Anglers across Florida have discovered that the state’s largemouth bass fishing, traditionally a spring sport, is holding its own as summer approaches. Kissimmee’s Lake Tohopekaliga ("Toho" for short) has been particularly productive, cementing its reputation as one of the top bass destinations in the world.
We may have the unusually long winter to thank. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission suspect the cooler weather may have delayed spawning and post-spawn feeding frenzy. At a recent tournament, the Toho Open saw a winning catch of more than 38 pounds.
The best bet is to fish early in the morning. Anglers will catch their share of schooling fish in the 1- to 2-pound range. The big tournament winners, however, will be found feeding the edges of the deep grass beds after the sun comes up.
Many believe that Toho’s trophy fish are the result of the FWC’s aggressive management of fishery. The lake was drawn down in 1971 and then again in 2004, which helped improve water quality.