Largemouth bass are found in many freshwater rivers, lakes and streams in Tampa, Florida. This popular game fish is olive green and is marked by a series of dark, blotches along its flank. There are numerous quality bass fishing in the area where anglers can also enjoy boating and catch other types of fish.
Edward Medard Reservoir
This reservoir can be accessed at the 1,281-acre Edward Medard Park. Edward Medard Reservoir has an abundance of largemouth bass and is one of the most popular freshwater fishing spot in Hillsborough County. The lake spans 700 acres with an average depth of 6 feet. Other species also include bluegill, black crappie, catfish and sunshine bass. Boat launch access is available at the park. Other amenities are picnic areas, a fishing pier and a boardwalk.
Edward Medard Reservoir
5726 Panther Loop
Plant City, FL 33567-3315
Lake Tarpon is a manmade lake that spans 2,500 acres. The Outfall Canal on the lake's southern end has depths up to 17 feet and holds a healthy population of bass year-round. Largemouth bass can be found along the canal shoreline especially during spring and early summer time. On the northwest corner of the lake is Soloman Bay where one of the best spawning sites for bass is located, according to Florida Game & Fish. Another excellent spot is the Little Dolly Bay at the south section of the lake. It serves as a gateway for big bass to move into manmade canals making it a hotspot for trophy bass. Lake access points are located in A.L. Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs and John Chesnut, Sr. Park in Palm Harbor.
Tarpon Springs, FL
Hillsborough River is another spot for largemouth bass fishing. The river's fishery specializes in largemouth bass ensuring a healthy population for anglers. The river arises near the juncture of Hillsborough and winds 54 miles down to an outlet in Tampa. Anglers can access the river at the Hillsborough River State Park which includes 2,990 acres of recreational area for other activities like camping, canoeing and hiking. Other species include bream and catfish. Public boat access points are also located at Lowry Park, Harney Road and Fowler Avenue. Aside from the coveted gamefish, the river is also home to thousands of alligators.
Hillsborough River State Park
15402 U.S. 301 North
Thonotosassa, Florida 33592
Article Written By Rona Aquino
Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.