The speckled perch bite remains good around Central Florida area lakes. Speck fishing should only get better with an expected cold front moving into the area later this week.

By Michael Wilson Ledger correspondent

1. Around Lakeland, at Saddle Creek Park they’re catching some specks off the bank. Bass anglers are fishing deep and having the most success with crank baits. “We had an angler this week with a six-and-one-half-pound bass,” reports Evan Wieber at Phillips Bait and Tackle. (863-666-2248). Lakes Crago and Hollingsworth also have a good speck bite with good size keepers at Lake Hollingsworth. At Tenoroc, Lakes 5, B and Cemetery have had the best speck bite. Lakes Crago and Hollingsworth also have a good speck bite with good size keepers at Lake Hollingsworth, said Wieber.

2. At Auburndale, There’s plenty of specks and shellcracker being caught with minnows on Lake Juliana. There’s also a good schooling bass bite on lipless crankbaits. Lake Alfred and the surrounding lakes have a really good speck bite. “They’re getting good limits at night, but bigger fish during the day,” reports Ron Schelfo at Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956-4990). Lakes Alfred, Haines, Rochelle, and Echo also have a good schooling bass bite on lipless crankbaits and swimbaits, reports Schelfo.

3. At Winter Haven, speck fishing is really good on Lakes Howard, May, and Shipp. “The mouths of the canals have a really good bite right now. As the water gets colder, the canals themselves will see a better bite as that shallower water gets cold faster. This upcoming front should make the speck bite excellent,” reports Ron Schelfo at Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956-4990). Lakes Shipp and Summit have a good schooling bass bite on swim baits, reports Schelfo.

4. At Lake Hamilton, “They’re catching some decent specks on Lake Hamilton, but the bite

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