The fishing in Central Florida is improving each day as anglers are catching nice bass in the 4- to 8-pound class and bluegills are still hitting.

Anglers are continuing to fishing at night around the full moon and are catching some nice speckled perch on minnows and large mouth bass on top water.

The Winter Haven Chain is giving up 10 to 20 speckled perch per angler who are using minnows for bait.

The best lakes for these panfish are Cannon, Jessie, Mirror and Hartridge. Bass are biting in Winterset, Summit and Lulu.

Plastic worms and/or live shiners are still producing the best results. Plenty of bluegill are still being caught on crickets out of Howard, Eloise, Jessie and Idyllwild.

Most are being caught in the evening just after dark while fishing on the bottom. Speckled perch also are being caught at night on minnows while drifting with minnows.

A few bass in the 2- to 5-pound class were caught during the week on plastic worms.

A few guides who fish on Lake Ashton, said speckled perch are hitting good at night on minnows. Bass are hitting spinner baits in the late afternoon when the wind blows. Bluegills are still being caught while fishing with crickets.

Anglers trying their luck at night for speckled perch in Lake Silver are averaging about 10 per boat while fishing with live minnows. There is plenty of bluegill action in this lake. Bass are hitting crank baits while slow trolling.

Guides reported last week bass were hitting shiners good at night on Lake Mariana. They caught five bass in less than an hour, with the largest tipping the scales at 11 pounds.

Try your luck this week in Lake Elbert with minnows as the speckled perch are beginning to hit in this lake while drifting at night. A few bass in the 3- to 8-pound range were caught on spinner baits in late afternoon. Bluegills are still hitting crickets.

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