Lake Parker Fishing
One of the largest freshwater fishing lakes in Lakeland, Florida is Lake Parker. It is located on the northeast side of the city of Lakeland in Polk County. Shallow waters with an average of 5 feet allows for excellent Florida largemouth bass fishing.
Lake Parker is a 2,272-acre Fish Management Area that connects to Lake Cargo. Lake Parker and Cargo both offer great fisheries for largemouth bass fishing. The best times of the year to come fishing on Lake Parker is in the winter and spring. The canal that connects these lakes is a focus area for many bass fishing anglers that come to the lake. Pay attention to water levels as it can get difficult to navigate in some areas with low water conditions.
Many other species can be caught on this great lake as well. Bluegills, redear sunfish and black crappie or speck are in abundance. Almost all year round you can experience excellent fishing conditions for these species. Polk County is a great place to bring your family to catch all these tasty treats next time you are visiting Lakeland, Florida.
The Lake has a maximum depth of 10 feet. The vegetation that is most predominate is Kissimmee grass, bulrush and cattails. Vegetation like such are what help the many species on Lake Parker thrive to its incredible levels. Also, enjoy the abundance of wildlife from the birds and alligators.
One of the most popular lakes in Lakeland for recreational use, particularly boating and fishing calls for three main boat ramps. A city ramp and park is located off Lake Parker Avenue on the west shore. This is the perfect place to enjoy the park and atmosphere of the lake without being on it. A Florida fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ramp is located off U.S. Route 92 on the south shore. Polk County ramp is located on the east shore on Lake Parker Drive as well.
You can keep five bass per day on this lake, only one of which may be greater than 22 inches. Be sure to get a Florida fishing licenses before you drop a line in the lake; licenses are available through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website (see Resources), and at most bait and tackle shops in the state.