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Fishing in Orlando
It might come as a surprise, but believe us when we tell you that the fishing in Orlando Florida is just about as good as any theme park. While it might be known best as the entertainment capital of Florida, Orlando's anglers know that the real magic starts at the docks. And with over 60 000 acres of freshwater in the Orlando urban area, it’s easy to see why.
St. Johns River flows north and east of town, a whole network of lakes splays out across the area, and some of Florida’s finest saltwater fishing is less than an hour’s drive away. Safe to say, Orlando is just as much of an attraction to hard core anglers as it is to their kids. So tear yourself away from the rollercoasters and get the family on a boat. We bet they’ll enjoy getting hooked up as much as you do.
These waters are super fertile, and have a lot of variety in terms of fish species. We’re not just talking Crappie, Catfish, and Sunfish (called ‘Shellcrackers’ in these parts), we’re talking a variety of species of exotics. And - wait for it - one of the best populations of Largemouth Bass in Florida. You heard us. Orlando Bass fishing attracts anglers from across the state, who flock to local lakes in search of a record-breaker.
This is all thanks to the expansive Kissimmee Chain of lakes, which covers more than 80 000 acres of land. Home to enough Bass fishing tournaments to keep you on your toes all year, these waters are an important part of the map for any central Floridian angler. Number one in our book is Lake Tohopekaliga - Lake Toho, for short.
If you’re looking to escape the Disney crowds, Lake Toho fishing is your answer. These waters are less than a half hour drive from the resorts, but they seem to be a world away. Full of lush vegetation, the lake’s hydrilla beds, cattails, and native grasses make the perfect breeding ground for big Florida strain Black Bass. And with a network of man-made fish attractors dotted around the lake, this is a fishery that can more than withstand the not-too-serious fishing pressure it comes under.
But it’s not all about Lake Toho, and the best Orlando fishing guides know it. Depending on the bite, they will take you to anywhere from big Bass haunt of Lake Blue Cyress to the serene paradise of Lake Panasoffkee. And if you just can’t wait to dip a line, you can even go fishing at Disney World, in the Bay Lake and Seven seas Lagoon.
Is Bass not enough to convince you? Well how about this: it takes less than an hour to get to some of the best saltwater fishing in the Sunshine State. Go deep sea fishing near Orlando, and you’ll have the Gulf Stream at your doorstep. Drop in at Port Canaveral on the Space Coast and you could be hooking up on Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi, Sailfish, Grouper… the list goes on. A little north up the coast, and you’re in the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. Widely considered to be the only place in the world to have a year-round inshore Redfish population, this is only a 45 minute drive from "The City Beautiful". If you thought fishing near Orlando was uninspiring, think again.
Rules & Regulations
All licensed saltwater fishing guides in Florida cover fishing permits for everyone on their boat, and charters near Orlando are no exception. But when it comes to freshwater fishing, you will need to purchase your own. Head to Florida Wildlife Commission’s website or ask at any local tackle shop.
If you want to fish the beautiful Merritt Island Reserve, you will need to do so with one of the only 70 guides who have a permit to fish these waters. They will introduce you to this sanctuary in a way you could never experience on your own.
Types of Fishing
The sunshine state is famous for its use of live Shiners when fishing, and it’s claimed that Orlando Bass fishing is behind this. Whether that’s true or not, there’s no denying that Florida’s state freshwater fish can hardly resist them. Hook them up to some light line (we’re talking 8 lb tackle here), pin them under a bobber, and you will be in for some great fishing. Ask your Orlando Bass fishing guide how to do it, and you will have learned a skill for life.
If you believe that there’s more to life than Bass, go after exotics and Sunfish with worms, crickets and cut shrimp on 2 - 4 lb test line. While away the hours as the sun sets and you’ll not only be in for a great fight, but also an amazing meal.
Head to the salt water, and you’ll want to beef up your tackle. Most fishing charters near Orlando will either take you inshore fishing for Trout and Redfish, which you will target with bait or lures like jigs and spoons, or you will go trolling or bottom fishing offshore for big game fish.
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What People Are Saying About Orlando
"red fish on the fly at sunrise"
go east, mosquito lagoon is about an hour from Orlando
"Full day of fishing with Captain Moss "
To speak directly to the fishing captain so you know what to be prepared for a head of time. They take care of almost everything so all you have to do is show up.
"Flyfishing reds on the flats"
Be patient with the weather and flexible with your time.
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