4 Family-Friendly Places to Fish in Orlando

In the heart of the Sunshine State lies Orlando, the city of magic and a place that stirs thoughts of Disney World, Mickey Mouse and shopping malls. But did you know it’s also home to some of the best bass fishing in the world? There are countless places to fish in Orlando and Disney World is one of them! Here’s a list of 4 family-friendly fishing spots in Orlando that you’ll want to check out on your next trip.

1. Walt Disney World® Resort


Yes, you can really catch fish at Disney. Take the family for a guided excursion or dockside fishing on well-stocked waterways at the resort. Experience premier bass fishing with a knowledgeable guide while making memories to last a lifetime. 

2. The "Fab Five" Lakes


You might be surprised by world-class bass fishing within view of downtown Orlando and concrete backdrops. The City of Orlando manages five lakes specifically for quality size fish and easy public access, making for some of the best fishing in Orlando. Collectively, the lakes are called the “Fab Five” and include Ivanhoe, Turkey, Starke, Clear and Underhill Lakes. These lakes are stocked and most allow boat access. If searching for convenient places to fish in Orlando, look no further.

3. Urban Ponds 


There are over 60,000 acres of freshwater lakes and ponds in Orlando’s urban regions. Urban ponds are smaller water bodies that are ideal for beginner anglers and would make for a perfect first-time fishing experience with the kids. These ponds are stocked and managed which makes them popular, high-action fishing spots in Orlando. Locations of the urban ponds include Barnett Park Frog Pond, Bear Creek Park, Lake Island Park and Lake Santiago.

4. Large Lakes


Are you a more advanced angler looking to fish a large lake? There are numerous large body lakes in Orlando that are best-suited for boat fishing. There is little to no shore fishing available as these lakes are lined with houses. Popular lakes include the Butler Chain of Lakes, the Conway Chain of Lakes, Johns Lake, the Winter Park Chain, Lake Tohopekaliga and Lake Kissimmee. Visitors might consider booking an experienced fishing guide for the best big lake experience. 

Take care to get your fishing license and look into local regulations before you hit the water. Also, check out our interactive map for more places to fish in Orlando.


Alycia Page

Alycia Page

Alycia Page is a writer, avid sportsman, and Southwest Florida native where her roots were planted four generations ago. Alycia works as a contributing blogger to numerous organizations promoting tourism, conservation, fishing and outdoor involvement. When not casting lines along the Gulf Coast, she can be found hunting, camping or chasing new adventures. For more outdoor inspiration, visit her personal blog at tideandtale.com or on Instagram @tideandtale.