Lake KissimmeeOsceola County

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.

Fishhound External Website also offers a fishing forecast for the Kissimmee Chain External Website.

Current Forecast

The months of this period mark the most exciting time of year for many bass anglers as they know that bass will be actively spawning and the chances of catching that “fish of a lifetime” are at its best.  Most bass anglers will hit the water in pursuit of that “dream” fish with an arsenal of baits to try and entice that lunker to bite.  Among the many baits, live bait (golden shiners) will be the most popular and will be fished in and around vegetated (lily pads, hydrilla, grasses, bulrush and pondweed) shoreline areas of the lake.  Likely vegetated areas bass anglers will try include the south shore of Brahma Island, Lemon and Philadelphia Points, the Pig-Trail and the northeast shore of North Cove.  Flipping or pitching plastic worms, tube jigs or lizards (White, Pearl, Bubblegum, Black/Blue or Red shad in color) within and along edges of shoreline vegetation will also be popular among anglers.  Slow-rolling spinnerbaits (white or white/gold skirt with gold, Colorado blades) through these vegetated areas should also account for some outstanding action.

Good concentrations of black crappie (specks) should be available as the peak spawning season (January/February) will be underway.  Many speck anglers have good success drifting live bait (minnows) weighted under a cork through open-water areas near the mouth of the Kissimmee/Hatchineha canal (C-37 canal), northern end of North Cove, channel markers 7 and 8, the east side of Brahma Island and between Bird Island and 27 Palms.  If rough water conditions prevent an open-water drifting technique, anglers should still be able to find fish congregated within lily pads, grasses or submersed vegetation (hydrilla and pondweed) in protected areas of the lake.  White, chartreuse or yellow marabou jigs, Hal-fly jigs, Mylar jigs, tube or curly-tailed jigs are popular choices of anglers using artificial baits.  Although drifting these lures tipped with a minnow in open water will catch a fair share of fish, the majority of anglers will actively pursue fish by jigging the baits in close proximity to lily-pads, grasses or lily-pad/grass mixes within the lake.  These vegetation types around Bird, Brahma and Rabbit Islands will be likely starting places for speck anglers choosing to try jig fishing.

Redear sunfish (shellcracker) typically begin their spawning activity around the month of February and will extend through the spring months (March, April and May). Typically, the two-week period around the new and full moon phases will be the best times for anglers to try their luck.  Anglers should seek stands of lily-pads, grasses or lily-pad/grass mixes associated with a sandy bottom and use live bait (red wigglers) fished on the bottom (place a split-shot sinker 5-6 inches from the bait) under a cork.  Shellcracker anglers have had good success fishing these vegetation types found in association with Grassy Island, Jackson Slough, Philadelphia Point, Brahma Island and along the river channel north of State Road 60.



FWC Facts:
Signs on the Suwannee River warn of jumping Gulf sturgeon which, at up to 8 feet and 200 pounds, have been known to injure boaters.

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