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Florida Fishing Guide For Orlando By Disney Vacation Rentals

Fishing Locations

If you are coming to Orlando, Kissimmee or the Central Florida area for business or vacation then we have essential guide information for your fishing adventure covered. No matter if your looking to catch a trophy bass, a huge redfish, snook or tarpon, do a little fly fishing for some sea trout, or maybe even try some nearshore fishing.

For more guide information about a specific area you are interested in fishing, please see the list below.

Freshwater Fishing Destinations

Saltwater Fishing Destinations

Lake Toho (Lake Tohopekaliga)

Orlando Fishing Guide Lake Toho (Lake Tohopekaliga)

Lake Toho Orlando Fishing Information Gude

Lake Location: Located in Kissimmee, Florida.
Lake Size: 18,800 acres
Average Depth: 4 to 6 feet
Species Available: Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bream, Chain Pickerel

Lake Toho is just minutes from Disney and became world famous during 2001 when the all-time B.A.S.S. fishing tournament record for total weight was eclipsed by professional angler Dean Rojas with a total catch of 108 pounds. During the four day fishing competition, two 40-pound-plus limits, 21 bass over 10 pounds, and 251 five-fish limits were brought to the scales. While these professional tournament results are truly impressive, trophy bass are consistently caught from the lake on an annual basis by fishing guides and amateur anglers alike.

Lake Toho has long been the jewel of the Bass Fishing community and a destination for trophy seekers. With plenty of cover, nutrient saturated water and perfect weather this is the best lake for bass to thrive and flourish to amazing sizes and numbers.

Mosquito Lagoon

Orlando Fishing Guide Mosquito Lagoon

Orlando Fishing Information Guide

Water Location: Located on Atlantic coast just 50 miles from Disney World
Lake Size: 15 miles long and about 12 miles wide
Average Depth: 3 feet in the flats to 8 feet in the channels
Species Available: Tarpon, Trout, Snapper, Redfish

Mosquito lagoon 60 miles east of Disneyworld on the Atlantic coast. Mosquito Lagoon is within the boundaries of Merritt Island National Wild Life Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. Most of the Lagoon is 3 ft. or less. Weather is important to fishing success here. Cold fronts, winds Tide is not a factor.

This may be the best place in the entire state for redfish, because of the flats and miles of shoreline. Extensive seagrass grows in the shallows, perfect cover for Redfish, many catches are well in the excess of the current 27 to 32 inch slot limit maximum for redfish. Spotted sea trout are also abundant in the Lagoon.

Mosquito Lagoon holds 750,000 species of sea life in it's Lagoon some 40 miles in length and 1 to 5 miles in width. Within an hour drive from Orlando and Kissimmee.

Lake Conway ( Conway Chain of Lakes)

Orlando Fishing Guide Lake Conway ( Conway Chain of Lakes)

Lake Location: Located just 13 miles from Disney World Florida
Lake Size: 1800 acres
Average Depth: 8 to 22 feet
Species Available: Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bream, Chain Pickerel

Lake Conway, or the Conway Chain of lakes as the locals call it is actually four interconnected fishing pools (east, west, middle and south) in the south Orlando area. The larger of only two public boat ramps is located off Hoffner Avenue, two blocks east of Orange Avenue (SR 527).

Like the Butler Chain, public bank access is, for all practical purposes, non-existent. The chain has nearly 1,800 acres of clear water and hard sand bottom, with beds of peppergrass, eelgrass and hydrilla scattered offshore.

Largemouth bass fishing is good in every season except summer when the bass often suspend and become difficult to catch. One of Conway’s “claims to fame” is its schooling bass during late fall and early winter. In fact, schooling activity often seems to be best during cold, post-front conditions that shut down many of the area’s shallow lakes.

Schooling bass can be found by locating surface activity or by watching birds feeding in offshore areas (Try the buoy line in the east pool). Jigging spoons, topwater lures, soft jerkbaits and white spinnerbaits will all catch schooling bass; however, it is important to remain flexible, because what worked one day will often be ignored the next.

Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral fishing

Water Location: Located just 65 miles from Disney World Florida
Water Size  
Average Depth: 20 to 60 feet deep and more in the Atlantic Ocean
Species Available: Tarpon, Sailfish, Dolphin, Shark, Kings, Tuna, Triple Tail

Port Canaveral is located on Florida's East Coast and is a favorite destination for fishermen heading out to deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. From Port Canaveral you can be catching Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), Kings, Barracuda, Sailfish, tuna and more within minutes of leaving the dock.

Port Canaveral is only one hour from Orlando and is a great fishing destination. Many cruise lines port here. The Navy has a submarine base here, and Port Canaveral is one of the busiest sea ports in the United States.

Just to the North of Port Canaveral is Kennedy Space Center and the Canaveral National Seashore. If you go west of the port through the Barge Locks and Canal you can be fishing in the Indian River System. From Port Canaveral there are many fishing options from Deep Sea, Offshore and Near Shore fishing.

Weather and the Tides are important and should be monitored. Flexibility is the key to fishing here.

Stick Marsh / Farm 13

 

Lake Location: Located just 100 miles from Disney World Florida
Lake Size: Lake Size is 6700 acres
Average Depth: between 3 to 6 feet deep
Species Available: Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bream, Chain Pickerel

Stick Marsh/ Farm 13 Reservoirs was created in 1985 by flooding old farm fields. The area is strictly managed by the Florida Game & Fish Commission as a trophy bass fishing site. Stick Marsh / Farm 13 Reservoir are synonymous with Trophy Bass and and other species of fish.

This approximately 6700 acre reservoir (3000 in stick marsh and 3700 in farm 13) is located near Felsmere and Palm Bay Florida and is approximate 1 and 1/2 hr drive from Orlando. This Florida fishing Factory offer some of the best bass fishing in Florida during the winter and spring.

To get to Stick marsh / Farm13 go to Hwy 192 to I-95 south. Exit I-95 at Felsmere onto CR 512 and go west 4 miles to Felsmere. Turn right on CR. 507 and go north 4 miles to Felsmere Grade. Turn left onto the Grade, which runs along side the C-54 canal on the south side. Follow the grade 6 miles to the ramp.

Stick marsh is a catch and release only for all largemouth bass at all times. No exceptions.

Homosassa Springs and River

Fishing at Homosassa Springs and River

Water Location: Located in Orlando, Florida just 65 miles from Disney World on the west coast.
Average Depth: 3 feet in the flats to 8 feet in the channels
Species Available: Tarpon, Trout, Snapper, Redfish

Welcome to Homosassa Florida, It is one of the oldest fishing destinations on Florida's Gulf Coast. It has an old fishing town charm, and a lot of good places to eat.

Homosassa is an excellent place to charter a boat from. You are Minutes to the Gulf of Mexico. Sea trout, Redfish, Tarpon, Sharks, Mackerel, are just a few species that are very common in the Gulf Of Mexico.

July is the opening of Scallop season, Thousands of anglers flock to the flats to harvest the Bay Scallops. Homosassa Is home to Manatees that stay in the springs year round. Come see what Florida's  Gulf Coast has to offer.

Lake Kissimmee ( Kissimmee Chain of Lakes)

Guide to Lake Kissimmee ( Kissimmee Chain of Lakes)

 

Lake Location: Located in Orlando Florida just 29 miles from Disney World
Lake Size: 36,700 acres
Average Depth: 4 feet to 8 feet average depth
Species Available: Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bream, Chain Pickerel

Lake Kissimmee is the largest fishing lake in the south end of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and is very popular for  Trophy Largemouth Bass , Bluegill, Black Crappie and Shell Cracker. The main body of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Located south of Kissimmee about 20 miles by boat through locks and channels. Boat ramps are located at several locations along the lake shore.

Expansive stands of native aquatic grass at Philadelphia Point, North Cove, Tiger Cove and Brahma Island provide anglers with cover to flip plastics baits, cast a crankbait or fish with large golden shiners for Hugh spawning Bass during the winter and Spring.

Fly fishermen have good success fishing along the miles of shoreline on Lake Kissimmee. Lake Kissimmee is rich in wildlife, including Bald Eagles, White tail deer, Bobcats and Turkeys. This lake is surrounded by protected wetlands, a State wildlife area and is undeveloped and secluded and a part of old Florida you will truly enjoy.

Indian River Lagoon System

Indian River Lagoon System

 

Water Location Located in Orlando just 65 miles from Disney World
Water Size 165 miles long
Average Depth 3 feet in the flats to 8 feet in the channels
Species Available Tarpon, Trout, Snapper, Redfish

The Indian River Lagoon System is located on Florida's East Coast and stretches from north of Daytona Beach all the way down south of Jupiter Beach stretching over 156 miles. The Indian River Lagoon System includes Mosquito Lagoon and the Banana River and has five natural inlets allowing water flow, although this flow is now controlled. These inlets include;

Ponce De Leon Inlet
Sebastian Inlet
Fort Pierce Inlet
St Lucie Inlet
Jupiter Inlet
The Indian River is the largest living estuary in North America and is home to over 4,000 different species including many endangered species. The Indian River Lagoon System including Mosquito Lagoon and the Banana River is world famous for fishing. Some of the biggest Redfish can be caught here along with Tarpon, Snook, Sea Trout and more.

Flats Fishing on the river is some of the most exciting fishing you will ever experience. Weather is a major factor on success. Located only one hour away from Orlando makes this a prime location for Fly Fishing or Flats Fishing in Central Florida.

Lake Butler ( Butler Chain of Lakes)

Lake Butler ( Butler Chain of Lakes) Guide

Lake Location: Located in Orlando just 9 miles from Disney World
Lake Size: 4,720 acres combined in 11 lakes
Average Depth: 8 to 22 feet
Species Available: Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bream, Chain Pickerel

Lake Butler or the Butler Chain of Lakes is made up of 11 interconnected lakes totaling 4,720 acres in Orlando. Boat access is available only at ONE county ramp (Lake Islesworth just south of Windermere) and public bank access is almost non-existent.

Orange County charges a launch fee at the Lake Islesworth ramp and the ramp is not open after dark. The chain is primarily known for its excellent largemouth bass fishing. Most successful bass anglers pay attention to the bottom contours of the lake’s offshore structure where 4- to 5-pound bass are commonly produced.

Live shiners free-lined over grass edges, humps, ledges, and drop‑offs adjacent to spawning flats is one method to consistently catch quality bass in the winter/spring (Try Lake Butler). Jigging spoons fished over deep-water humps can produce 50-fish days when the water gets cold and fish congregate tightly (Try Little Lake Down).

The R.D. Keene ramp at Lake Islesworth (Butler Chain) costs $5/day or $150/year for use of the ramp. Call Orange County at 407-876-6696 (Wed - Sat) for questions regarding R.D. Keene ramp.

Sebastian Inlet and River System

Sebastian Inlet and River System

 

Water Location: Located in Orlando just 90 miles from Disney World
Lake Size: 15 miles long and about 12 miles wide
Average Depth: 3 feet in the flats to 40 to 50 feet in deeper water
Species Available: Tarpon, Trout, Snapper, Redfish, Tuna, Sailfish

Sebastian Inlet is without a doubt one of the worlds finest fishing destinations. Sebastian Inlet is where America's most diverse estuary ecosystems meet the Atlantic Ocean. Sebastian inlet is an example of natures tidal clockwork
working in tandem with weather and seasons.

A veteran angler will experience a smorgasbord of fishing delight from spin casting to fly fishing for Snook, Giant Tarpon, Redfish, Gator Trout, Shark, Flounder.

Fishing Seasons
 
January through March Sailfish
April through May Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) are abundant
June through December Large Snook, Tarpon and Redfish    

Not only is the Inlet a hot place to fish, there is also the Sebastian River that offers juvenile tarpon almost year around. No matter what you are after, this is a fishing heaven for anglers of all ages.

Crystal River

Crystal River Florida

Water Location: Located in Orlando just 65 miles from Disney World
Average Depth: 3 feet in the flats to 8 feet in the channels
Species Available: Tarpon, Trout, Snapper, Redfish

Welcome to Crystal River ,also known as Florida's Nature Coast. Crystal River is home to many types of wildlife, Wild pigs, Deer, and hundreds of different types of birds. Tourists from all over the world, come to crystal River to swim in the beautiful spring fed waters and encounter the Manatees.

Crystal River is home to some of the best fishing in the state, On a normal day you can catch Redfish, Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Kings, Sharks just to name a few. During the first week in May, Tarpon start the big migration north. If you want to catch a big Tarpon on fly this would be the best time of year.

Starting July 1st scallop season opens from Tarpon Springs all the way up to the big bend. Its is one of the most busiest times of the year. Families come out and snorkel the shallow Grass flats and pick up the Bay scallops. During the winter months Most of the fish swim up the rivers to stay in the warmer waters.

The river is 72 degrees all year long, While the Gulf can get down in the 50's at night. Come enjoy what Florida's Gulf Coast has to offer.

Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Florida

Water Location: Located in Orlando just 50 miles from Disney World
Lake Size: 25 miles long and about 12 miles wide
Average Depth: 3 feet in the flats to 40 to 50 feet in deeper water
Species Available: Tarpon, Trout, Snapper, Redfish, Tuna, Sailfish

Tampa Bay inlet of the Gulf of Mexico 25 miles long and 7 to 12 miles wide. Separated from the gulf by numerous islands. Containing unlimited flats and tributaries and bays great for wading, casting and it is a fly fishing paradise.

Miles of shoreline and dredged shipping channels offer a true variety of diverse fishing.
Trolling the shore for Mangrove Snapper or Sheephead around the docks. Fishing the flats with artificial and a fly for Seatrout laid up in the grass. Throwing a whitebait { as locals call a species of white sided baitfish} to a Tailing Red or a School of Jacks cruising by.

As the weather warms and the flats hear up into the lower 80's Anglers are looking for the Big Tarpon to appear. The site of a 150lb. Tarpon leaping out the water is something a die-hard-Angler and Novice will remember for a long time.

Offshore you have the reliable Grouper. Snapper, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish and Maybe a Marlin Located only 55 miles west of Orlando and Theme parks make Tampa Bay a must fish Destination.

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