Little Sissabagama is an excellent fishing lake. The deep, clear, clean water also host's areas of cabbage that create specific "fishing holes" known best to the locals. The lake bottom structure has numerous rock-bars and sandbars making fishing these spots fun, but motor boating a prop bender to the uninformed. The lake has had several studies completed to understand the fish population and is planning another study in the near future. For details on these studies contact Del Anderson the Committee Chair.
The lack of fishing pressure on the lake has allowed for a large number of stunted fish to populate the lake. The lake is well known for the Musky population and now is becoming a lake also inhabited by Northern Pike. A debate continues on the impact of the Northern Pike on Musky breeding habits since Northern eat Musky fry. The lake also has an excellent Bass population. Bluegill, Sunfish and Perch are also plentiful, their sizes are, however smaller than other area lakes. It is believed that insufficient food is available for the current population of fish on the lake holding their sizes down. In addition some of the smaller species have now developed a genetic stain that may remain smaller in order to survive.
Fishing is best in the spring and fall months and early morning or late in the evening. The lake association actively enforces hours for water skiing and the use of jet skis on the lake to promote fishing hours without the wake, noise and intrusion of motors going full throttle. Fisherman are asked to travel the lake with as little wake as possible and remain at least 50 feet from the shore when motoring on the lake to reduce shoreline erosion.
The association actively promotes a CATCH AND RELEASE policy for the larger game fish. For record fish caught on the lake go to our Weather & Statistics section.
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