Crappie Fishing on Lake Toho

By: Daniel Eggertsen

Florida has long and often been known for having some of the best fishing spots around. If you enjoy crappie, also known as speckled perch to many Floridians, then you will love fishing on Lake Toho. The crappie is actually a type of sunfish and there are different types, with the spotted or speckled and the black and white being some of the most common species, particular in Florida.

Lake Toho, short for Lake Tohopekaliga is an 18,810-acre lake in Osceola County, southeast of the city of Kissimmee. Lake Toho has many fish attractors placed there by the lakes commission which makes it a very popular fishing area. You can even obtain fishing maps with latitude and longitude coordinates showing you some of the best places to fish in Lake Toho as well as where all of the fish attractors are.

Where to Fish in Lake Toho

Where you go to fish in this large lake will depend greatly on what it is you are fishing more. Largemouth bass are often found near the shoreline and in shallow water vegetation areas. Along with the bass, crappie are sometimes found in these areas around grasses, lily pads, eel grass and other vegetation, particularly during their spawning phase.

If you're into angling, the best spot to look for your fish is Goblet's Cove, in the entrance between Paradise and Makinson Islands. Here around the mouth of Shingle Creek are great reports of black crappie, also known as speckled perch, in great abundance. Crappie are school fish so they can be caught in a variety of ways such as casting, trolling, drifting or still-fishing.

Crappie are most abundant for catching in the spring because this is when they spawn. They are located typically around cover and brush areas. They usually come closer to the surface around dawn and on very sunny days, they will drop below where the sun hits the water line. They may be about 5 to 10 feet below, depending on the clarity of the water. As the day is ending and the sun is setting, they will often come closer to the surface again and once it's completely dark, they usually go back to deeper waters. Fishing at dusk is a great time for many to be found nearer the surface of the water.

How to Fish for Crappie in Lake Toho

When you know more about the fish and their habits as well as more about the weather and seasons at Lake Toho, you can set yourself up for the most profitable fishing trips. There is no guaranteed one location in Lake Toho that is going to get you great catches every time but there are many viable options to choose from so if you try one and it seems the fish just aren't biting, you can move on to another and try your luck there.

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