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

As weather patterns stabilize, water temperatures rise and the spawning season concludes, hungry largemouth bass should begin actively foraging during this time of year.  Golden shiners fished in and around vegetative communities associated with Brahma, Grassy and Ox islands, Lemon Point, 27-Palms (South of Ox Island) and the Pig Trail should account for some good action.

Bass anglers choosing artificial lures will not want to go to the water without their arsenal of spinnerbaits, preferably adorned with a white skirt and willow-leaf blades.  Soft-bodied jerkbaits and swimbaits (Arkansas shiner, Junebug or watermelon colored), lip-less crankbaits (chrome colored with rattles), minnow-type lures (Rebel, Rapala, etc), frog imitations and the ever popular plastic worm (Black grape, Red shad and Junebug colored) should also be in the tackle box.  The aforementioned areas of the lake should produce some enjoyable days on the water for anglers utilizing these assorted baits. Anglers should also be attentive to largemouth bass “schooling” activity in open water, where using a lip-less crankbait is a proven method.

Spawning activity by bluegill will get into full swing during these months. Typically, the two-week period around the full moon phase (one week prior and one week after) will be the best times for anglers to try their luck for these sporty fish.  Anglers should seek out areas of the lake having a clean, sandy bottom and use live bait (crickets or red wigglers) fished on the bottom (split-shot sinker placed 5-6 inches above the bait).  Artificial baits (Beetle-spins and small jigs colored in white or yellow) can also be very effective in catching bluegill for those anglers who shy away from using live bait.


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