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Lake Tarpon is a Lake in Pinellas, Florida.

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Lake Tarpon is a 2,534-acre Fish Management Area near Tarpon Springs, in Pinellas County. Although the largemouth bass population and size structure is excellent, fishing pressure is relatively low. Lake Tarpon is rated one of the Top 10 bass lakes in the state of Florida.

Fishing Description: 

Primary largemouth bass fishing areas are found among the weeds which rim the shoreline. Bulrush (buggy whips), cattail, and tape grass beds are good places to try. Offshore humps, particularly with submerged vegetation, are productive and bass will school and chase shad in open water during the summer months.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Redear sunfish (shellcracker) can be caught all year from the shell bars on crickets and red wigglers fished near the bottom below a slip bobber, and might also show up while fishing for black crappie (specks) with live Missouri minnows.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good, with 2 to 4 pound bass making up the bulk of the catch. Try fishing a Texas-rigged plastic worm or slow rolling a spinnerbait around the shell bars near deep water. Live wild shiners should be very productive when drifted over grass beds or dropped into holes in the grass. Bass will begin to spawn in late January, so try flipping with a variety of soft plastics such as tube jigs, crawfish, lizards, and worms in the canals and shallow bays.

Black crappie (specks) fishing is improving. Try drifting live Missouri minnows, or trolling small jigs and spinners in open water to find the schools. The best bet is a small green tube jig drifted over grass beds.

Boat Ramp: 

Public boat ramps are located at the county parks off U.S. Route 19 and County Road 611 (also known as East Lake Road). These parks are open sunrise to sunset and also offer fishing piers.

Lake Tarpon
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