Captain Jackson’s Orlando Fishing Forecast for LakeTohopekaliga ("Toho") and Kissimmee

If you are planning a trip for any season of the upcoming year, please e-mail us for an up to date, customized forecast for your desired season for travel.

To ensure you’ll be able to reserve one of our guides, you will need to make your reservation as early as possible. Two to three months in advance is best. If you wait too long, you might not find us available for your ideal dates… but give us a call to check.

Check out our Orlando Fishing Blog with breaking reports and photograhps from our fishing adventures in Orlando, Kissimmee and Lake Toho!

Fall Forecast: October, November, and December:

If you’re hoping to catch some trophy bass during the next few months, your odds are better at Lake Toho than anywhere else in the nation. So, come on down and treat yourself to the bass fishing trip of a lifetime.Kissimmee Fishing Report

This is the season when the dog days of summer draw to an end with the beginning of October just around the corner, we gradually ease into fall. With the passage of several cold fronts, lake conditions begin to change. Water temperatures dip back into the 70s and water levels rise, approaching normal once again, which energizes the fish population in our Central Florida lakes. The Florida largemouth bass finds new vigor, and both fish and fishermen become more active.

Choice of Bait: During the fall months: We fish the hydrilla and maiden-cane grass fields in 3 to 6 feet of water. Artificial lures and wild shiners both work well at this time of the year. But, if it’s lunker bass you’re after, wild shiners produce the really big ones. This doesn’t mean that you can’t catch trophy bass on artificial lures – you can – just not as frequently as with shiners. However, if fishing with artificials is your choice, it’s best to use only weed less baits: plastic worms, soft-jerk baits, spoons, and top water lures because the grass is very heavy.

Pre-spawn: As water temperatures approach the low- to mid-seventies, the bass begin to group in pre-spawn staging areas, setting the scene for a lot of action at these locations. Fishing Toho in the fall becomes a more productive and enjoyable endeavor because you don’t have to run all over the lake, catching one fish here and another there. You can spend more time fishing in each location.

Average Catches: On a good day at this time of year: Catches of 15-29 bass are common, with catches of 5 to 6 pound bass a daily occurrence. When it comes to bass in the 10+ pound class, it is not unusual to produce a couple each week. (As always, your personal statistics can be better or worse, depending on weather conditions.) And, for every bass you catch over 10 pounds, you can expect to lose one or two in the heavy grasses. Nevertheless, the months of October, November, and December offer you plenty of opportunity to hook big bass; but it’s up to you to get them in the boat!

LakeToho: #1 TrophyBassLake in USA! If you’re hoping to catch some trophy bass during the next few months, your odds are better at LakeTohopekaliga than anywhere else in the nation. So, come on down and treat yourself to the bass fishing trip of a lifetime! [Note: With the popularity of Florida fishing on the rise across the United States and abroad, it is important to book your guide trips as early as possible. The sooner you book, the more likely you will get the dates you prefer.

Gift Certificate: Need a unique holiday gift for someone special? How about a day of trophy bass fishing on Lake Toho? Just give me a call and a beautiful gift certificate will soon be on its way to you – a gift your special person will never forget!


Winter Forecast: January, February and March:

Winter is in full swing. If you get the right conditions, Toho can be one of the best lakes in the country. But when you don’t get things just right, fishing can be difficult -- and “just right” means a stable barometer. Water temperatures fluctuate widely at this time of the year. Before a cold front, they are usually in the low 60s. After the front passes, they tend to dip into the 50s. On some occasions, water temperatures even rise into the 70s.Winter Bass Fishing Forecast

Changing Conditions: Be prepared for changing conditions. Wintertime angling can be feast or famine. When a cold front comes through, the fishing can be thrown into a tailspin. But, cold fronts in February are not as severe and occur less often than in January. Just as fishing can be tough after a cold front, it can be incredibly productive before a cold front. Before the front, the fish are willing to bite on top water lures, creating potential for the use of soft jerk baits and white spinnerbaits.

Stable Conditions: A gradual warming trend can bring phenomenal catches. Stable weather conditions over a period of days can culminate in hordes of big, egg-laden females moving up to spawn, making them easy pickings for anglers like Dean Rojas, who broke several all-time tournament records at the historic Bassmaster Classic held at Lake Toho in 2001. Rojas attributes his success to prevailing conditions that enabled him to sight fish in an area known as Shingle Creek, one of the best fishing spots on Toho. Other popular destinations on the lake are grass fields in areas known as North Steer on the southern end of the lake, Whaley’s Landing on the southeast end of the lake, and Brown’s Point, which abuts a spawning flat on the back side and is situated on the southwest end of the lake.

First Spawn: With the first spawn, which occurs during our winter season, Toho’s staging areas are alive with their greatest numbers of fish. To locate them, check out the maidencane grass fields. Maidencane grass is the predominate vegetation near the spawning grounds, areas having firm, sandy bottoms. The concentration of bass in these locations sets the stage for a lot of action. January through March is peak season for trophy bass fishing in Central Florida -- and the busiest time of year for our professional bass guides. Be sure to ask your guide take a photo of you with your trophy catch.

Choice of Bait: After a few days of good weather, artificial lures (mainly top water baits, plastic worms and soft jerk baits) can produce some decent catches. But, with typical winter weather patterns continuing from the first of the year until spring, wild shiners remain your best assurance for both good numbers and size. Keep in mind, however, that after a cold front passes, producing bass with either kind of bait can be difficult.

Average Catches: Winter is our favorite time of the year for catching good numbers of big Florida black bass. Setting your hook on upwards of 25 largemouth bass is not unusual, and you can expect plenty of them to be in the 4 to 7 pound range. When it comes to the 10+ pound monsters you read about, each of our guides sees 2 or 3 caught every week. We assure you, your bass guide will put you on plenty of bass -- but it’s up to you to get them in the boat! For every half dozen you land, you are likely to lose one or two in Florida’s grassy waters.


Spring Forecast: April, May, and June:

Spring is one of the most enjoyable times to be out on Lake Toho for a little freshwater fishing. The weather in Central Florida at this time of the year is almost always incredibly nice -- sunny and clear. Lake Toho Fishing ReportWe offer four, five, six, and eight hour trips up until the middle of June. However, when the afternoons become too hot, the bass stop feeding, and we discourage guide trips longer than six hours. As always, the most productive time to fish for trophy bass is during the early hours of the day. A light rain or thunderstorm may occur before the day is over, but it likely will be too late in the day to interrupt your fishing.

Lake Conditions: Water temperatures are in the mid-80s. Air temperatures, however, vary during the day. They are usually in the mid 70s at daybreak, in the mid 80s by 10 AM, and in the low to mid 90s in the afternoon. During the months of July, August, and September, we recommend our clients book their trophy bass fishing trips for no more than 4, 5, or possibly 6 hours, beginning at first light. No matter how hot it gets as the day wears on, the first 3 1//2 hours of daylight can be some of the fastest fishing of the year.

Water Levels: The lake level is lowered 2 ½ feet to prepare for the typical afternoon rains. When the level is lowered, the bass move out to open water hydrilla fields. Large numbers of bass congregate in groups over the hydrilla beds. Then we can anchor our boat in special spots and catch good numbers of fish before moving on.

Average Catch: During the summer, the number of bass caught on half-day trips ranges from 10 to 15. When bass are more aggressive and active, a catch of 20 to 30 can be expected. Even on the worst of days, you can look to catch 5 to 8. The average size bass is about 3 pounds. However, 5 pounders are caught almost everyday. Catching a seven to eight pound bass is common, but it is not everyday you land one. As for 10+ pound trophy bass, we catch them all year round – just not as many during the summer as in the cool winter months when the bass feed throughout the day. But, you never know what will happen -- an eight to ten pound largemouth bass may be your next catch.

Bait: As always, we recommend wild shiners for numbers of bass—and especially trophy-size bass. Artificial lures also can be very productive, provided you have the right conditions. Top-water baits are favored for early morning fishing. Plastic worms, flukes, sinkos, rattletraps, and spinner baits are the most productive lures used on Lake Toho and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. So whether you prefer wild shiners or artificial lures, give us a call and we’ll set you up with a great fishing adventure on beautiful West Lake Tohopecaliga – the Number #1 Trophy Bass Lake in USA!


Summer Forecast: July, August, and September:

Summer is a great time to fish Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Florida -- during the early hours of the day, that is. The weather in Central Florida is almost always nice in the morning -- sunny and clear – but the air heats up quickly as Orlando Fishing Reportthe day wears on. Air temperatures are usually in the mid 70s at daybreak, in the mid 80s by 10 AM, and in the low to mid 90s in the afternoon. During the months of July, August, and September, we recommend our clients book their trophy bass fishing trips for no more than 4, 5, or 6 hours, beginning at daybreak. The first 3 1//2 hours of daylight can be some of the most productive fishing of the year! Although, this is our rainy season, the thunderstorms usually don’t occur until late afternoon or evening -- some time after our fishing adventure has ended for the day.

Lake Conditions: Water temperatures range from the mid-80s to the upper 80s. Over the winter and spring months, the lake levels are gradually lowered about 2 ½ feet to prevent possible flooding conditions during our summer rainy season. As the water level is lowered, the bass move out to open water hydrilla fields, where large numbers of bass congregate in groups. When the bass relocate to this deeper water, we relocate, too. No need now to catch one fish here and another over there. We anchor our boat in or near the hydrilla beds and catch good numbers of fish at each location before moving on – a more efficient use of our time.

Average Catch: During the summer, the number of bass caught on 4-hour trips generally ranges from 10 to 15. When bass are more aggressive and active, a catch of 20 to 30 can be expected. Even on the worst of days, you can look to catch 5 to 8. The average size bass is about 3 pounds. However, 5 pounders are caught almost everyday. Catching a 7 to 8 pound bass is fairly common, but it is not everyday you land one. As for 10+ pound trophy bass, we catch at Toho all year round – just not as many during the summer as in the cool winter months, when the bass feed throughout the day. But, you never know what will happen – an 8 to 10 pound lunker may be your very next fish.

Bait: As always, we recommend wild shiners for numbers of bass—and especially trophy-size bass. Artificial lures also can be very productive, provided you have the right conditions. Top-water baits are favored for early morning fishing. Plastic worms, flukes, sinkos, rattletraps, and spinner baits are the most productive lures used on Lake Toho and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. So whether you prefer wild shiners or artificial lures, give us a call and we’ll set you up with a great fishing adventure on beautiful West Lake Tohopecaliga – the Number #1 Trophy Bass Lake in USA!

Captain’s Note: The popularity of trophy bass fishing on West Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, Florida (just minutes from Disney World and the Orlando theme parks), draws fishermen and their families from all over the country and many nations abroad. You will want to make your reservation for a guide trip as early as possible to help ensure that Capt. Jackson or one of his experienced bass guides is available.

Come on down to Kissimmee and find out for yourself how big we grow trophy bass here at Lake Toho. Experience the tug of an 8 to 10 pound monster on the end of your line – and test your skill at landing your trophy of a lifetime. Why wait? Book your trip now!


Captain’s Note: The popularity of trophy bass fishing on West Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, Florida (just minutes from Disney World and the Orlando theme parks), draws fishermen and their families from all over the country and many nations abroad. You will want to make your reservation for a guide trip as early as possible to help ensure that one of our experienced bass guides is available.

So y’all come on down to Kissimmee and bring your family. Find out for yourself how big we grow trophy bass here at Lake Tohohopekaliga – and what a thrill it is to feel the tug of one of these monster bass on the end of your line!

Tips on Catching Trophy Bass: Visit the fishing Articles page on our web site for my tipson locating, hooking, and landing trophy bass in Florida’s grassy waters, Click on one or more of the following magazines: 1) In-Fisherman Magazine -  Oct//Nov 2007, 2) BassMaster Magazine - Jan. 2006, and 3) In-Fisherman Magazine - Feb/Mar 2004.

Why Wait? Book Now!


Captain AJ Jackson of Freelancer Bass Guide Service has been featured on numerous In-Fisherman TV shows, In-Fisherman Magazines, Bassmaster Magazine and other popular magazines and books.

Orlando Bass Fishing Article - In Fisherman Magazine
Click on each magazine cover to read articles
Kissimmee Bass Fishing Article - In Fisherman Magazine

FISHING CHARTER INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS
Call Toll Free 1-800-738-8144
Cell 407-288-9670
Local 407-348-8764
Fax 407-290-9976

Facebook