Fishing in Orlando
You can not see it from the roads as you
drive to the areas resorts and playgrounds but you are surrounded by
water. The Upper Kissimmee Basin is inter-connected by a series of
canals rich in fishing opportunities.
These waters feed the Kissimmee River, that goes on to
form the headwaters of the Kissimmee, Okeechobee and Everglades
A total of 15 lakes make up the chain. The two largest are
West Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee and East Lake Tohopekaliga in
the nearby community of St. Cloud. commonly referred to as either
'West or East Lake Toho'. A Florida Fishing License is required to
fish in either lake.
There are several different types of license available -
'Freshwater' applies to the inland waters and 'Saltwater' for use at
the oceans. As most of our coverage will be limited to the inland
waters, we will focus our attention here...
A Non-Resident license will currently cost you approximately $16.50,
valid for 7-days from the date of issue. Licenses can be purchased
at one of the area's fishing facilities or at one of the local
department stores e.g. the sporting goods section of Wal-Mart.
There are also two area marinas- 'Big Toho Marina' in downtown
Kissimmee, and 'East Lake Fish Camp' located at the eastern end of
Osceola Parkway, on Boggy Creek Road.
Bait is available at either marina and can also be purchased at
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For a real area treat, you may also want to make the
trek up to nearby Orlando to visit the nearby 'Bass Pro
Shops' located at the North end of
International Drive. A true 'outdoorsmans' paradise,
fishing, camping gear and anything to do with water or the
great outdoors can be found here. Big hit with the kids
too, with its large 'fresh water' aquarium and lots, and
lots of mounted 'North American' animals which all are
displayed with identifying markers. Buffalo, Bear, Deer,
Elk, Caribou, Moose can all be viewed here just to mention
a few...almost an attraction in itself.
To view their location, follow the highlighted link