The Best Lakes for Bass Fishing in Florida

The Best Lakes for Bass Fishing in Florida
Florida is a mecca for freshwater enthusiasts, with more than 7,500 lakes, and bass is one of their favorite catches. There are four basses that prowl Florida's freshwaters: the largemouth, spotted, Suwannee and shoal. Largemouth bass are the most common and can be found in nearly every body of fresh water in the state. The Florida largemouth, a native subspecies, is the official freshwater fish of Florida.

Lake George

The 46,000-acre Lake George is the second largest lake in the state and is considered one of central Florida's top largemouth bass fishing lakes. Spring spawning season is prime time for landing trophy-size largemouths. Anglers can wade fish in the lake's eel grass beds or cast for bass that congregate on the south end of the lake. There are several fishing camps on the St. John River, just north of the lake and one public boat ramp near the south end of the lake. Lake George is about 30 miles east of Ocala.


Lake Tohopekaliga

This 18,810-acre lake near Kissimmee is a popular destination for Florida anglers because of its healthy fish populations, including trophy-size largemouth bass. Popular areas for bass fishing include North Steer Beach, Little Grassy Island and Goblet's Cove. There are also eight, man-made fish attractors in the deeper parts of the lake. There are five public boat ramps on the lake, a small park and two fish camps.

Lake Kissimmee

This well-known lake, attracting both local and visiting anglers, covers about 35,000 acres. One of the largest lakes on the Kissimmee River, it's considered one of the finest fishing lakes in the state. According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission survey, bass fishers had a catch success rate of 0.53 fish per hour during the 2009 season. Catches of largemouth bass weighing more than 10 pounds were reported. There's a state park on the lake, two public boat ramps and three fishing camps. The lake is about 40 miles south of Orlando.


Article Written By Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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