Scenic photo of Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho)Osceola County

Lake 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.

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 .

 Current Forecast:

Spawning activity by largemouth bass during the period will cause many anglers to comb the shoreline in search of that trophy fish.  Anglers should locate spawning bass in and around shallow-water vegetation (grasses, lily pads and hydrilla) at Goblet’s Cove, Brown’s Point, Big Grassy Island, South Steer Beach and around the mouth of Shingle Creek.  Both live and artificial baits should be very effective when utilized in these areas.  Live bait (golden shiners) will be the popular choice of many anglers seeking that lunker bass. Flipping or pitching plastic worms, lizards and crayfish imitations (Black Grape, Blue/Black, White, Bubblegum or Pearl in color) within shoreline vegetation will account for a fair share of the catches.  Spinnerbaits (white or white/gold skirted with gold, Colorado blades) fished slowly through these areas should also produce some good action.

Anglers fishing in open water near the entrance of Goblet’s Cove, between Paradise and Makinson Islands and around the mouth of Shingle Creek should find black crappie (specks) congregated in good numbers as fish prepare to move into shallower water to spawn.  Drifting minnows weighted under corks through these areas should account for many nice stringers of fish.  Artificial lures (white, chartreuse, yellow, salt and pepper tube or curly-tailed jigs and Hal-fly jigs) tipped with a minnow and fished within these open-water areas can also be a productive method. Anglers will increase their chances of locating fish by varying the depth of their baits as specks are noted for holding at specific water depths while in open water.  When speckled perch move to vegetated communities (grasses, lily-pads, hydrilla or bulrush) in shallow water to spawn, both live and artificial baits can be equally effective in catching a limit of fish (25 specks/person/day).

Anglers targeting redear sunfish (shellcracker) should try and schedule their trips to coincide with the new and full moon phases.  Shellcracker spawning activity should be well underway during these periods within February and March, and fish can be located in lily-pads or lily-pad/grass mixes in shoreline areas having sandy bottoms.  North Steer Beach, Goblet’s Cove and submersed vegetation (hydrilla) in open-water east of Makinson Island have historically been good areas to locate spawning shellcracker.  Live bait (red wigglers) fished on the bottom with a cork or bobber is a proven technique for catching this popular sport fish.

 



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