Osceola County

Lake KissimmeeLake Kissimmee is a 34,948-acre lake located 40 miles south of Orlando and 18 miles east of Lake Wales.

There are quite a few fish camps in the area. For further information on Lake Kissimmee or a listing of the fish camps, please contact the Kissimmee Fisheries office at (407)846-5300.

Fishhound External Website also offers a fishing forecast for the Kissimmee Chain External Website.




Popular species:

Popular fish species

Fish illustrations by Duane Raver, Jr.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 443

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 109

Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1


Current Forecast

This reporting period will be marked with a transition from the searing heat of summer to cooler air and water temperatures that will be a little more comfortable for both anglers and fish alike as the fall season sets in.  Under more pleasant conditions, bass anglers should be able to enjoy some good action in and around the expansive native grass communities (maidencane and knotgrass), as well as, lily pads, bulrush, cattail and hydrilla beds associated with the lake shoreline.  Anglers may want to try their luck between Shady Oaks Fish Camp and the “Rocks” located at the southern end of the lake near State Road 60.  Live bait (golden shiner) fished in this area, and around vegetative communities associated with Brahma Island, Lemon Point, 27-Palms (South of Ox Island), Osceola Slough, Philadelphia Point and the Pig Trail should account for some good action.  Bass anglers who prefer using artificial lures need to give a spinnerbait (white skirt and single Colorado blade) a try.  Also, soft-bodied jerkbaits (watermelon or shad colored), crankbaits (shad imitations), minnow-type lures (black/silver or gold) and plastic worms (blue/black, red shad and junebug colored) Texas- or Carolina-rigged should account for some line-testing action.

While bluegill anglers will still be able to find concentrations of these fish using worms (red wigglers) or crickets, by far the most popular panfish targeted during the period will be the black crappie (speckled perch; a.k.a “specks”).  The gradual cooling of nighttime and water temperatures will result in specks becoming more active and congregating in preparation for the spawning season.  The most common method anglers employ for these scrappy fighters is live bait (fathead minnow) fished under a slip-cork and weighted with a small split-shot sinker 3-4 inches above the hook. Anglers should find concentrations of specks drifting open-water in close proximity to vegetative communities (maidencane, knotgrass or hydrilla) associated with four large islands within the lake (Bird, Brahma, Rabbit and Grassy).  In the past, anglers have also had good success in North Cove and offshore of Lake Kissimmee State Park.  Typically, the two-week period around the full moon phase (one week prior and one week after) will be the best times for anglers to try their luck.  Keys to success for many speck anglers will be to alter the depth of their baits and keep on the move until fish are found.  Besides live bait, small (1/8th-1/64th ounce) plastic-bodied or natural hair jigs or bettle-spins fished in and around native grasses and stands of water-lily should account for some excellent stringers of fish.  Green-, yellow- or white-colored baits will be good color choices.

FWC Facts:
White and brown shrimp depend on estuaries as nursery habitats, leaving when they reach 4-5 inches in length. This “shrimp run” occurs in late summer or early fall.

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