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Best Fishing Charters in Kissimmee

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Fishing in Kissimmee

When someone mentions Kissimmee fishing, you’re likely to picture a trophy-sized Bass flapping at the end of your line. And you would be spot on, as The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area (KCOLA) is one of the most bountiful inshore fisheries you can find in Central Florida.

Covering 21,000 acres of wetland and comprising over 2 dozen bodies of water, it’s still somewhat of a debate as to which lakes are considered the main ones in KCOLA. East and West Lake Tohopekaliga (“Lake Toho” among the locals), Kissimmee Lake, Hatchineha Lake, Jackson Lake, Cypress Lake, and Marian Lake usually make the cut, while some anglers also count in Gentry Lake and Lake Okeechobee. There are numerous smaller inlets where you can cast your line, as well, and the entire chain covers over 80,000 acres of water. This means plenty of room to find your favorite fishing spot in this “gateway to the Everglades.”

Kissimmee Fishing Spots

Going after the most popular freshwater game fish in some of the country’s most productive fishing grounds – it doesn’t get much better than that. You would need a lifetime to explore all the angling spots in the Kissimmee Chain, but if you don’t feel like doing that, there are some that are a must-fish.

Kissimmee Lake

Everything begins in Kissimmee Lake. This fishing epicenter is home to the Florida Bass Federation Tour, as well as Bassmaster Classic, which makes it revered by Bass lovers. Dozens of avid anglers flock to these fishing grounds every year to snatch their next wall-hanger Bass that can weigh up to 25 pounds. The Bass fishing Kissimmee has to offer is second to none, and only once you’re out there with a professional guide can you fully experience it. Aside from impressive-sized Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Shellcracker, and Crappie abound in these parts.

Tohopekaliga Lake

Lake Toho is the place to be for rod-bending action that ends with a Largemouth on your hook. Here, aquatic plants provide these predators with the perfect cover to stalk their prey, and with the right use of bait, you could be fighting a big one in no time. Golden Shiners are a local favorite! East Lake Toho is known for its clear waters that allow you to see as far as 10 feet into its depths, which makes it easier to spot the catch. A favorite fishing spot in this area is the Boggy Cove area, which happens to be a treasure trove of Largemouth Bass.

Lake Hatchineha

Here’s a fishing spot perfectly suited to passionate anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. You will be casting your line among lily pads and lake vegetation for Largemouth Bass, Shellcracker, and Bluegill. While you’re waiting for the fish to bite, you can enjoy bird-watching and admire the vibrant wildlife this area has to offer. If you’d like to experience nature in all its splendor from the coast, you can always opt in for a day of wade fishing. If you’re not sure where to begin your fishing spree, there are plenty of Kissimmee fishing charters that can take you to the secret nooks where the lunkers hide.

Fishing Tips

  • If you’re chasing your personal Bass record during winter or spring, slow trolling with golden shiners is the best way to do it. As the summer approaches, it’s better to focus on hatchery shiners.

  • For Lake Kissimmee Bass fishing, plastic worms are your safest bet for landing that trophy. Buzzbaits and rattletraps are also a good option – predatorial Bass find the sound and movement of these lures irresistible!

Need To Know

With so many areas to explore and admire, it’s hard to know where to begin. A local fishing guide will clue you in on everything you need to know so you can enjoy your Kissimmee fishing experience without breaking the bank or regulations.


Before you head out, you will need to get a valid freshwater fishing license, and there are several types to choose from. If you are a Florida resident, you can get an annual license for $17 (price subject to change). For non-resident fishermen, there’s a 3-day license at the price of $17, and a 7-day option that costs around $30.

Bear in mind that the bag limit is up to 5 Largemouth Bass, and only one can be 16 inches or longer. When it comes to fishing in Kissimmee, some captains recommend releasing your catch.  


Kissimmee Lake charter prices depend on how much time you want to spend on the water chasing your trophy catch. Going out for a full-day trip could cost you anywhere from $350–$500 for two anglers, and each additional guest will usually pay $50. When it comes to half-day expeditions, you can book your spot for $250–$350 for 2 people, and $50 more for every additional rod. For all of you who prefer using live bait, shiners are usually purchased additionally, and cost around $20 for two-dozen.

Getting There

Orlando is the closest major city to the Chain of Lakes, and you can get to Kissimmee from there by bus or train. If you catch a bus, it takes about 45 minutes; if you prefer scenic train rides, it will take the same amount of time, and tickets could be more affordable. If you’re coming by car, you’re 35 miles away from the top-notch fishing action.

Only a half-hour ride away from Disneyland and Universal Studios, this area offers something for everyone – stunning scenery, lakeview parks perfect for relaxing, and first-class fishing and hunting opportunities. Kissimmee truly has it all for a memorable family vacation!

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Kissimmee Fishing Seasons

The weather might be cold, but the bite is hot. Fishing for Largemouth Bass is excellent, and Crappie isn't holding off either. At the end of the month, the Florida Bass Federation Tour is kicking off on Lake Okeechobee.

Bass Master Classic is taking place on Kissimmee Lake at the beginning of February. Bass are moving to shallow waters for spawning, and this where you will have the best luck hooking them. 

As the weather is getting warmer, Largemouth Bass move to spawn in deeper waters, and sandy areas are their favorite hiding spot. The end of March also brings Shellcracker to the map.

Look for Bluegill and Shellcracker in skinny waters this month, and don’t forget about great Crappie fishing. Bass spawning season is at its end, but you can snag a big one in cooler waters.
Go exploring around hydrilla patches and catch brag-worthy Bass. Bluegill are finding their way to the shallows, while Crappie is chilling in the open water.

Temperatures are rising, which means Bass are fleeing to the open water. Casting your line around aquatic vegetation is your best option. Crappie is also hanging in deeper waters.

Go to West Lake Toho to catch the best Bass bite. The waters are low, temperatures are high, and Bass are schooling around Kissimmee grass and hydrilla. Shellcracker, Bluegill, and Catfish are also swimming around.

You should head out before sunrise to snag the best Largemouth Bass and outrun the heat. Bluegill are responding well to flies, while Crappie is still hanging in the open water.

If you’re going fishing in Kissimmee in September, you will find Bass around shell beds, waiting for small fish to swim by. Bluegill, Shellcracker, and Crappie are all staying in the open waters.

The colder weather brings the peak of the fall Bass run! East and West Toho Lakes are teeming with Bass, so head out and catch them all!

This month is bringing colder weather, so you should look for trophy Bass in the shallow, warmer waters. The spawning period is fast approaching, giving you plenty of opportunities to catch and release something big.

Bass are getting big in preparation for the spawning season, and this is your chance to snag one or several! You will find them in shallow waters around vegetation, while Crappie still prefers the open water.

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What People Are Saying About Kissimmee

"Half day trip with Capt AJ"

Robert G. fished with AJ’s Bass Guides on November 22, 2019

Be prepared for fishing being kind of slow because of weather.

"1/2 day trip with Captain Brent"

Robert G. fished with Lake Toho Guides on November 14, 2019

Start early if at all possible. The bite starts at sunrise and fast and furious for 2-3 hours.

"6 hour trip "

Amanda N. fished with AJ’s Bass Guides on November 3, 2019

don’t forget sunscreen, water and snacks a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.

"Awesome morning!"

Ken B. fished with Double Hooker Charters on October 17, 2019

The bite slowed down as the temperature increased, make sure to get on the water early!!

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