Osceola County

Lake TohopekaligaLake Tohopekaliga, known to the locals as Lake Toho, is an 18,810-acre lake located southeast of the city of Kissimmee. The lake's Commission-made fish attractors are especially popular fishing areas, and their locations are available on the Lake Toho Fish Attractor Map PDF document and at our Interactive Fish Attractor Map External Website.

For more information on Lake Toho or the fish camps in the area, please contact the Kissimmee Fisheries office at 407-846-5191.

Fishhound External Website  also offers a fishing forecast for Lake Toho External Website .


Popular species:

Popular fish species


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from Lake Tohopekaliga:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 46

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 5


 Current Forecast:

Bass anglers will rejoice during the period as the sweltering heat of summer will give way to the much more comfortable conditions of the fall season.  This transitional weather period will give bass anglers better conditions to enjoy the resource, and with increased chances of cloud cover and rainfall stemming from frontal activity, flowing water conditions at canals and tributaries of the lake will be possible.  Historically, the mouth of Shingle Creek, St. Cloud canal (C-31), Partin’s Ditch or near the water control structure (S-61) located at the south end of the lake have been good locations to find bass during flow conditions.  If moving water is not available, anglers should spend time in native vegetative communities (knotgrass and maidencane) or hydrilla associated with Little Grassy Island, North Steer Beach, Goblet’s Cove or around channel marker 24 at Big Grassy Island.  Both live and artificial baits should be very effective utilized within these areas.  Golden shiners will be the live bait of choice, although many anglers using spinnerbaits (white or white/chartreuse skirted and a single Colorado blade), crankbaits (shad imitation), top-water propellored baits and Texas-rigged plastic worms (Black Grape, Black/Blue or Red shad colored) will likely be rewarded with some outstanding action.

Black crappie (specks) anglers will need to be gearing-up for some action as specks will begin to concentrate in areas in preparation for the spawning season.  The month of November can be a very good month for success on specks drifting live minnows (fathead minnow) in open-water near the mouth of Shingle Creek, Little Grassy Island and Goblet’s Cove.  Lily pads, bulrush and grass patches adjacent to the shoreline within these areas have also been productive in the past.  For those anglers who favor artificial baits, jigs or bettle-spins (green, white or yellow in color) used along the edges of knotgrass, maidencane or hydrilla within the lake should account for some fine stringers of specks  Although water temperatures will begin to cool and the spawning season will be subsiding during this time of year, respectable catches of bluegill can still be made by anglers using worms or crickets fished on the bottom at North and South Steer Beaches, eastern side of Makinson Island or around channel marker 26.

FWC Facts:
White and brown shrimp depend on estuaries as nursery habitats, leaving when they reach 4-5 inches in length. This “shrimp run” occurs in late summer or early fall.

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