Orlando Bass Fishing

orlandobassVisitors flock to Central Florida for the theme parks and other attractions, but sometimes people forget that the Orlando, Florida area has undoubtedly the best bass fishing on the planet. Pro fishing tournaments, including one of the most prestigious bass tournaments, are routinely held in the lakes of the Orlando area. Guides know the local waters and are numerous and fishing boats are also available for rent at various locations.

Visitors Need a License

If you do not live in Florida, you will need to buy a Florida non-resident fishing license to legally fish in Orlando. Read the Florida Fishing Regulations information on how to get a license, These licenses are available for periods of three or seven days, or can be purchased for an entire year if you going to be here a while or are planning multiple trips to Central Florida. You can buy these licenses online.

When to Fish in Orlando

If you are fishing in Orlando, one of the best times to go is between November and March, especially toward the latter end of this period, as spawning has begun. However, the fish can be particular and may almost completely shut down feeding when cold fronts come through. Likewise, in the warmer months, the bass could be harder to find depending as they seek cooler waters.

Where to find Bass

Orlando’s Butler Chain of Lakes is probably one of the most beautiful fisheries in the State of Florida. Lined with gorgeous houses and full-grown Cypress Trees, this is one of the best bass fishing chain of lakes in Orlando.  Trophy Largemouth Bass live there. Throughout most of the year, it’s a great place to perfect your artificial lure skills.  However if you have the time you should take a short trip to the Bass Wisherman’s Fishing grounds on the Beautiful St. John’s River.

Directions to the Best Orlando (area) Bass Fishing

Note These directions will put you at a public coat ramp in the southern area of my favorite fishing grounds at Hontoon Island State Park

Orlando, FL
1. Head east on W South St toward S Orange Ave
112 ft
2. Take the 1st right onto S Orange Ave
463 ft
3. Take the 1st right onto W Anderson St
0.2 mi
4. Turn right to merge onto I-4 E
30.8 mi
5. Take exit 114 toward FL-472 W
0.4 mi
6. Turn left onto Howland Blvd
371 ft
7. Slight left onto FL-472 W
2.9 mi
8. Merge onto FL-15 N/FL-600 E/US-17 N/US-92 E/S Woodland Blvd via the ramp toDeland
1.9 mi
9. Turn left onto FL-15 Alt N/E Taylor Rd

Continue to follow FL-15 Alt N
2.3 mi
10. Turn left onto W Euclid Ave
1.3 mi
11. Turn left onto Old New York Ave
0.2 mi
12. Slight right to stay on Old New York Ave
0.9 mi
13. Turn left onto Co Rd 4125/Hontoon Rd

Continue to follow Hontoon Rd
2.4 mi
14. Turn left onto River Ridge Rd

Destination will be on the left
0.8 mi


Hontoon Island State Park

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