The Kississimee Convention & Visitors Bureau just raised the bass fishing stakes by $12,500 in Osceola County.
The angler who catches the biggest bass, reports it and releases it according to rules of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's TrophyCatch Program during the program's first year, will win $10,000. If fishing with a registered guide, the skipper will earn $2,500. There's going to be a gold rush on at least two of Florida's top bass lakes, lakes Kissimmee and Toho!
TrophyCatch is designed to incent anglers to release largemouths eight pounds and heavier so the fish can pass on their good genes, and so another angler has a shot at that lunker. FWC and partners offer many other prizes for registered anglers who report and release their trophy fish.