Early in the morning, steam rises from the stacks of a U.S. Sugar processing plant in Clewiston. Whether it’s sugar, citrus, cattle, dairy, row crops or fishing, economies in the small towns that surround Lake Okeechobee are woven in soil and water. Lake Okeechobee feeds household taps in Clewiston, Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee and irrigates crops to the south. Lured by tales of clear water and gigantic fish on Lake Okeechobee, tourists also pump millions into local economies. About 500 fishing tournaments are held on the lake every year.