Fly anglers can take advantage of the topwater bass bite by tying on number 4 to number 6 poppers, and fishing them during the early morning hours, or along the vegetation edges once our afternoon rainshowers have subsided. You’re likely to get a few fun-sized bluegill or feisty Mayan cichlids this way as well.
You can also grab your spinning gear and get out on the Southwest Florida lakes and ponds early with a selection of topwater lures, such as Zara Spooks or hollow body frogs. Work them along the outside edges of shoreline vegetation for surface strikes from largemouth bass. Switch over to swimbaits or speed worms in junebug or watermelon shades when the topwater bite tapers off.