Sight Fishing Bass on the Econ

When most people think about fishing for largemouth bass in Central Florida, they tend to think of fishing hotspots like Lake Toho or the Conway and Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. It is true that these locations consistently produce quality fish; however, for the angler that likes searching out secluded areas for trophy size fish the Little Econlockhatchee River provides just that.

This small river is a tributary to the St. Johns. Because of this, it usually floods its banks during the summer rains and can rise over 15 feet in some areas. This drastically reduces the quality of fishing. However, during the winter months the water can get down to mere inches in some areas. This provides a unique situation that makes sight fishing for trophy bass possible!

I had the pleasure of entertaining my friend Wade for a trip out on the Econ only a few days ago. I try to do most of my fishing with my fly rod, but this time we got into most of our trouble using light spinning gear. Here is a video of the mess we made!

PS. There are some swear words in the song. My apologies. Cover your ears, children!

Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of as well as our online fly shop, The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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