When you go fishing from one place to the other in the U. S. you will see many different types of lakes and rivers. Each body of water has its own endearing characteristics but they also have a lot of things in common. And that is where the lakes and rivers in Central Florida differ from all the others lakes in the United States – it has its own uniqueness.
It is popularly known that Central Florida is famous for fantastic Bass fishing. They have the best lakes in all of Florida because they have the finest largemouth bass any other lakes could give.
Bass fishing in Central Florida is world class throughout the year. The reproduction of these fish occurs between December and April at which time the bass will be at their heaviest. Eight to ten pound trophy-class fish are possible on any given day, with a chance at even a larger bass.
You can also find in Central Florida the famous Kissimmee Chain of Lakes where the finest
largemouth bass can be found.
Central Florida bass fishing is known worldwide. Avid fishermen from all over the world take their vacations here in order to see and catch their own world-class wall mount, a sure pride of their collection.
Before you go on your bass fishing adventure in Central Florida, you first need to consider where the fish are going to be during the season that you're there. Consider the following:
1. Shallow water vs deep water:
As ambush predators, bass tend to live and survive in shallow water near the shore line. However, in hot weather they do tend to migrate to deeper water. Bass follow their food and will follow it into deeper water when the water temperature hits about 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Look for reeds and weeds:
Bass are sight predators, this means that they will hide and watch for a meal to swim by. But remember, if you are not sneaky the fish can often spot you and be spooked. Approach your spot quietly and throw your bait close to the weeds where a monster is likely hiding.
3. The wind will tell you what to throw:
When the winds are calm and the water is cool, try throwing a topwater bait such as poppers and buzzbaits. In windy conditions, throw and quickly retrieve spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Remember that when the water is too warm the fish will be lazy and deep so mornings and evenings will likely be your best times, especially during the summer.
Now, if you think you you're ready it's time to hit the water!
But wait! You might be wondering where on
Central Florida you can get these bass fishes. Here is a list of lakes where you can find the finest and the best bass fishes in the whole Central Florida.
• The Lake Tohopekiga or the Lake Toho -
the Florida’s trophy Largemouth fisheries are
found in Lake Tohopekaliga or "Lake Toho”. It is
actually the place where B.A.S.S is held. This
is also known as the Kissimee Chain of Lakes.
• The Lake Cypress
• And the Lake Kissimmee
Try to visit these lakes! You will never
While there are so many seasoned Bass fishermen from Central Florida and some from out of state, there are also those who have little or no experience just yet but want to take up the sport. It is necessary to know that it is not just about throwing a line in the water and waiting. There are some necessary procedures and laws to follow.
The following are important guidelines for fishing bass in Central Florida:
1. Be sure that the boats you are going to use are fully equipped with all U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment and cell phone for emergency purposes.
2. It is a must to consider the weather condition. You should leave the water when a storm comes or if there is lightning in the area.
3. You should start to fish early in the morning or in the evening because bass are most active in cooler temperatures.
4. Use artificial or live bait to trap the bass. This is an effective technique because bass are less aware of the bass fishermen when they are feeding.
5. Bring extra rods and reels. You might need it.
If you feel like you want guide services to help you, they are abundantly found online. There are many local guides eager to help you land the big one!
Different bass fishing guide agencies will assist you with your tour. It will cost you, but it is an expense I am sure will be well worth it. Local knowledge is priceless and if your time in Florida is limited, this is a great option for you.
As a reminder do not forget to bring with you your sunglasses and sunscreen because it might get hot out there! But of course, do not forget to bring food. You don’t want an angry stomach on your bass fishing trip, do you?
And best of all be sure you have your camera so you can take pictures as a memoirs of your fantastic bass fishing in Central Florida as well as that whopping 15 pounder that you caught.
Special thanks to so many Florida residents who provided photographs and crucial local knowledge.
Angel Fonseca Gallardo
Barry N Weaver Jr.