take advantage of the lake’s restored waterlevels by stocking redear sunfish andbluegill in September 2012, and a stockingof largemouth bass is planned for thisspring. Despite persistent low waterconditions, there were a handful of deepareas that held water throughout thedrought. These holes likely sustained enough fish to renew the fishery, as fish willgrow rapidly due to newly available habitat and resulting forage. In August 2012,Bernard Donnell Jr. provided compelling evidence that at least one bass not onlysurvived but flourished: He caught a 17-pound, 1-ounce trophy bass from AlligatorLake. If rainfall keeps Alligator Lake full, look for this fishery to quickly re-establish itself as a winner.
– Northeast RegionLocation: Orange County (just north of State Road 50 and the Orlando Executive Airport)Surface area: 225 acres Among the hubbub of sprawling Orlando, you’ll find that Orange County ispeppered with scores of lakes. Some are more deserving of your attention thanothers, and Lake Baldwin is one you should try. There, bass anglers have beenexperiencing some of the highest catch rates in the area. Bass are averaging 2pounds or less; however, high catch rates are great for developing an interest inbass fishing for younger anglers. FWC staff have planted eelgrass recently, and the
Bernard Donnelly with his 17-pound, 1-ounce bassrom Alligator Lake.