Fishing in Florida

Orlando, Florida is best known for Disney World, Sea World, and the Universal Orlando Resorts. What is not known is that Florida is also known as the Bass fishing capital of the world with over 250 different species of freshwater fish to be found in Florida's lakes and rivers.
As well as being able to fish on either of our 2 lakes, one of them complete with a dock to fish off, there are literally thousands of other terrific fishing spots in Florida to enjoy:

The Great Kissimmee Chain of Lakes
Lake Taho, Cypress and Lake Hatchinea are world famous lakes for having produced big Bass the year round. This chain is around a 20 minute journey from the International Drive area.
The Great Butler Chain of Lakes
These can be found in and around the town of Windermere, just minutes away from the theme parks and offer excellent Bass fishing in clean waters with holes with up to almost 40ft.
The Clermont Chain
Another great Bass fishery with tanic water and cypress trees ringing the great lakes with a river connection to the other lakes in the chain. 10lb plus are caught yearly but you can catch 15 to 25lb Bass.
Lake Kissimmee
Actually part of a chain of lakes, in Polk and Osceola counties, Lake Kissimmee is 35,000 acres. Also known for great fishing is West Lake Tohopekaliga, an 18,810 acre shallow lake just south of the city of Kissimmee which can accessed by passing through the locks between the lakes.
Lake Okeechobee
Probably Florida's most famous Bass fishing location, Lake Okeechobee (the "Big O") is located in south central Florida, covering 730 square miles, easily accessible from both the east and west coast of Florida. The best spots are around Eagle Bay Island, Fish eating Bay and Pelican Bay.
Large Mouth Bass
Peak season for bass fishing in Orlando is around the start of the Calendar year. People report catching fish that weigh over 10 pounds in some of these incredible Orlando water bodies! It is also the angler's favourite season for catching large amounts of largemouth fish, which is a popular type of bass. The spawning of the fish in this season sets the waters ablaze with activity from the incredibly active bass and this makes fishing a whole lot of fun!
Prefers clear, non-flowing waters with aquatic vegetation where food and cover are available. They occupy brackish to freshwater habitats, including upper estuaries, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and ponds. Also, they can tolerate a wide range of water clarities and bottom types, prefer water temperatures from 65 to 85 degrees, and are usually found at depths less than 20 feet.

The largemouth bass is Florida's most popular freshwater game fish. Much of its popularity is due to its aggressive attitude and willingness to strike a lure or bait with explosive force. The value of the largemouth as a sport fish has prompted a movement toward catch-and-release fishing.

Light casting and spinning tackle is adequate in most instances. When fishing heavy cover you may want to use line from 12 to 25 pounds depending on the structure. They will strike almost any kind of artificial lure or live bait, but most are taken on plastic worms, surface plugs, spinner baits, crank baits. For Trophy size Largemouth, most are caught using Large Wild Shiners.
Further Fishing Information
Fishing in Osceola County [visit website]
Fishing in Orange County [visit website]
A license is not required when fishing at Sunset Lakes as it is private property however, a license is required if you fish elsewhere.
Where can I get a license?
For added convenience, many bait & tackle shops and sports retailers (e.g. Walmart, K-Mart, Sports Authority) sell licenses, for a small additional fee. Instant licenses are also available via the Internet or a toll free call to credit card users, for an additional convenience fee.
Do I need a freshwater or saltwater fishing license ... or both?
In general, you need a freshwater license to take freshwater fish and a saltwater license to take saltwater fish. Obviously if you are fishing in pure fresh water where no saltwater species live, you need a freshwater license and likewise if you are fishing in the ocean you need a saltwater license. However, when you get into estuarine type areas where salt and fresh water commingle and fish of both types can be found the issue becomes less clear.

Non-Resident Freshwater License Fees

  • 3 Day Freshawater Fishing (valid for 3 days from specified beginning date) - $17.00
  • 7 Day Freshwater Fishing (valid 7 days from specified beginning date) - $30.00
  • 1 Year Freshwater Fishing (valid for 1 year from specified beginning date) - $47.00

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