While some anglers may take the month of February off, hard-core bass fishermen are getting their tackle ready for the spring season. Florida’s freshwater action is about to explode, and with 7,700 named lakes and 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals, there is no shortage of places to wet a line.

But if you have limited time, picking the right place to fish for bass or panfish isn’t always easy. …