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.
Cooler air and water temperatures will be more comfortable for anglers and fish alike as the fall season sets in. Anglers should find action fishing between Shady Oaks Fish Camp and the Rocks located at the southern end of the lake near State Road 60. Fishing the open pockets where you find Hydrilla beds should produce fish. Anglers should also seek out the edges of the bulrush, cattails and Illinois pondweed beds. Osceola Slough, Philadelphia Point and the Pig Trail are also good areas to try for Bass. Spinnerbaits, soft bodied jerkbaits and plastic worms should work this time of year. Bluegill anglers should find the fishing action picking up as the water temperatures cool. Open water drifting with live bait near vegetation should produce fish. Bird, Brahma, Rabbit and Grassy islands are good areas to try for bluegill.
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): 785
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 165
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 2