Lake Osborne.
Lake Osborne Fishing Guides
Lake Osborne Fishing Charters
A Lake Osborne fishing charter provides anglers with the opportunity to experience Florida’s most famous species, including trophy bass, sunshine, redear sunfish, catfish, and Mayan cichlids. Anglers from across the globe come to this water body for the chance at catching exotic fish such as peacock bass and clown knife fish that aren’t found anywhere else in the United States. Lake Osborne is a top freshwater fishery in South Florida; even on a windy day, your fishing guide will be able to find a spot sheltered from the wind that’s holding fish. All of the lakes in the Palm Beach system with Lake Osborne as full of vegetation and active fish throughout the year, making any time a great time to catch a Florida trophy bass, black crappie, exotics, and more.
Boat Ramps and Regulations
John Prince has a public boat ramp and fishing dock equipped with an automatic fish feeder. Boat ramps to access Lake Osborne are at John Prince east of Palm Beach Community College, on the southern side of Lake Worth Road. There are no fish camps, marinas, or bait and tackle stores on the lake.
Fishing licenses are required to fish any Florida lakes or canals. Florida residents between 16 and 65 years of age need to purchase a freshwater fishing license and any nonresidents over 16 need a license.
- 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
Anglers can find largemouth bass around the buoys used to mark the fish attractors, along with grassy edges, docks, and near hydrilla mats in the open waters of Osborne Lake. The hydrilla in Lake Osborne has become a popular spot for Largemouth bass to fan out spawning beds because these aquatic plants keep the water clear, allowing sunlight to reach the beds. The spawning season for bass is from late November through April; February is typically a prime month to catch a spawning largemouth bass while on a Lake Osborne fishing trip. Anglers can catch an Osborne Largemouth bass on the most popular lures commonly used for basses, such as topwater baits, spinnerbaits, and plastic worms.
Knife fish are hard fighting game fish most commonly caught on bait, usually small live shad. They can be caught throughout the day but are most active at night. They tend to be around more after heavy rains because of the current that gets created, so the rainy season May through June is the best time for Clown knife fishing.
Butterfly Peacock Bass
Peacock bass can be caught year-round but thrive in warm water, making the summer months the time they are most active. Schools of Butterfly peacocks are known to hit topwater lures on warm summer days. A popular spot is south of Lantana Road, near the sea walls and docks.
Fishing the deeper waters under the Sixth Avenue Bridge with threadfin shad or cut shrimp at night is often productive for sunshine bass. Cichlids often live near the fallen trees of the lake. Redear sunfish and bluegill fishing are especially active while on a fishing charter during the Spring months.
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Lake Worth Things To Do
Lake Worth Beach is a seven square mile city located between some of the most prestine action-packed waterways in Palm Beach County. Its charming downtown area is lined with palm trees and full of boutiques, art galleries, antique stores, and restaurants. Located across the Lagoon is a boater’s playground that stretches into West Palm Beach, offering perfect shorelines, a fishing pier, and beachfront restaurants. John Prince Memorial Park has everything anglers and their families could need from boat ramps, fishing piers, volleyball, tennis courts, and grills on the campground.
The Lake Worth Beach Golf Club is a popular spot for golf lovers, which reaches up to 85 feet in elevation and provides some of the best views in the area. The Playhouse is a not-for-profit enterprise known for its various features of traditional and contemporary productions done both live and on film. Downtown Delray Beach is only 15 minutes from Lake Osborne and famous for its great food, shops, galleries, and festivals along Atlantic Avenue.
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