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Lake Information for Winter Haven Chain of Lakes


Located within the city of Winter Haven, nine lakes compose this 6000-acre chain where fishing and boating are extremely popular. Boat and shore access to the South Chain are available at lakes Summit, Shipp, Howard, Cannon, and Hartridge. The North Chain can be accessed through lakes Conine, Rochelle, and Haines. Fish attractors are located and marked in lakes Summit, Winterset, Cannon, Smart, and Haines. Bass anglers achieve success by "flipping" plastic worms around shoreline plants such as cattail and maidencane, as well as docks.

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During the cooler months: Look for schooling largemouth bass over eel grass patches, and fish them with shad-imitating lures. Soft plastic lures in Junebug and red shad colors will produce bass around shoreline vegetation. Fish with live wild shiners for the best chance at some big bass over submerged vegetation. Bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing will begin to slow as spawning congregations disperse. Use crickets and red wigglers fished under a cork for bluegill and shellcracker, respectively. Black crappie (specks) fishing should improve as the water temperatures cool in the fall. Catfish can be found in the deeper holes in the lakes. Use chicken liver, commercial stinkbaits, and frozen shrimp on the bottom or under a cork.

Largemouth Bass
Catfish Family
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Winter Haven Chain of Lakes
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Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

    Beef O'Brady's
  • 300 Cypress Gardens Blvd - Winter Haven, FL
  • (863) 293-9464
    Dockside Bar & Grill
  • 1006 S Lake Howard Dr - Winter Haven, FL
  • (863) 297-1926

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