HOT SPOTS

This week's top picks for fishing in Southwest Florida, including Lake Okeechobee. Note: Locations are approximate.

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Charlotte Harbor, FL
Hot Spot: No. 1:
Description: Charlotte Harbor's eastern flats for trout, pompano; small sharks in the middle.
Matlacha Pass, FL
Hot Spot: No. 2:
Description: Matlacha Pass for big trout.
St. James City, FL
Hot Spot: No. 3
Description: Pine Island's western shore for snook.
Sanibel, FL
Hot Spot: No. 4:
Description: Ding Darling for snook, trout and more, by boat or along Wildlife Drive.
Estero Bay, FL
Hot Spot: No. 5:
Description: Estero Bay for redfish and sheepshead.
Captiva, FL
Hot Spot: No. 6:
Description: Nearshore reefs for permit and king mackerel.
Lake Trafford, FL
Hot Spot: No. 7:
Description: Lake Trafford for crappie and bluegill.
Lakeport, FL
Hot Spot: Lake Okeechobee No. 1:
Description: North Shore to the Indian Prairie Canal for bass.
Liberty Point, FL
Hot Spot: Lake Okeechobee No. 2:
Description: Mouth of Uncle Joe's for shellcrackers.
Palm Beach County, FL
Hot Spot: Lake Okeechobee No. 3:
Description: Canal between the boat ramps for bream.
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