Lake 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 also offers a fishing forecast for the Kissimmee Chain .
Many largemouth bass anglers live for this time of year as bass will be carrying out their annual spawning ritual. As a result of this bass habit, larger fish will be moving into shallower water, thereby affording anglers the opportunity to catch that fish of a lifetime. Live bait (golden shiners) fished among vegetated (lily pads, hydrilla, grasses, bulrush and eelgrass) shoreline areas of the lake will be the most popular method employed by these trophy seekers. Knowledgeable anglers will frequent these plant communities associated with the south shore of Brahma Island, Lemon and Philadelphia Points, the Pig-Trail and the northeast shore of North Cove. Flipping or pitching plastic worms, tube jigs or lizards (Black grape, Electric Blue, Red shad or Junebug colored) within and along edges of shoreline vegetation will be popular methods anglers choose to entice lunker bass. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits (white skirt and gold, Colorado blades) through these vegetated areas should also account for some outstanding action.
Good concentrations of black crappie (speckled perch) should be available to anglers as the peak spawning season (January/February) will be underway this reporting period. Many anglers have success drifting live bait (minnows) under a bobber through open-water areas near the mouth of the Kissimmee/Hatchineha canal (C-37 canal), northern end of North Cove, channel markers 7 and 8, east of Brahma Island and between Bird Island and 27 Palms. If rough water conditions prevent an open-water drifting technique, anglers should still be able to find fish congregated within lily pads, grasses or hydrilla in more protected areas of the lake. White, chartreuse or yellow marabou jigs, Hal-fly jigs or Mylar jigs are popular choices of anglers using artificial baits. Although some anglers will drift in open water with jigs tipped with minnows, the majority will actively pursue fish by jigging the baits within stands of lily pads and grasses around the lake. Vegetation around Bird, Brahma and Rabbit Islands will be good starting spots for anglers wishing to try a little jig fishing.
Redear sunfish (shellcracker) will begin their spawning activity towards the end of the reporting period (February) and extend through the spring months. Typically, the two-week period around the new and full moon phases will be the best times for anglers to try their luck. Anglers should seek out areas of the lake having a clean, sandy bottom and use live bait (red wigglers) fished on the bottom (a split-shot sinker placed 5-6 inches above the bait). In the past, shellcracker anglers have had good success along vegetation (grass/lily pad mixes) associated with Grassy Island, Jackson Slough, Philadelphia Point, Brahma Island, the river channel south of Brahma Island and open water between Rabbit and Ox Islands.