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Fly Fishing Lakeland | Lake Parker at Sertoma Park

FLY FISHING FOR BASS is a great activity in Lakeland, Florida.  Surrounded by a highway and a power plant, Sertoma Park offers fly fishers a surprisingly good outing.  This fishery is easy to get to. 

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 At the south end of Lake Parker, hard by highway 92, near Taco Bell and Mojo’s Restaurant, nature co-exists with urban development nicely.  Heron work the shore, diving Ospreys point the way to fish, and our Big Swimming Lizards are ever present.  Wading is not recommended here.

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  • Sertoma Park has approximately seventy yards of shoreline, with clear water, welcoming the fly caster. 
  • The shallow water on the shore is fronted by reeds.
  • In addition, the dock of the concrete boat ramp provides access to deeper, tannic water. 
  • Kayak fishing is a good way to reach the other side of the reeds.

 

TO FLY FISH FOR BASS at Sertoma Park; a thirty to forty foot cast is all that is required.  A 4 weight fly rod with a floating line will do well here.  Try a small bass popper, or a slidder.  From the dock, the water becomes cloudier and deeper.  Tie on a flashy, sinking fly like a Clouser or a EP Minnow.

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LAKE PARKER  offers several other opportunities to fish.  Check out our web site for future articles.

Photos and Articles  By Chris O'Byrne, Director of Fly Fishing Schools

 


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