Fall Fishing at Turkey Lake, Florida
If you’re vacationing in sunny Florida this fall, don’t forget to take your fishing pole. Florida is an angler’s paradise any time of year, offering some of the best saltwater and freshwater fishing in the world. And if you’re in Orlando, one of the nicest fishing holes you can visit is Turkey Lake.
Turkey Lake is 339 acres of fish-filled freshwater just a few minutes away from Universal Studios. The lake is surrounded by Bill Frederick Park, 178 acres of rolling parkland that offers fun amenities for the entire family, including hiking, biking and nature trails, a swimming pool, a children’s farm, a playground, picnicking areas, campgrounds and, of course, boating and fishing on Turkey Lake.
Although Turkey Lake has relatively healthy populations of bluegill, sunfish, catfish and several other species of fish, it’s primarily notable for black crappie and largemouth bass.
The largemouth bass in Turkey Lake come in all sizes, ranging from small fry to ten pounders. Most, however, are on the large side, measuring anywhere from 12 to 16 inches. The black crappie can be relatively large, too, and anglers often report catches between 12 and 16 inches long.
Visitors may bring their own boats or rent locally. In fact, fishing boats are available for rent at Bill Frederick Park; however, to keep water quality at its best, fishing by boat is limited to four boats at a time four days a week.
Shoreline fishing, of course, is allowed any time the park is open, and those who stay at the Bill Frederick Park Campground may fish any time they please. The lake has five fishing piers, one with lights for night fishing. There’s also a fish cleaning station.
The best times to fish at Turkey Lake are right now—from October into early April.