Lake Istokpoga is a 28,000 acre freshwater lake in Highlands County, Florida. The oblong-shaped lake is 5 miles wide by 10 miles long. Despite its area, it is very shallow, with an average depth of only 4 feet. Maximum depth is 10 feet. As a result, boaters must be cautious to not become stranded in muck near the shore line. Bass and Pontoon boats are the most commonly used watercraft, with some use of air boats. With such shallowness, this lake is extremely dangerous for boaters during windstorms, as the waves get quite high. Boating and fishing are popular activities at this lake. There are at least half a dozen fish camps on Lake Istokpoga. Several of these fish camps book visitors for fishing trips and they also have cabins and hook up for campers, for overnight stays . The amenities on the lake are 5 public boat ramps and 2 public parks, one on the lake's north side and the other on the south east corner. Most of the shoreline is undeveloped and there are 2 islands Big and Bumble Bee in the lake's interior.
Current lake levels is 38.30 which is nine inches lower than Sunday's level.
The lower levels make it seem like the lake is experiencing rapid hydrilla growth but this is not the case.
Current lake level is 38.38 feet above sea level and will drop below 38.25 feet before the end of the month.
The fishing will be best in late-afternoon to evening.
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