Florida Fishing Regulations Cent. N.E. Bass Zone






Florida fishing regulations for south and east of the Suwannee River, black bass less than 14 inches in total length must be released immediately.


The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes is the heart of the Florida Fishing Regulations-Cent. N.E. Bass Zone. Lakes included in the chain are:

  • East Toho (East Lake Tohopekaliga)
  • West Toho (West Lake Tohopekaliga)
  • Cypress Lake
  • Lake Hatchineha
  • Lake Kissimmee
  • Tiger Lake
  • Lake Rosalie
  • Lake Weohyakapka (Walk-in-Water)
When talking about the Kissimmee Chain, you don’t hear many people include the last three lakes on the list. Tiger Lake is the easiest to get to by running down Tiger Creek. Lake Rosalie is attached to Tiger Lake by Rosalie Creek but not passable with a bass boat. Lake Rosalie is actually connected to Lake Kissimmee, not only through Lake Tiger by Rosalie Creek, but also a canal that passes through Lake Kissimmee State Park. Lake Rosalie also connects to Lake Weohyakapka (Walk-in-Water) by way of Weohyakapka Creek also not navigable with a bass boat. I’ve never tried it myself, but I’m told you can travel between these lakes by canoe if you’re willing to get your feet wet by portaging through a couple of real shallow spots. Statewide Florida fishing regulations apply to all the lakes except one; Lake Weohyakapka (Walk-in-Water). See the slot and size restrictions listed below.

Central-Northeastern Bass Zone

East Lake Tohopekaliga (East Toho); Osceola County-a 12,000 acre lake located in the central part of the state, 4 miles east of Kissimmee, FL.

West Lake Tohopekaliga (West Toho); Osceola and Polk counties-a 18,800 acre lake located in the central part of the state, on the southern edge of Kissimmee, FL.

Cypress Lake; Osceola and Polk counties-a 5,500 acre lake located in the central part of the state, the third lake in the chain below W. Toho. You must lock through from W. Toho to Cypress Lake.

Lake Hatchineha; Osceola and Polk counties-a 6,600 acre lake located in the central part of the state, 15 miles south of Kissimmee, FL.

Lake Kissimmee; Osceola and Polk counties-a 34,900 acre lake located in the central part of the state, 25 miles south of Kissimmee, FL.

Tiger Lake; Polk County-a 2,200 acre lake located in the central part of the state, 10 miles east of Lake Wales, FL.

Lake Rosalie; Polk County-a 4.597 acre lake located in the central part of the state, 8 miles east of Lake Wales, FL.

Lake Weohyakapka (Walk-in-Water); Polk County-a 7,500 acre lake located in the central part of the state, 20 miles south-east of Winter Haven, FL.

  • Black bass between 15 and 24 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Black bass daily bag limit is 3
  • only one of which may be 24 inches in total length or longer

Look at the map of Lake Kissimmee, FL and then enlarge the lake in the lower left corner to see a good contour map of Lake Walk-in-Water.

In addition to the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes these are some of the more popular lakes in the Central-Northeastern Bass Zone. The statewide bass limit and size rules apply except where noted. On a few of the lakes you’ll see details of the restrictions the Florida fishing regulations have put on bass for that specific lake. This is not a complete list of all the lakes, by no means.

Lake Istokpoga; Highlands County-a 27,700-acre lake located in the central-southern part of the state, 5 miles east of Lake Placid, FL.

  • Black bass between 15 inches or more in total length and less than 24 inches must be released immediately.
  • Black bass daily bag limit: 3
  • Only 1 black bass may be 24 inches or greater in total length.

Lake Griffin; Lake County-a 16,500 acre lake located in the central part of the state, immediately north of Leesburg, FL.

Lake Harris; Lake County-a 13,800 acre lake located in the central part of the state, immediately south of Leesburg, FL.

Lake Apopka; Lake County-a 30,700 acre lake located in the central part of the state, at Winter Garden, FL - 10 miles west of Orlando.

Lake Eustis; Lake County-a 7,800 acre lake located in central Florida, 5 miles east of Leesburg.

Crooked Lake; Polk County-a 5,500 acre lake located in the central part of the state, 15 miles south-east of Winter Haven, FL.

Lake Lochloosa, including Tadpole and Lochloosa creeks; Alachua and Marion counties-a 5,700 acre lake located in the north-east part of the state, 5 miles south of Hawthorne, FL.

Florida fishing regulations for Lake Lochloosa, including Tadpole and Lochloosa creeks.

  • Black bass 15 inches or more total length and less than 24 inches must be released immediately.
  • Black bass daily bag limit: 3

Orange Lake, including Orange Lake proper and waters south and east of CR 346 and west of U.S. Highway 301 and Cross Creek; Alachua and Marion counties-a 12,700 acre lake located in the north-east part of the state, 10 miles south of Hawthorne, FL.

Florida fishing regulations for Lake Orange Lake, including Orange Lake proper and waters south and east of CR 346 and west of U.S. Highway 301 and Cross Creek

  • Black bass 15 inches or more total length and less than 24 inches must be released immediately.
  • Black bass daily bag limit: 3

Lake George; Putnam and Flagler Counties-a 46,000 acre lake located in the central part of the state, 8 miles west of Crescent City, FL.

The St. John's River-a 60-mile long river that runs north and south in the north-east corner of the state, between Jacksonville and Palatka, FL.

Fish Management Area-Tenoroc; Polk County

Mosaic (formerly Cargill Fort Meade Mine); Polk and Hardee Counties

The lakes not showing any rules on bass would fall under the statewide Florida fishing regulations of 5 fish over 15 inches in length while 1 of the 5 may be over 22 inches in length.

It’s important that you check out the information for the lake you chose to fish to see if there may be any restrictions or specific rules that may apply. This is a list of the more popular lakes that number in the thousands throughout the state of Florida. What I’ve tried to do is give information on some of the more recognized, larger and more popular lakes in the Northeastern Central Bass Zone. As mentioned above, the Lake Kissimmee Chain is the most recognized of the lakes in this region. If your looking for the Florida fishing regulations on certain lakes you may have heard or read about and are seeking more information, try the chamber of commerce for the county or nearby town. For example if you’re looking for information on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes you might try the town of Kissimmee, FL. or Lake Wales FL. Chamber of Commerce.





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