Lake Okeechobee Fishing Guides: October, Cooler Water, Bigger Bass!

Lake Okeechobee Fishing Guides

October 27, 2011

I fished with Jim & Christy Bradley from Colorado today, they are avid anglers and have fished all over the U.S., but had never fished Okeechobee until today, we had a banner day catching bass after bass, new friends and a great day of fishing, I love my job!


October 26, 2011

This week fall fishing finally got started on Lake Okeechobee, the lake has risen to 13 feet which a great level for superb fishing. Today I fished with George & Rob Minix from Indiana, we have fished together many times and always have a lot of laughs. We caught 43 bass today with a big fish of 8 1/2 lbs. Okeechobee is on!


October 22, 2011

I fished with Jose Ortega and his sons Julian and Sebastian today. The guys have fished with us several times and are a lot of fun to be with. The fishing was not up to par today, the water has come up 18 inches in the last month and is still rising. Better days are coming!

October 14, 2011

I fished with Ron Waller and his friend Gene today. The lake has risen 6 inches this week and the bass are biting, we caught bass non-stop until our bait was gone.


Oct 5, 2011

The water temps have dropped 10 degrees in the last week, which shocked the fish a bit, but today they started biting again. As the water cools the big Bass will go on the prowl to feed! I fished with Russ Luce, Ed Beebe and their Friend Fran today. The guys are from Mass. and were in awe of the Big “O”. We caught Bass on shiners and rattle traps.


Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing: April on Okeechobee, Bass & Blue Gill

Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing

April 30, 2010

We had a three boat trip today, we fished with the guys from Lancaster Bingo and their sons. We have fished together before and always have a great time together. I fished with Mark Sells and Dick Frazier, John Smith and his son Drew were in another boat and John’s son Connor and Landon were in the third boat. We had a great day catching bass on both shiners and artificial baits.

April 29, 2010

I fished with Tom Zensen from Mo. and his friend Ed Neil from Canada again today. We have fished togehter many times before and it is always fun. Today we caught bass on shiners, Ed caught the big one in the picture. We also fishied with artificial baits and caught some nice bass too. The boys are going homke soon, so I won’t see them again until next year.

April 24, 2010

I fished with Lary & Francis Heck from Cicero Indiana today. We caught bass from the first shiner to the last and had a great time together. It was very windy but we managed quite well.

April 23, 2010

I fished with Doug Williams and his friend Weaver Hickerson from N.C. today, once again we caught some very nice bass. The bass are moving alot, but they are biting when you find them.

April 22, 2010

I fished with Gary Fellers & his friend Ed from Wyoming today. The shiner fishing bite was great today! We also caught bass on artificial lures.

April 20, 2010

I fished with Freddie Lalama and brothers Lou and Mike Forino again today. We started the day using shiners, but quickly ran out of bait and started fishing artificial baits. The boys did quite well fishing artificial bait and caught a lot of very nice bass!

April 19, 2010

I fished with Rick Colebeck from Wisconsin today, we caught bass on shiners and artificial baits. Rick had a great time catching Okeechobee Bass!

April 18, 2010

I fished with Freddie Lalama and his two buddies, brothers Mike & Lou today. We had a great day fishing getting rained on at the very end of our morning. The boys are coming back in a few days for round two.

April 17, 2010

I fished with Dr. Bob Marx and his son Rob today, the guys have fished all over the U.S., but had not fished Okeechobee before. We had a great day, catching bass on shiners and artificial baits both.

April 14, 2010

I fished with Wes Jeffries from Plant City today. Wes showed me a picture
of he and his mom fishing mon Lake Okeechobee in 1960, it was great to see. We had a great day together.

April 13, 2010

I fished with three generations of the Holz family again today. John Sr., John and Amanda. We had a good day catching some very nice bass. Amanda is one of the luckiest anglers I have ever fished with, she always catches big Bass.

April 12, 2010

I fished with Ed Poskarbiewicz today, Eddie and I have fished together many times before and always have a good time. We caught bass on topwater, senkos and flukes today.

April 9, 2010

I fished with Tom Chase and Scott Hutchinson from Ft Myers today. We caught as many bass on artificial baits as we wanted to today.

April 8, 2010

I fished with Matt Thornberry and his father Dan today. The boys were on their first trip to Okeechobee today and it was a good one, we caught bass on shiners and artificial baits.

April 7, 2010

I fished with Phil and Eric Henderson from Grand Rapids Michigan today, it was an incredible bite, we caught bass after bass until our bait was gone. It is a day they will both remember. me too!

April 6, 2006

I fished with three generations of the Bathrick family today. Ken, Randy and 8 year old Landon. As you can see from the pictures 8 year old Landon caught the bigest fish of the day. It was a good day for all!

April 5, 2010

I fished with Mike Lamere from NY and Mick Hover from Elwood In. today. We caught quite a few bass on artificial baits. It is always great to meet someone from the area where I grew up and talk about people and places from the past.

April 4, 2010 ( Happy Easter!)

I( fished with Larry Milligan and Max Taylor from Ga. today. It was a great day of fishing we caught bass on shiners and artificial lures. We caught more bass today than we have caught all season, great fishing on Okeechobee!

April 3, 2010

I fished with Tim & Terri Godfrey today, they bought a place in Okeechobee and are learning the lake and how to fish it. We had a great morning together!

April 2, 2010

I fished with Kevin Sieben from Minnesota and his son Cody today. We started the day catching bass on shiners, Cody had a giant on and got her near the boat before she broke the line, he was heartbroken and so was I. We finished our day fishing artificial baits and caught a lot of very nice bass, it was a great day with two very good fishermen.

April 1, 2010,

I fished with Jim Gustman from Appleton Wisconsin and his grandson Tom today. The bass bit continually for the first three hours of the morning and then quit, but by then we had caught a slew of them! A great way to start April

March 31, 2010

I fished with Randy Jackson from Indiana today, we had a lot of laughs, catching bass on artificial baits and shiners. Randy is a great young fishermen and a fun guy to fish with.

March 30, 2010

I fished with Stan Teitelbaum again today, Stan visited Okeechobee last summer and caught so many bass he decied he had to come back and try it again. We had a great day the fish bit like crazy for Stan again today.

March 29, 2010

I fished with Cliff Matson and his friend Paul Rahme today. It was an overcast rainy day and the bass were biting! I hope the guys had as good a time as I did.

March 28, 2010

I fished with Dale & Luke Speckman from Indianapolis In. today. It was their first Okeechobee experience and they said they would be back again next year. We had a good day together catching fish and joking around, Luke is a good young fishermen.

March 27, 2010

Today I fished with Scott Flick and his friends Casey Kelly and Chuck James, the boys are in town working on the new Belle Glade Corection facility. We had a great day olf bass fishing catching not one, but two! big Okeechobee bass! After we ran out of shiners we went shell cracker fishing and caught a buch of big ones. As days on Okeechobee go this one was a great one!

March 26, PM Shell Cracker Trip

I took my wife Belinda out to catch the shell cracker off of the beds I marked while bass fishing this morning. We used red worms on a jiog pole, I baited the first pole and by the times I had the second one baited Belinda had a shell cracker in the boat, it went on that way for 40o min utes or so until Belinda caught 24 big shell cracker, she finally let me catch one after she got tired.

March 26, 2010

I fished with Scott Benson from Chicago today, we used artificial baits and caught some very nice bass. The fish are looking to spawn on this full moon and are in very shallow water. While we were fishing for bass this morning I marked 3 shell cracker beds to be fished later.

March 23, 2010

Today was day 2 with Kenny and Dave, we caught more bass today than yesterday, but did not get the real big bite like yesterday. It was a good two days with the guys from Kentucky.

March 22, 2010

I fished with Kenny Goodpastor and his friend Dave today, both of the guys are from Lexington Ky. Dave caught the big bass of the day, a female full of roe. We had a great day.

March 21, 2010

I fished with Roger Schroeder and his friend Mike Lay from Mo. We had a great day catching the most bass we have caught in a morning session of fishing since the New Year. Bass fishing is getting better each day as some fish are spawning while others are already done, it makes for a great bite.

March 19, 2010

I fished with Dave Luzader and his 14 year old son Caleb today,the boys are from Cleveland Tenn. and love to Bass fish, it was their first Okeechobee Bass Fishing trip and it was a good one. We caught Bass on shiners and artificial baits, (see the topwater bait sticking out of the bass mouth) We had a great day together catching fish.

March 18, 2010

I fished with Jim Stamm from Ft Wayne Indiana and his friends Bill and Tom. We had another great day of fishing , lets hope it keeps going! We lost another Okeechobee giant bass today, we are fishing heavy cover and the bass have all of the advantages going for them. We got a good look at the giant bass as Tom hooked and fought her, she jumped clearing the water and dove under the boat nicking the line on the motor, and she was gone, what a heartbreaker.

March 17, 2010

I fished with Daniel Young and his son Rory today. They are from Calgary Alberta and had never bass fished before, Lake Okeechobee was very good to them though giving them a lot of very nice bass to catch. The bass bit better today than they have in weeks!

March 16, 2010

I fished with Mike Merrimac from Arizona today. Okeechobee bass fishing was tough early, but got better as the day went on and the water warmed up. Another great day on the water!

March 15, 2010

I fished with 95 year old Lon Kight and his friend Milton from Pittsburgh.
We had a great day as you can see, catching a lot of very nice bass. Many of the bass were full of roe looking to spawn on this new moon. It could be big fish time?

March 13, 2010

I fished with Tom Zensen and his son Tom Jr. and their friend Rich today. Tom and I have fished together many times before and I know he can catch them. We had a great day of catching fish.

March 11, 2010

I fished with Doug Williams and his friend Chris Voehl today, it was Doug’s birthday and it was Chris’s first Okeechobee fishing trip. The wind and waves were brutal, we managed to catch some nice bass before it started raining. The forecast looks like the next few days could be rainy and windy.

March 10 , 2010

Today was day 2 with the boys from Indiana, Brett & Jerry. We had another good day laughing and catching bass. Fishing was tougher today, that’s fishing!

Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing

March 9, 2010

I fished with Brett Baker and his friend Jerry today. The boys are in Okeechobee with a group of farmer/Ag salesmen for a group fishing trip, it was their first Okeechobee experience. We caught fish from start to finish today, its getting real good!

March 8, 2010

I fished with Roddy Neur and his friend Nick again today. we have fished together numerous times and always have a great time together. The boys love to give me a hard time and are very competitive. We caught bass on shiners and artificials today another good day of fishing.

March 7, 2010

I fished with Terry Garner and his son-in-law Andy, and old friend Bob Ford today, We caught fish and swapped stories, it was a great day!

March 5, 2010

I fished with Sharon Klump and her friend Mark from St Louis. It was another cold and windy day but the fish bit pretty well. We had a great day together.

March 1, 2010

I fished with Barry Levy and his friends Elliott and Bobby today. The morning started out chilly but the bass were still biting. I had a great day with the guys catching Okeechobee Bass.

December 2009, Big Christmas Bass!

December 31, 2009

I fished with Bruce Saunders from Philly today. Bruce and I fished with both shiners and artificial baits and had success with both, it was a great day. Good fishing and good company, a great way to end the year.

December 29, 2009
I fished with Mark Newton and Skip Shears
from Lawrence Kansas today. Originally the boys were scheduled to fish with me yesterday but due to a big snowstorm they were not able to get out of Kansas so we changed our schedules to fish today. The guys drove 27 hours to get to Okeechobee for their first fishing trip on the Big “O”, arriving at the same time as a huge 2 day cold front. The air temperature was 38 degrees this morning and the water in the lake was 57 degrees, about 15 degrees colder than 10 days ago when it was 72. The fishing was a little slow we only had 12 bites in a half day of fishing. The bass we caught were all very fat and full of roe, ready to spawn, they had moved into the shallows in response to the approaching full moon to spawn. The good news is that this wave of fish will not spawn until the water warms considerably when we can get back out and catch them. The highlight of the day was this big 7 pound Bass that Mark caught on a shiner, it was his largest bass ever and he was very happy, as was I. I have many pictures in my archives of big Bass and in a large percentage of the photos the fishermen holding the fish are dressed in cold weather gear, it seems that the really big bass will still eat when the weather is dreadful.

December 28, 2009

I fished with John Ester and his 17 year old son Chris today. The guys are staying in Port Charlotte with their families for the holidays, but live in Wisconson. We had a good day of fishing with a terrific morning bite. It was a great day with nice people.

December 27, 2009

I fished with Edgar Needham, his daughter Daniele and her husband Rob today, all three are from Canada. It was a chilly and windy day that turned out to be a lot fun, catching bass and trading stories.

December 22, 2009

I fished with Jay Dean and his 9 year old son Nick today along with Jay’s college buddy Tom. Jay and Nick are from Vero Beach and Tom is from Richmond Va. It was another cold and windy day on Lake Okeechobee, the day started rather slow and we had to move numerous times before we finally found some warmer water where the fish were willing to bite. Nine year old Nick is quite a sportsmen and it was fun to fish with him to watch his young enthusiasm for the sport, we had a great day and a lot of fun.


December 21, 2009

I fished with Van Frankel from NY NY today and his son Dan. It was a very cold and windy day, but the fish still bit for us. The water temps have dropped around 10 degrees the last two day, should be interesting to see how things go tomorrow? We had a lot of laughs and a great time together!


December 20. 2009

I fished with Joe and Laura Rigdon from Otsego Minnesota today. It was their first trip to Lake Okeechobee, the weather was cold (48 degrees) and very windy, but the bass did not seem to care. the first spot we hit we caught bass after bass until the waves got too big and forced us to leave the area. We moved a couple of times after that and caught fish in every spot we hit. It was another great day of fishing on Lake Okeechobee. Laura caught her biggest Bass ever and Joe had a bass on that he will remember for the rest of his life, he got her half way to the boat and she came unhooked, it even hurt me when that big Bass came off!

December 15, 2009

Today I fished with three generations from the Forgan family. Jim Forgan and his 10 year old son are from West Palm, and grandfather Ted is from Pennsylvania. We had a great day catching Bass on lake Okeechobee with wild shiners.

December 12, 2009
Today I fished with Jay Molyneaux from Denver NC and his good friend Bobby Dalby from Texas. The Bass are still biting as you can see from the pictures. We fished one particular area where we caught fish after fish. We caught a lot of bass and had a lot of laughs it was another great day on Lake Okeechobee.

December 11, 2009

I fished with Mike Huck from Kentucky today and his friend Tahsin Mert from Ankurra Turkey. We had a wonderful day of bass fishing, catching bass after bass on wild shiners. We caught a lot of fish as well as some big Bass. The first picture with just one bass that Mike is holding is a Bass that was only 16 inches long but was shaped like a football as you can see. We had a great day laughing and catching fish.

December 7, 2009

I fished with Jim & Bonnie Pickett from Kentucky today, they are former cleints that have become very good friends. They now own there own Ranger a very sweet Z22 that we went fishing in. I got to catch Bass myself today which was a real treat. We had a great day, caught a bunch of Bass and had lots of laughs at the same time. Life is good!

December 5, 2009

I fished with Pat & Dan Hofmann from Syracuse NY today. Bass fishing was a little slower than it has been, cold weather and 4 inches of rain put the bass off a little. We still caught a lot of Bass and had a great day of fishing together.

December 4, 2009

Today I fished with Sab Delango and his friend Dan. the guys are police officers from NY and love to fish. Neither one of them had ever caught big Florida Bass like they caught today. I was rainy and windy again today but we had a wonderful day. We laughed a lot and caught lot of Bass it doesn’t get much better for me.

December 3, 2009

I fished with Don Kurtz from Canton Ohio and Ken McGuffey from Indianapolis In. today. It was day 2 of our 10 boat trip and it was windy and rainy. We had a great day anyway although we got rained on for a good portion of the day. We caught a lot of Bass and had some laughs along the way. The Bass are spawning hard, when they come off the beds it should be an incredible bite.

December 2, 2009

I fished with Dan Sevcik from Ft Wayne In. and Jim Chapman from Macon Georgia today. We were part of a 10 boat guide trip that was sponsored by Prince Agri Products, 20 guys went fishing in 10 guide boats for a day of catching Okeechobee Bass. We had a great day catching a lot of very nice Bass. The large females seem to be spawning and are difficult to get to bite right now, the full moon is tonight so fishing will be getting better and better as the week progresses. We are all fishing together again tomorrow, so stay tuned for more pictures of Okeechobee Bass action!

December 1, 2009

I fished with Don Harris from Pennsylvania today. It was just Don and I today so Don got to handle every bite himself. We caught 35 Bass in a morning of fishing with live wild shiners. The air temperatures are in the 80’s and the water has warmed back up after the cold front. Throw in the fact we are looking at a full moon tomorrow and the catching picture gets better and better. We had a great day together.

12 Pound Okeechobee Giant!

January 9, 2008

This 12 pound Okeechobee Bass was caught by Tim Ludlasik from Rockford Ill.. Tim and I have fished together several times now, and Tim is very good about sending me new clients and friends. Tim and I fished together several times in January and obviously Tim is a very good student. We talked about what type of cover to look for and what to look for in areas to fish. To make a long story shorter, Tim fished for a couple of weeks on his own out of his houseboat after we fished together twice in January. One sunny afternnoon Tim hit on the mother lode of giant spawning female Bass, he caught an 8 pounder, a 9 1/2 pounder and this giant 12 pound fish in the same afternoon. What a catch!

Okeechobee Fishing Guides: Harlem GlobeTrotter Comes to Okeechobee!

Okeechobee Fishing Guides

November 13, 2007

Today I fished with Derrick (“The General” Grant) and his friend Jesse Carter. Derrick plays with the Harlem GloberTrotters East Squad and is a great guy. These guys came all the way from Princeton NJ to fish Lake Okeechobee. The big lake did not disappoint them they caught 31 bass on shiners. We had a great day and had a lot of laughs, I am looking forward to seeing Derrick play on TV with the rest of the Trotters. He told me all the guys on the team love to fish and that they would be back!

Derrick The General Grant of the
Harlem Globe Trotters

Okeechobee Fishing Guides: Big Bass in the Fall! (9 Pounds)

Okeechobee Fishing Guides

October 19, 2007

I fished with Mike and Ginger today, Ginger is from Delray Beach and Mike is from Louisiana. Lake Okeechobee is starting to produce some big Bass! ginger caught a long skinny 7 pound fish on the first cast of the day, It was Mike’s birthday today and he caught the biggest bass of his life a fat 8 1/2 pound female that fought like crazy. We caught all of our fish on shiners (19) and had a great day on Lake Okeechobee!

Captain Mike Shellen
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October 18, 2007

I fished with Scott Haas from Delaware today, we went to the Stick Marsh and fished artificial baits. We caught 21 bass and most of them were the same size as the one Scott is holding in the picture, we had a lot of fun today, it’s fun to fish with good fishermen like Scott!

Okeechobee Fishing Guides

October 15, 2007

I have been talking about the first wave of big pre- spawn females that move in at this time every year and today we caught the first one of the fall! I fished with Eric Rubin and Irving Leibowitz from Brookklyn NY today we caught 27 bass. This big 9 pound female ate the last shiner we had, and Lee did a great job landing her! We caught about equal numbers of fish on shiners and artificial baits. This big bass is just the tip of the iceberg many others will follow her, and we are going to be there to catch them!

Rogue Gator!

June 25, 2007
We had a 2 boat trip today with Sonny Brown and his son Chase, also John Foy his sons Austin (pictured with big bass) and Harrison and their friend Greg Siefkar. We caught 65 bass between the 2 boats. The biggest thrill of this day was watching the rogue gators hunters kill and 11 foot 550 pound gator that had been bothering us for several weeks. The big brute took my net from me with an 8 pound bass in it and swallowed my net! The second picture was taken as this big gator laid about 2 feet from my boat waiting to steal fish we were trying to land. The bottom picture is Sonny Brown and his son Chase (right to left) Austin Foy and gator hunter Bumpy Courson. This picture was right after we witnessed the demise of the big gator ( what a beast!).

Okeechobee Fishing Report- November 30, 2006

I fished with Kenneth Hill, his son Kenny and their friend Clyde Robertson, these gentlemen were in Okeechobee to check on the progress of the Kissimmee River restoration. They are owners of one of the companies that is putting the river back into its original path. Due to the cold weather we went to the Blue Cypress Conservation Area to fish and had a great day! We caught 29 bass on shiners in a half day of fishing. These three gents have done a lot of fishing a we had a good time!

Nascar Star! Ryan Newmans Race Team!

November 20., 2006
Yesterday the Nascar season ended and today we went fishing with Ryan Newman and member of his team. We had 13 boats of anglers that went fishing for big bass with shiners, 3 bass over 18 inches could be kept and heaviest weight was the winner! I fished with Rob and Michelle Croom , 2 great people! We had a lot of laughs and caught a lot of fish, Our 3 fish weighed in at 21 pounds and 4 ounces, good enough for second place. The picture below is Ryan and Kristie Newman and Pro Koby Kreiger, they weighed in 15 pounds. A great time was had by everyone with lots of big fish caught. After weighing in we had luch at Northlake Marine Ranger in LakePort.

November 15, 2006

I fished with lifelong friends Bill Allen from Stuart and Bill Harrison from New Mexico. We caught 27 bass on wild shiners and had a great time, Bill Allen caught this 9 3/4 pound giant Okeechobee Bass, she was full of roe looking for a place to spawn, so we took pictures of her and weighed her and than released her to spawn and be caught another day.

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Captain Michael Shellen

November 14, 2006
I fished with Bob Williams from Pembroke Pines today. Bob called me to talke about the 2007 Ranger Bass boats, and we ended up going fishing, putting our 2007 Ranger 521 thru its paces, we ran about 60 miles today just looking for some new areas to fish. We caught 21 fish for the day on artificial baits, trick worms, speed worms flukes and a carolina rig worm senko. Bob seemed very impressed with our new boat and was eager to go to the Ranger dealer to pick out his new boat. We had a great day fishing and catching bass!


November 12, 2006
I fished with Steve and Leo Doire from Mansfield Mass. today. These 2 avid fishermen know how to have fun! We had a great time and caught a lot of fish! We spent the day shiner fishing and caught 31 bass. We had five that weighed over 5 pounds, Steve caught the big fish of the day a fat 7 pound female.


November 10, 2006- I fished with Judy Chapman today, it was Judy’s first trip to Lake Okeechobee and her first time bass fishing. She caught 16 bass in a half day of shiner fishing and had a great day!

November 9, 2006
There were 9 boats of guides that fished today! We each had 2 members of a fishing club from Bonita Springs. My 2 members were Lindsey Vote & Gary Richmond. We kicked butt! Our 3 biggest fish weighed over 26 pounds. From the top down the fish weighed 8.83 pounds and was caught by Gary Richmond, the next fish weighed 7 pounds caught by Lindsey Vote, and the 3rd fish a 10 1/2 pound giant was also caught by Lindsey.
All of the fish were caught on live wild shiners.

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November 8, 2006- I fished with George Minix from Indianapolis and his 2 sons, we fished half a day and caught 17 bass, George had the big fish, a nice 7 pounder!

(Joe Corrado and his 10 pound Okeechobee Bass!)

In my 20 plus years of fishing Lake Okeechobee, I have learned that the first wave of big pre-spawn females will usually show up around the middle of October. This year was no different! We started catching big bass around the 14th of October, Kenny Wertich caught an 8 pound fish that got the big fish fall season under way, Carolyn Lipes and Stuart Sabol both caught big fish right after that as did Scott Fowle. Bill Miller caught the first Okeechobee giant over ten pounds a couple of weeks ago and this week Joe Corrado kept it going with another ten pound fish!

Captain Michael Shellen
Shellen Guide Service
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Okeechobee Florida 34974

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