Lake Tohopekaliga Fishing Info
Lake Tohopekaliga is also known as the West Lake or Lake Toho. Lake Toho flows close to the Kissimmee city in Florida and is the largest lake in the County. The lake connects with the Cypress Lake and has the South Port canal at the southern end. Toho has a shoreline of 42 miles and covers an area of 91.86 square kilometers. The lake is famous for birdwatching and bass fishing. Every year many professional fishing tournaments are held here.
Lake Toho is home to a large number of largemouth bass. The lake is also home to bluegill, black crappie, warmouth and redear sunfish. Spotted sunfish and channel catfish are also seen here. A good number of longnose gar and chain pickerel also live in this lake.
Fishing in the Toho lake is the best outdoor activity you can enjoy here. The most common fishing method found on Lake Toho is Bass fishing. Live shiners caught wild are the great baits used while bass fishing. You can also bring your fishing kayak or boat for fishing in the lake, and bring a decent fish finder to make it even easier. Booking a fishing guide or fishing from the shoreline are other methods. There are loads of fishes in this rich freshwater source. Boat launch ramps and airboat rides are accessible on Lake Toho.
In case you want to go fishing on the Toho, you will need a Florida fishing permit. Fishers above 16 years should have a valid license as per the law. Fishing licenses for tourists is also available and its duration ranges from 3-7 days. The 3-day license would cost 17 dollars and 7-day license costs 30 dollars at the time of writing. A yearly license for 47 dollars is also available for tourists. Licenses are either purchased online or at one of the Bass Pro stores (and if you have the budget, stock up on the best fishing line you can find, maybe even grab a pair of fancy fishing sunglasses).
Kids below 16 years do not require a fishing license. Elderly people above 65 years can get their license free of cost. A valid license is a must for all types of fishing on Lake Toho.
The seasonal information for fishing in Lake Toho are as follows:
1.Summer (April-September): In case you think it’s too hot to fish during this time, then you are wrong. It is the best season for live bait fishing and artificial fishing. During summers, you can catch around 25 bass fish daily using live baits and 15 bass fish using artificial baits.
2.Fall (October-December): The weather gets cooler and the water becomes cold. This is the time when basses find it easier to feed and this causes them to grow bigger. In contrast to summers, the general mass of the fish increases then. The weight of the fish increases from 6-7 pounds to over 8-9 pounds during the fall due to good feeds. Size becomes the criteria for fishing than numbers during this season.
3.Winter (December-April): It is the time of bass spawning. The bass moves from the pre-spawn stage to the full-blown stage during these months. Live baits help to catch the huge bass that is ready for spawning.