4 Family-Friendly Places to Fish in Orlando

By Alycia Downs

May 09, 2018

Orlando is home to some of the best bass fishing in the world. From urban lakes to Walt Disney World® Resort, here are 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 Downs
Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs is a freelance content creator and avid sportsman who contributes to numerous publications promoting tourism, fishing, and outdoors. Alycia is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and is actively involved with conservation and fishing non-profit organizations. Visit her personal blog at tideandtale.com or on Instagram @tideandtale.