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  • Your premier bass fishing guide. Servicing Orlando and Lake County including The Villages, Leesburg, Mount Dora and Clermont. Owned and operated by Capt. Grady Maynard, GdawgBass Guide Service offers 4, 6 and 8-hour fresh water bass fishing trips in Central Florida. We specialize in the Harris Chain of lakes which is well known for its trophy largemouth bass, plentiful black crappie and panfish. The Bass fishing is great year round on the Harris Chain and there is always a hot bite to be found somewhere on the largest chain of lakes in the state of Florida. Big tournaments are held here year round and it has proven every time how great the fishery really is with all the big stringers locals or professionals bring to the scales. These world class bass fisheries are a short drive from Orlando and the Lake County cities of Leesburg, Clermont, Mount Dora, and The Villages. There are also some great fisheries nearby that are not connected to the chain of lakes like Lake Yale in Eustis Florida or Johns lake in Clermont Florida even the beautiful cypress-dotted chain of lakes known as the Butler chain located just outside of Orlando is also a fertile lake for amazing game fishing. If you’re looking for a great day of fishing with a seasoned Orlando bass fishing guide, join Capt. Grady Maynard on the Harris chain of lakes.

    We gladly take anglers of all skill levels, from the lifelong serious angler to the first time angler, all are welcomed. We customize all of our trips to the skill level and desires of our customers. We love to teach, instruct and assist new fisherman on the best tactics as well as the gear to get them fishing and to put them on the fish of a lifetime! We welcome the opportunity to share our love of fishing with kids and watching them get hooked on fishing for life. So it doesn’t matter if you have held a rod since you were in diapers or if you have never held a fishing rod in your life you’re sure to enjoy an unforgettable fishing experience.
    Blue Heron encounter on outing with The Villages Fishing Guide, Capt. Grady MaynardWhile catching that trophy bass is our top priority, we set out to make the trip an outdoor adventure and experience. Taking in the beautiful scenery and encountering unique creatures in their natural habitat is all part of the experience. From seeing a bald eagle dive down towards the water to catch a fish or seeing a 10ft gator swimming through the vegetation. Seeing how these animals live up close and personal will give you a glimpse of the beauty that nature has to offer and that we take for granted in this technological age and time. So there is plentiful fun to be had for anyone in your family that you would like to share this adventure with!

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  • February Fishing Report

    February  2020 Harris Chain Fishing Report

    Fishing in the Orlando, Clermont and Mount Dora area is producing giant largemouth bass! The first stop for all the major pro tours are coming to Florida right now! The Harris Chain of lakes is the destination for the F.L.W pro tour, Bass Pro shops Big Bass, the F.L.W. collegiate national championship and the F.L.W. High school national championship. The Harris Chain is a no brainer for big bass this time of year. All of the Orlando Fishing guides come to Lake Harris to catch the elusive 10 pound largemouth bass we all seek. The Bassmasters are scheduled to fish the St.Johns River this month as well.

    I am here to share with you the knowledge I have on the local chain of lakes including Lake Harris, Lake Eustis, Lake Griffin and Lake Dora. Each of these lakes hold giant Largemouth Bass and techniques only differ slightly from lake to lake. The Bass are spawning! Well some of them anyways! The big female largemouth bass can be found spawning in lily pad fields, spring fed canals, arrow head vegetation and cattails. Not every area spawns The same time it all depends on temperature preferably 65 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer with hard sand bottom. These spawning largemouth bass can be caught sight fishing with white colors in creature bait style worms. Flipping the vegetation up shallow with zoom speed worms or Zoom trick worms in dark colors and a 1/4 ounce weight produces the best success for catching trophy size largemouth bass. Now with spawning bass comes pre and post spawn! I choose to target these patterns more often because the fish will be more heavily concentrated in certain areas! My weapon of choice is a bill Lewis RATL-TRAP in gold colors. I look for vegetation near or at the mouths of canals or deep drop offs. Eelgrass and Hydrilla are your friend. Find these grasses in 6 to 8ft of water and fish it slow and thoroughly and I guarantee you see results! We boated almost 20lbs in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office 7th annual bass tournament for 6th place with these patterns! Our big fish was an 8 pound female largemouth bass caught on a rattle trap. Wild shiners are my catch all for fishing charters! I get the shiners from local bait stores in the mount dora area! Fished under a bobber or with just a hook letting them swim deeper. The Lake county area is heating up for giant fish and I suggest you get a line in the water ASAP! Call me today and we here at will put you on that trophy catch largemouth here on the Harris Chain of lakes! Thank you for tuning into my spring time fishing report for the Harris Chain of Lakes!

    Captain -Grady Maynard of Central Florida Bass Charters