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Lake Tohopekaliga

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      Lake Tohopekaliga is part of the Kissimmee chain of lakes. Boasting superb largemouth fishing, the lake has largemouth record of 17 lb -12 oz. Lake Tohopekaliga consistently yields good catches of panfish, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish and catfish.

Florida's lake Tohopekaliga large mouth fishing is rated and reported as one of the top areas in the USA. Largemouth bass are found in nearly every freshwater impoundments in Florida. More then 7,500 freshwater lakes and rivers are available for fishing freshwater in Florida. Fishermen face a tough decision on which lake to chose because they all hold good populations of largemouth bass.

Lake Toho is located next to the City of Kissimmee in central Florida. It is the second largest lake in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and represents the second largest water body on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. It is noted to be one of the premier largemouth bass fishing destinations in the USA. Many professional and amateur fishing tournaments are held here every year.

The following Lake Tohopekaliga fishing report identifies areas around the lake that have been known to hold largemouth bass.

Area #1 Lily pads, Land bulrushes along the north shore of Fells Cove hold numbers of bass in the cooler months. Fish plastic worms along vegetation in 4-to 6-foot depths.

Area #2 The mouth of Lake Ajay canal produces when water is flowing after spring or summer rains. Schools of bass and bullhead catfish are drawn to the flowing water and respond to live baits or artificials. Fishing with cut bait or 4-to 6-inch shiners is a proven technique for giant catfish.

Area #3 Bass anglers fishing with live bait are often successful along the southeast side of Fells Cove. To catch a large bass in spring or summer, anchor near the cattails or slow-troll the weedline with an electric motor. Troll from the Fells Cove cut to Lake Ajay canal, keeping the shiners 20 feet behind the boat and near the surface weedline.

Area #4 Bass and bluegill are taken from the first 30 yards of weeds extending along the cut from the Fells Cove mouth. If it's windy, fish the entire canal all the way to the main lake. Cast topwater plugs and minnow-type lures around the grass for bass.

Area #5 The Fells Cove canal entrance holds bass year-around. Bass anglers throw lipless crankbaits into the open water or plastic worms to the weedline. Fish the area when there is a current coming into the lake and continue on into the canal for 25 to 50 yards when the bass are actively feeding. Some large catfish have been taken from this canal mouth accidentally on artificials, but cut bait is preferred by catfishermen. Fish when runoff from a rain generates a current.

Area #6 The deep hole off the Boy Scout camp is known for holding bass. Troll live shiners 30 yards behind the boat or spray cast a crankbait around the drop-off. Silver/black is a popular color for schooling bass in summer. The fish hold on the dropoff which slopes from 6 feet on the edge of the hole to 16 feet at the bottom. Fish live shiners close to the bottom. Use weedless plastics to fish the bulrush.

Area #7 This area of scattered bulrushes and grass patches holds bass year around. It is a prime wading area; some anglers hop in and tow their boat behind them with a line around their waist. Cast white and gold-bladed spinnerbaits. Plastic worms and lizards are effective in the 3-to 4-foot depths. Slowly crawl Texas-rigged plastics with 3/16-to 1/4-ounce slip sinkers through the weedline in the cooler months.

Area #8 Grass patches along the east side hold bass all year. Also work the boat cuts through and behind the densest cover in spring and fall. Weedless spoons, plastic worms and jerkbaits are effective in the open pockets. Panfishermen can catch bluegill in the summer and crappie in January and February.

Area #9 Bass can be caught throughout the entire length of the Lake Runnymede Canal. Fishing is best in late spring and early fall. Work jerkbaits, topwater plugs and vibrating lures around the masses of hydrilla along the banks. Texas-rigged plastic worms are effective when fished in and over the hydrilla.

Area #10 Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits take bass from the open water around the hydrilla on the southwest side of Runnymede Lake. Fish all the pockets and cuts through the vegetation in the spring and fall. At night, crawl dark plastic worms in the same pockets. Black and purple are proven colors.

Well I hope the 10 areas identified in this Florida lake Tohopekaliga fishing report will help on you plan your next freshwater fishing trip to Florida.

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Lake Tohopekaliga NEWS!

Fishing Around Polk County (April 9)
The Ledger
1. Around Lakeland, continuing cold fronts aren't doing bass fishermen any favors, but they are prolonging the speckled perch bite. Tenoroc anglers averaging 2.03 fish per hour, with Half-Moon Lake the best, reports Tenoroc biologist Keaton Fish ...

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Upcoming Fishing Tournaments Around Polk (April 9)
The Ledger
THE BHS YELLOW JACKETS BASS FISHING TEAM at Bartow High School will hold the Jackets Spring Classic on the south Winter Haven chain out of Lake Shipp Saturday. Contact Derek Boswell 863-513-8877 or e-mail bboswell4@yahoo.com. THE FLORIDA CRAPPIE CLUB ...


TrophyCatch something to brag about
Sun-Sentinel
Experience Kissimmee will award $10,000 to the angler catching the biggest bass if the fish comes from the Kissimmee-area fisheries of West Lake Toho, East Lake Toho, Lake Cypress, Lake Hatchineha or Lake Kissimmee. Just announced is a prize ...

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Stahley keeps Mister Flyrod title in the family
Florida Today
For the fourth time — and the second consecutive year — the 47-year-old Rockledge native has claimed the 2013 Mister Flyrod championship in the tournament fly fishing club that for years was dominated by Stahley's father, Ed Stahley, a Merritt Island ...


Harmony fish team 2nd at state
Osceola News-Gazette
Smith and Solieau – as well as six other teams from Osceola County – competed at the High School State Fishing Championship on Lake Toho on March 2. The one-day tournament was organized by The Bass Federation (TBF) in conjunction with the FLW ...


Bass are hitting on shiners
Osceola News-Gazette
As the weather warms up, bass fishing is really starting to heat up in Lake Toho and surrounding Osceola County waters. February and March were good months, as guides are reporting the warmer than normal conditions have resulted in some outstanding ...

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