If you’re looking for an outdoors Central Florida vacation, you’re in luck. The area has many lakes and Florida fishing is known to be some of the best in the region. While there are many lakes, this guide will go over Weohyakapka, Kissimmee and Hatchineha, three of the top ten Florida fishing lakes. Florida fishing licenses are required, but are reasonably priced for both Florida residents and non-resident visitors.
Visitors can plan to stay in one of the many hotels or Florida campgrounds when on a Central Florida vacation. Whether you prefer RV camps, cabins or roughing it in tents, you’ll find many Florida campgrounds to choose from.
Weohyakapka (Walk In The Water)
Lake Weohyakapka is also known as Walk In The Water. The lake is over 7000 acres and is known in national fishing circles for its large trophy mouth bass. It’s not unusual for the bass to weigh two to four pounds each, but some as large as 10 pounds can easily be caught. Oftentimes, anglers can catch 15-20 bass each day, though it’s best to catch and release since the daily limit is set to three fish per day.
The best time to fish Walk In The Water is February through May. During those months, the weather is cool enough and the bass typically stay in shallower water, making them easier to catch. It is possible to catch them during the hot, humid summer months, but you’ll need your bait to go deeper into the lake. Expect to see other wildlife, including eagles, ospreys, alligators and maybe even deer or wild turkeys. If you’d like to make your entire outdoor experience even better, look to some of the many Florida campgrounds nearby.
Lake Kissimmee is 38,000 acres full of excellent Florida fishing. In 1995 and 1996, the lake was drawn down, which helped create 24 miles of shoreline and excellent bass spawning conditions. Because of this, the bass in Lake Kissimmee continue to grow and multiply. The lake has many places for the fish to hide so some of the fish can be many years old before being tempted by an angler’s line. The lake has a five bass limit and only one of the kept fish can be over 24 inches long, meaning many of the fish are released back into the waters.
Florida fishing on Lake Kissimmee isn’t limited to bass. Anglers can also find crappie, bluegills and shellcrackers on their Central Florida vacation.
Lake Hatchineha is connected to Lake Kissimmee by a canal and is over 6600 acres of Florida fishing stocked with largemouth bass and bluegill. The water depth is manipulated by flood gates and the lake is only around eight feet deep so it’s easy to find fish just two to four feet under the water’s surface.
The lake is full of vegetation so anglers may not have luck with lures that sink into the weeds. The vegetation changes throughout the year, so check to see what the fish will be hiding in during your Central Florida vacation.
These are just three of the more than 550 lakes in Central Florida. With so many Florida campgrounds and accommodations near the lakes, it’s easy to plan a Central Florida vacation centering on the great outdoors.
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