Osceola and Polk counties
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.
Largemouth bass anglers will most likely need to expend their fishing effort during the cooler periods of the day as unpleasant heat from summer air temperatures will be in full force during most of the daylight hours. Anglers still should be able to find fish to bite. Brahma and Grassy islands, Lemon and Philadelphia Points, North Cove and the Pig Trail should be a good place to try. Anglers should Try spinnerbaits, senkos, flukes and plastic worms in and around hydrilla beds. Crankbaits should also work well fished just off the hydrilla edge. Try some topwater baits over hydrilla beds in the early mornings.
Also look for schools of baitfish being busted out of the water by largemouth bass. Throw a lipless crankbait in the area when experiencing this feeding frenzy for some hot action.
Good places to try for panfish are the lily pads and bulrush around Overstreet landing, Philadelphia Point. And Brahma Island. Try using crickets or red wigglers just off the bottom.
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): 753
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 160
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 2