The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes is one of the top bass fishing destinations in the country. There are a number of lakes on the chain that provide some excellent bass fishing for numbers and size. Expect to catch lots of bass in the 3 to 5 pound range with some pushing 10 pounds or more. Live shiners is the way to go for consistently catching lots of big bass.
Lake Tohopekaliga, known to the locals as Lake Toho, is an 18,810-acre lake located southeast of the city of Kissimmee. Lake Toho is known as one of the top bass lakes in Florida. Catch rates are usually very high on this lake, especially if you are using big, live shiners as bait. Big fish are also very common on this lake. Bass in the 7 to 8 pound range are fairly common and fish up to and above 10 pounds are definitely a possibility on this lake.
Lake Kissimmee is a 34,948-acre lake located 40 miles south of Orlando and 18 miles east of Lake Wales. This lake is home to quite a few fish camps and some excellent fishing for bass. Anglers catch good numbers of bass on this lake and big fish are definitely possible. Bass in the 7 to 8 pound bass are fairly common and bass up to and above 10 pounds are possible here. Most of the bigger bass will be caught with big, live shiners as bait.
Many people come to the Kissimmee area for the theme parks and the bass fishing. There is also some excellent saltwater fishing about an hour to two hours away depending on where you are staying in Kissimmee and where you decide to travel to.
Head West – If you head west, you can go fish the Tampa Bay area or the Sarasota area. Both destinations offer excellent inshore and offshore fishing. Tampa Bay is also one of the best destinations for fishing without a boat in all of Florida.
Head East – If you head east, you can go fish the Space Coast. You can fish inshore or offshore here, although, the inshore fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River gets most of the attention, especially among anglers that like to fish freshwater for bass. When fishing the inshore waters here, you will most likely be fishing the shallow grass flats for redfish and sea trout, which is very similar to fishing the shallows for bass.