Vacationing in Kissimmee means that you get to cast a wide net: visit world-famous theme parks, experience exciting outdoor adventures, enjoy world-class shopping — and that’s just the tip of the hook! Kick your next Kissimmee vacation up a notch by bass-king in the great outdoors. Especially with safety top of mind, you and your family can be naturally social distanced with just the lake and the fish.
Fishing in Florida? Of course! Our waters are the headwaters of the Florida Everglades after all. Read on for everything you need to know so you can plan to catch a big one on your visit to Central Florida. Want to enjoy the fruits, er, fish of your labor? We’ve included some of our favorite bass recipes that you can (and should!) make in your vacation home for the whole family to enjoy.
Where to Fish for Bass in Kissimmee
Check out any of our bass fishing partners below to start planning your day out on the water. One thing will become evident very quickly: The best places for a day on the water to catch bountiful bass are Lake Kissimmee, Lake Tohopekaliga (also known as Lake Toho), and East Lake Tohopekaliga.
Home to the Bassmaster Classic and Florida Bass Federation Tour, Lake Kissimmee spans more than 35,000 acres and is extremely generous in its broad, wall-hanger sized bass offerings. Fish for the big one in the largest lake in Osceola County and before you know it, you could be competing with the pros!
Lake Toho is massive as well: covering over 18,000 acres (over 42 miles in circumference!), it’s home to many bass charter boats on a daily basis because no other lake can match the trophy bass possibilities! The man-made fish-attractors provide especially popular fishing areas on the lake (view an interactive map here!), and your guide will give you the best tips to catch the big one!
Connected to Lake Toho by a canal, its smaller cousin, East Lake Tohopekaliga, is different but just as good for a day on the water in its own way. Covering almost 12,000 acres, this lake is exceptionally clear and is different from its bigger cousin due to its lack of islands, vegetation, and flowing feeder creeks. Still, though, you’ll be able to find an award-winning bass in its depths.
How to Fish for Bass in Kissimmee
If you think you need to be a fantastic angler or a terrific troller to catch the big one, think again! With the help of our incredible partners, you’ll be fishing for bass like a pro in no time.
Book your bass fishing excursion with any of these wonderful guides and you're sure to have a BIG story to tell.
How to Cook Florida Fish
You’ve had a refreshing, exciting day on the water with your family. You’ve enjoyed the sun, the calm lake, and a memorable day on the boat. You’ve caught a bass (or a few, as you’re allowed to catch up to five black basses a day; one of which may be 16 inches or longer) and you’re hungry after your fishing fun! Now what? You cook up a tasty fish dish, of course!
One of the great things about staying in the Vacation Home Capital of the World is that you have the comforts you’re used to in your home-away-from-home. Put your kitchen to the test. Here are a couple of great recipes to try!
This bright and flavorful recipe is perfect for summer months and is served on a bed of succotash!
Try this incredible dish from Bahama Breeze with a twist of Caribbean delight.
Or for a real treat, try this fun paella recipe from Tapa Toro:
Are you hungry yet? Better get fishing! Share your bass fiishing adventures in Kissimmee with us by tagging your social media posts with #MyKissimmee, and you might find yourself on our feeds (with your feed).