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Highlands Bass Angler Dave Douglass holds up a nice bass he caught on a recent outing. Call Douglass to arrange a fishing trip.

The Freshwater Fishing Forecast for the second half of the second week of September gives anglers the most challenging days of the month to catch fish. The moon’s interaction with the sun will be very weak for the next ten days and the weather forecast offers sunny days with less than average chance of rainfall and a mild wind during the high intensity heat of the afternoon.

All fishing factors considered, anglers will need to fish at the deepest depths of the year to find concentrations of feeding fish. The only fishing factor which will dominate our finny friends is ‘vegetation dissolved-oxygen production’. Like people stay close to air conditioned areas in the summer heat, so too do fish stay close to their air-producing sources.

The good news for the next four days is, the weak lunar influence will cause fish to feed when our lakes’, high dissolved-oxygen period of the day occurs. This period will also produce the best fishing wind speeds of the day and thus the greatest activity-adjustment in fish populations.

Best Fishing Days: Looking over the weather forecast I see there is no discernable day I would consider better than the others. However this weekend the moon overhead period will occur during the sunset. So even though a ‘weak influence’, it’s still better than nothing and should cause a greater feed rating than would occur otherwise.

Major Fishing Period: The moon overhead period today occurs at 4:02 p.m. and the sunset at 7:34 p.m. and will create a feed intensity rating of 3-5 from 4-8 p.m. Daily this period moves later by 50 minutes.

Minor Fishing Period: The moonrise occurs today at 10:02 a.m. and will cause a slight atmospheric pressure spike period from 9:30 a.m. to solar noon at 1:20 p.m. producing a feed intensity rating of 3-4. This period will remain during this time slot as fish cue off of solar noon and a bump up in pressure which naturally occurs at this time of day.

Prime Monthly Periods: September 23-27 weak full moon, October 6-11 new moon, 21-26 full moon.

Highlands Bass Angler Bass Guide-Trips: A 4-6 hour summer charter for $225.00 for one or two anglers, all gear, artificial bait and tackle included. Cold water and weather protection provided. Custom bass fishing charter package options available. Call 863-381-8474 to plan and book your bass fishing experience today.

Seasonal Safety Notes: Lightning is a very serious threat during the Florida rainy season. The standard rule: Be no more than 3-4 minutes away from a vehicle or permanent structure. So the time your boat is able to travel from your fishing-hole to one of the two safe-place options, should be less than 4 minutes.

If you get caught on the lake with no time to get to safety, keep motors ‘in the water’ and lay down as low as possible and…..persuade yourself not be this irresponsible with yourself ever again. News: The lake level is at 38.67 feet above sea level, which is the maximum level in the seasonal management schedule. The minimum level currently is 38.25’. Today, three of four S68 spillway gates are open 5 inches and flowing a combined 525 cubic feet per second to maintain on schedule.

This seasonal ‘rain-buffer schedule’ is necessary because the lake fills six times faster than water is able to be released during major rain events.

Visit website and click on the links to the South Florida Water Mgmt. (SFWMD) real time S68 and S68X spillway gates status webpage. You’ll find water level and flow status data of all water way structures from Kissimmee to Clewiston. Also provided is a link to the Army Corps of Engineers’ graphical plot, annual water-management schedule website link.

Access this article online at, or offers bass fishing guide-trip options, fishing-help tools, 72 lake-contour maps and additional map sources, and fishing philosophy. Personalized custom fishing package options, from beginners to professional anglers, are available upon request.

Dave Douglass is a bass fishing guide and teacher on twenty-five lakes, from the towns of Kissimmee to Clewiston. Visit for complete details. Phone: 863-381-8474. Email:


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