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Lake Okeechobee Day1. .Fishing for shiners, Jack Peterson, a Palm Beach native, tosses a.12-foot cast net into Lake Okeechobee. As a bait fisherman, Peterson.makes his living off the lake but finds himself working longer to make.ends meet. "Some days now I am lucky to pull up enough fish to pay gas," Peterson says. When lower water levels in the lake allowed.grasses to grow, Peterson could catch enough fish in a morning to make a.full day's wages. .Erik Kellar/Staff