Butler Chain of Lakes
This 4,720-acre chain is made up of nine interconnected lakes. Boat access is available only at two county ramps (Lake Down on CR 439 and Lake Isleworth just south of Windermere) and public bank access is almost non-existent. Orange County charges a launch fee at the Lake Isleworth ramp and the ramp is not open after dark.
The chain is primarily known for its excellent largemouth bass fishing. Most successful bass anglers pay attention to the bottom contours of the lake´s offshore structure where 4- to 5-pound bass are commonly produced. Live shiners free-lined over grass edges, humps, ledges, and drop-offs adjacent to spawning flats is one method to consistently catch quality bass in the winter/spring (Try Lake Butler). Jigging spoons fished over deep-water humps can produce 50-fish days when the water gets cold and fish congregate tightly (Try Little Lake Down). Another alternative is to escape Florida´s summer heat and sample some of the night fishing on this chain. Black buzzbaits and plastic worms thrown around the connections between the lakes is a good starting point. The R.D. Kene ramp at Lake Isleworth (Butler Chain) costs $5/day or $150/year for use of the ramp.
Call Orange County at 407-876-6696 (Wed - Sat) for questions regarding R.D. Kene ramp.