Lake Tohopekaliga (Toho) and the Kissimmee Chain

     West Lake Tohopekaliga or Toho has long been known as one of Florida's trophy Largemouth Bass fisheries.  But it was in January of 2001 that Toho was actually put on the Map.  This was during the B.A.S.S. Top 150 tournament held at Big Toho Dean Rojas' Record one day catch of 45 pounds, 2 ounces.Marina that Dean Rojas broke the trail's all-time, one day, with a five fish limit of 45 pounds 2 ounces.  And, he broke the four day catch record with 20 Bass weighing 108 pounds 12 ounces.  After the tournament Rojas commented that, "I can't believe it.  I could have never dreamed that I would catch 108 pounds in a tournament.  You can talk about California having all the big fish, but they don't have anything to compare to this.  You guys have the big ones here."  His record included fish weighing 10.13, 10.0, 9.0, 8.2 and 7.3 pounds.

     West Lake Toho is probably the most popular lake of the Kissimmee Chain.  It's a relatively shallow 18,800 acre lake that is covered with various types of aquatic vegetation.  The most abundant being the massive Hydrilla beds the can be found growing to the surface in up to 12 feet of water.  Toho is a North/South lake that is approximately 9 miles long and only a couple miles wide.  Medium to Large Wild Shiners are the best producers for trophy fish.  However, many lunkers are taken on Carolina rigs, Rat'l Traps, crank baits, soft plastic jerk baits, and suspending hard plastic jerk baits. 

The rest of the Kissimmee Chain consists of, from north to south, Lake Cypress (5,500 acres), Hatchineha (14,500 acres), and Kissimmee (44,000 acres), and are also known for great Florida Bass fishing.