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Fishing at Leavellwood
Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012 EST
We now have over 100 acres of lakes and each lake is equipped with concrete boat launches and offer covered boat houses and electrical hook-ups. You can bring your own boat if you want or fish in one of the fully rigged bass boats provided here at Leavellwood. Each lake is stocked with Florida hybrids and F1, commonly known as the Tiger or Gorilla bass. The F1 is a cross between the Florida and the Northern bass. This breed is a larger more aggressive bass than the typical full northern. They will typically bite when the big Florida’ bass are less active. In addition, our lakes are stocked with truly large bream that offer their own brand of excitement when fishing with either light weight tackle or a fly rod. We maintain an intense fertilizer program in all of our lakes to promote a healthy food chain to provide our fish with the highest and best food source possible. In addition, we add other species of forage fish in the spring to promote added growth and weight gain in our young and growing bass. Throughout and around each of the lakes you will notice automatic feeders that go off numerous times each day supplying the fish with an additional high protein food source. Add underwater and top water aerators to this and you have created an environment that is optimal in producing truly large and aggressive bass for your catching enjoyment. Over the years we have made our share of mistakes and gained our share of experience to find out what it truly takes to create a bass fishing environment. Our lakes get plenty of rest, fishing only about six or months out of the year. Only a limited number of anglers are on the lakes at any one time and only limited days are fished each week. We have hosted Hank Parker, Denny Brauer, Jimmy Houston, Shaw Grigsby, Woo Daves, Roland Martin, Bass Masters, ESPN and the Outdoor Channel here, just to name a few. Over 30 TV shows have been produced right here on the lakes at Leavellwood. Call for references —talk to our customers who have fished here. Ask them how many fish they caught and how often their rods were bent and their lines TIGHT! We fish from March through June and September until December. We specialize in personalized service both on and off the lakes. The only thing you have to do is relax and enjoy! About our Lakes Our lakes are uniquely designed and well maintained with the idea of giving our fishermen different fishing opportunities and experience on each of our four lakes. Each year we add new structure to all our lakes. We have recently added over 300 tons of concrete structures to the dames of Sleepy Hollow, Leavellwood and Sawgrass. Not only did this help in stopping the erosion along the dams but also offers a place for baitfish to hide and congregate while the waters warm up after winter and during the summer months. This attracts bass! We also have an intense fertilization program promoting a healthy bloom in the lakes, which is the beginning of the food cycle for all fish. We close our lakes several months throughout the year and do not over fish our lakes, thereby promoting a better fishing experience for our anglers. Sleepy Hollow Lake Sleepy Hollow is a 42-acre large trophy bass haven! The allure of this lake is its old standing timber, concrete reefs and laydowns anchored throughout the lake. Passing by this lake, quickly catches the idea of both novice and experienced anglers. It just looks like it has big bass! This lake was constructed in 2002, by flooding over an existing lake containing bass and bream. It has been intensely managed towards producing an abundance of forage fish and perfect growing environment for our bass, which paid off this past year with producing a record bass at Leavellwood of 15 pounds! An absolute monster bass to look at! She was returned to the lake where she will hopefully pass on those genetics to many offspring. Wonder if she ever gets caught again, what she will weigh? New State Record maybe? Sleepy Hollow has high protein feeders located throughout the lake along with an abundance of thread fin shad to offer these big, aggressive bass plenty to feed on. Leavellwood Lake Leavellwood Lake is a 35-acre impoundment built in 1997. Originally birthed on the idea of controlling erosion problems contributed by a long, deep ditch running throughout the property, has turned into a trophy bass and bream sanctuary. In April of 2011, Leavellwood produced a bass weighing over 13 pounds. The secret of producing these large trophy bass in Leavellwood is the incredible bream population. Our fishermen often ask, “How many bream could I catch?” The answer is simple. “However many crickets you bring!” The under water character of Leavellwood is comprised of large cedar and hardwood tree laydowns, concrete reefs, stump timber, large creek channel, old sunken pond dam, five automobiles, including a Cadillac Coup D-ville (which some fishermen have reported that they have hooked large bass only to see them swim into the Cadillac and roll the glass up on them). With seven automatic feeders scattered throughout the lake, our bream have grown to record size, which promotes healthy spawns providing an abundant food source for our bass to thrive and grow on. If you want to talk about some good fly fishing, try out these Leavellwood giants! Sawgrass Lake This is our newest lake and is the culmination of years of experience in our search to discover what bass and bream truly need to thrive and reach their optimum potential. Completed in March of 2012, this 25+-acre lake truly has it all and is going to appeal to the fishermen, hunter and golfer. With a name like Sawgrass, you have to wonder how that came about. Unique to this lake is a replica of the world famous #17 hole at Sawgrass, which is located in Florida. This golf green is located in the lake formed out of the existing pond dam of the former “Honey Hole” lake. Surrounded by a strong retaining wall and equipped with an irrigation system, this amenity on Sawgrass Lake is sure to provide hours of competitive entertainment for our customers. Tee from an elevated position located 134 yards from the hole and test your golfing skills, while you are waiting on that fishing and hunting experience. In addition to golf, we will be installing a wobble trap thrower off the 1,600 sq. foot boathouse and deck that will throw sporting clays over the lake for those individuals wanting to shoot skeet. Lets talk about fishing on Sawgrass. This lake is the deepest lake located on Leavellwood and is fifty yards right behind the lodge that was constructed and flooded over an existing lake bed. In the deepest part of the lake, it is 30+ feet deep. Lots of structure was carefully planed and put in place that consists of large concrete structure reefs, two five ton grain bins, numerous sunken cedar trees and standing natural timber in the deep ditch line that runs almost one quarter mile throughout the middle of the lake. With the old lake dam that was partially reduced, this created an underwater berm for bass and bream to gather in the shadows of the afternoon sun. A big emphasis was also taken into consideration addressing the effects of the rising and setting of the sun. We placed structure where there would be shadows cast underwater for fish to congregate during different times of the day. Seven fish feeders will be located on this lake to boost bream productions and to keep the abundant population of forage fish healthy. This lake is already stocked with three generations of copper nose and blue gill, along with fat head minnows and thread fin shad. We will be stocking the lake with mature bass in the fall out of our existing trophy bass lakes. Cross genetics should be very advantageous for future trophy bass production. This lake is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013.

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