John’s Lake in Winter Garden is one of the premiere fishing lakes in Central Florida offering great bass fishing year round and numerous different types of structures to fish including lily pads, grass beds, timber, and deep drop offs. Half of the lake sits in Lake County and the other half in Orange County. This 2,424 acre lake has only one public boat ramp on Highway 50 just west of the Florida Turnpike. The lake was nearly dry back during the drought in 2002 but 3 hurricanes in the summer of 2003 brought the lake back. Then the Fish and Wildlife Commission stocked 200,000 bass into the lake to enhance the fishery and the guys at Clermont Bait and Tackle estimate those bass to be within 3 to 5 pounds today. Where the heck are they hiding?
I’ve done quite a bit of fishing on John’s Lake and it seems like most of the bass that I catch are around the 1 pound range. I guess I’m not looking in the right places. The most popular baits for this lake are rattletraps, texas and carolina rigged worms, flukes, senkos, crankbaits, and my favorite, the slashbait. Soft plastics in watermelon seed, red bug, and junebug colors work well out here quite often but the chartreuse black, chartreuse shad, and chartreuse purple colors for crankbaits and minnows can be what the bass are craving especially when they’re schooling. There are also tons of pickerel or pike along with crappie, alligator gars, mudfish, and giant catfish. I’ve seen schools of catfish over 10 pounds just swimming below the boat. Personally, I like catching bass but the catfish and crappie fisherman do pretty well out here.
There’s lots of communities along the shores of John’s Lake with Magnolia Bay, Magnolia Pointe, John’s Cove, John’s Landing, and Deer Island being the most well known. There’s also homes located off Marsh Road in Winter Garden and Hartle Road in Clermont which has some properties with several acres and lots of oak trees which I prefer on John’s Lake. I love the rustic feel from having several acres out here yet you’re still really close to major highways and shopping at Winter Garden Village. Lennar Homes has announced plans for an active adult community called Heritage Hills between Hancock Road and Marsh Road but no plans or pricing are available yet. Prices for lakefront property currently start around $500,000 and can go as high as $6 million. The median price is around $1 million which is quite affordable for a lakefront property in Central Florida.
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