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.
The cold temperatures of late has taken a toll on the bass bite. But the months ahead are the most exciting time of year for bass anglers, as they know that bass will be spawning and the chances of catching a lunker prevail. Live golden shiners will be the bait of choice this time of year for most anglers. Big female bass cruising the shallows this time of year cannot resist a properly presented golden shiner. Areas fished should include hydrilla, pondweed lily pads and bulrush edges. Both inside and outside edges should hold fish, along with open pockets in the vegetation. Try the south shore of Brahma Island, Lemon and Philadelphia Points, the Pig Trail and the northeast shore of North Cove. Other baits that will produce fish are plastic worms, spinnerbaits and swim baits.
Try drifting live minnows weighted under a bobber through open water areas near the mouth of the Kissimmee / Hatchinea canal for black crappie. Redear sunfish will be found near lily pads and Kissimmee grass in sandy bottom areas. Try using red wigglers fished on 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): 684
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 147
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 2