For freshwater fishing lovers, a trip to Kissimmee is a bucket-list item. Scenic and unspoiled lakes dot the entire area, making it easy to get in a quick trip or a full day’s adventure on the water.
You’d be hard-pressed to run out of places to cast a line, too, since the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes totals more than 80,000 acres. Both local and visiting fishing enthusiasts have their own personal favorite — and often secret — spots on Lake Kissimmee, Lake Toho, East Lake Toho, Lake Hatchineha and other legendary bodies of water.
Frequent catches of trophy-sized largemouth bass can be considered the obvious draw to the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, but the speck and shellcracker fishing is equally as impressive. The 18,000-acre Lake Tohopekaliga—Lake Toho for short —is renowned for being one of the finest bass-fishing spots anywhere by both professional and amateur anglers. During the winter and early spring months, expect to have the most success catching good-sized bass with live bait, while anglers report great results with plastic worms and crankbait during warmer times of the year.
Over on Lake Kissimmee, a variety of vegetation provides shelter for huge populations of bass and crappie. This 35,000-acre wonderland is where anglers coming to compete in the Bassmaster Classic, Florida Bass Federation Tour and several other prestigious tournaments drop their lines. Likewise, casual enthusiasts also enjoy Lake Kissimmee, often hitting the water before sunrise in search of wall hanger-sized bass. Spend time slowly trolling the area around North Cove and Brahma Island with live bait and you might snag that catch of a lifetime.
Several old Florida-style fish camps provide the perfect starting point for a nostalgic trip on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, with some offering RV and tent camping facilities for those who don’t want to venture too far from the water. Cabins are also available at some camps, just in case you want to settle in for a while and have all the comforts of home.
Besides the fish camps, four boat ramps offer great access to the waterways in the Kissimmee area, making it easy to reach locations where the fishing is extra productive. By using these ramps strategically, anglers can fish several spots across different lakes, all in a single day.
With so many options for anglers, it’s easy to see why the Kissimmee area is well loved and at the top of the list for water-based vacations. Here, you don’t have to stretch the truth when it comes to the size of your catch. Come discover Kissimmee’s Chain of Lakes and create your own legendary fish tale, one that’s passed down from generation to generation.