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Lake Walk-in-water is a Lake in Polk, Florida.

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Also known as Lake Weohyakapka, this 7,528-acre anglers' favorite is located south of State Route 60, 10 miles east of Lake Wales off Walk-in-the-Water Road in Polk County.

Fishing Description: 

Nationally known for largemouth bass fishing, Lake Walk-in-Water provides both large numbers and trophy-sized fish. Drifting live shiners over offshore hydrilla is the most consistent technique, but many bass are caught on artificials as well, particularly topwater lures.

Fishing Cover / Structure: 

Predominant vegetation is cattail, bulrush (buggy whips), Kissimmee grass, and hydrilla. Tiger Creek flows in from the southwest and Weohyakapka Creek flows from the north end of the lake. Maximum depth is 12 feet.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

The hydrilla in the lake has not regrown as quickly as expected since the hurricanes in 2004 removed it from the lake.

Bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing is slow, with many anglers targeting black crappie (specks) when temperatures drop. Fish bulrush and cattail stands near shore for the best chance to catch some bream or shellcracker.

Fishing for specks should be excellent. Live Missouri minnows, Hal-Flies, and small spinners in the open water should all be productive.

Largemouth bass fishing is tough; with the hydrilla virtually gone, the bass have been moving around trying to find suitable habitat. Shoreline vegetation (bulrush, cattails, and Kissimmee grass) should hold bass, especially when they begin to spawn. Live wild shiners are producing, and plastic worms, jerkworms, and suspending stickbaits are the artificial baits of choice for the winter months. The full moon in January signals the beginning of the spawning season, with big bass getting on the beds through April. Try using plastic lizards, crawfish, tube baits, and worms to catch these fish.


Camping is permitted at designated campgrounds. Camping is permitted at other sites by special-use permit issued by the Division of Forestry.

A daily use fee as well as camping fees are required. For information, call the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest at (863) 635-7801.

Boat Ramp: 

There is a county boat ramp on the west shore at the end of Boat Landing Road.


Lake Wales Ridge State Forest provides a habitat for 24 plants and 19 animals currently having federal or state status as threatened or endangered.

This list includes: the scrub jay (a bird found only in Florida's rare scrub areas) and the sand skink (found on high-elevation ridges, they swim through the sand leaving an S-shaped trail).

Rare and endangered plants include the pygmy fringe tree, scrub plum, Carter's mustard, scrub-blazing star, and bear grass.


Special Regulations for Largemouth Bass on Lake Walk-in-Water. A slot limit protects quality largemouth bass by requiring that bass between 15 and 24 inches in length must be immediately released back into the lake. The daily bag limit is three fish per day.

Only one of the three fish may be greater than 24 inches. This means you may keep three bass less than 15 inches, or two bass less than 15 inches and one bass greater than 24 inches. For more Bill Pouder, or Jeff Willitzer at (863)648-3202.


Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
851 County Road 630 East
Frostproof, FL 33843
Telephone: 863-635-8589

Lake Walk-in-water
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