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 and water temperatures begin to rise, largemouth bass should begin to actively forage making for some memorable days for anglers on the water.  Golden shiners fished in and around vegetative communities associated with Brahma and Grassy Islands, Lemon and Philadelphia Points, North Cove and both the eastern and western entrances of the Pig Trail should account for some good action.

Bass anglers choosing artificial lures should include an assortment of their favorite spinnerbaits, as bass will be very receptive to these baitfish imitations during the period.  Proven spinnerbait configurations include a white skirt and tandem, willow-leaf blades.  Also, soft-bodied jerkbaits (Watermelon seed, Arkansas shiner, Junebug and Pearl colored), lip-less crankbaits (chrome colored with rattles), minnow-type lures and the ever popular plastic worm (Black grape, Red shad and Junebug colored) need not be overlooked.  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 both redear sunfish (shellcracker) and 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) is a good time for anglers to try their luck for these feisty fish. In fact, anglers were very successful fishing for both bluegill and shellcracker during the most recent full moon phase according to information collected from angler surveys. Anglers should seek out areas of the lake having a clean, sandy bottom associated with lily-pads or bulrush (buggy-whips) and use live bait (primarily crickets for bluegill and red wigglers for shellcracker) fished on the bottom (split-shot sinker placed 5-6 inches above the bait).  As water temperatures get hotter, shellcracker spawning will subside, but bluegill will continue to carry-out their spawning ritual until water temperatures cool down.  Although live bait will be the most common method by shellcracker and bluegill anglers, very nice stringers of these fish can be caught by anglers using artificial bait (small plastic jigs or Beetle-Spins).

FWC Facts:
Florida's American shad are the smallest on the East Coast of the United States. In Florida, shad average 2 to 3 pounds; the state record is 5.19 pounds.

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