Butler Chain of Lakes

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Butler Chain Pontoon Fishing Trips

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Family Florida Pontoon Charters


A 4-hour private fishing charter will allow you to get a taste of what Butler Chain of Lakes Bass Fishing is all about in Orlando Florida

Pricing4hr Trip Pricing
1 Angler $274.99
2 Anglers $299.99 - $149.99 pp
3 Anglers $374.99 - $124.99 pp
4 Anglers $449.99 - $112.50 pp
5 Anglers $524.99 - $104.99 pp
6 Anglers $599.99 - $99.99 pp
7 Anglers $674.99 - $96.45 pp
8 Anglers $749.99 - $93.75 pp
*pp - per-person
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Butler Chain of Lakes Pontoon Fishing Trips

This 6-hour private fishing charter will provide you a more in-depth experience of bass fishing on the Butler Chain of lakes for trophy bass

Pricing6hr Trip Pricing
1 Angler $349.99
2 Anglers $374.99 - $187.50 pp
3 Anglers $449.99 - $149.99 pp
4 Anglers $524.99 - $131.25 pp
5 Anglers $599.99 - $119.99 pp
6 Anglers $674.99 - $112.50 pp
7 Anglers $749.99 - $107.15 pp
8 Anglers $824.99 - $102.99 pp
*pp - per-person
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Group Butler Chain of Lakes Pontoon Boat Fishing


Our 8-hour private fishing charter is the ultimate experience when looking to catch a 10lb largemouth bass anywhere in Orlando
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1 Angler $399.99
2 Anglers $424.99 - $212.49 pp
3 Anglers $524.99 - $174.99 pp
4 Anglers $624.99 - $156.25 pp
5 Anglers $724.99 - $144.99 pp
6 Anglers $824.99 - $137.50 pp
7 Anglers $874.99 - $124.99 pp
8 Anglers $924.99 - $115.65 pp
*pp - per-person

About Butler Chain of Lakes Fishing Tour Details

 The Butler Chains of lakes (4,927 acres) are all very similar in that they are relatively deep for Florida lakes (20 – 40-foot holes), have abundant submerge vegetation and good largemouth bass fisheries. This 4,720-acre chain is made up of 11 interconnected lakes. Boat access is available only at a couple of city and county ramps and public bank access is almost non-existent. Orange County charges a launch fee at some local lake ramps and all ramps are not open after dark. Read More


Trip Core Details

    • Region: Orlando Florida
    • Duration: 4, 6, 8, & 12 hrs
    • Cancellation: 8 hrs in adv.
    • Weather-Related: Full refund
    • Instant Online Confirmation
    • Includes All State Taxes

What's Included:

  • All Fishing Equipment
  • Professional Captain
  • Boat & Fuel
  • Cooler & Ice
  • Bottled water
  • Photos

Targeted Species:

Largemouth BassBlack Crappie

What's NOT Included:

  • Florida Freshwater Fishing License for those ages 16+
  • Live bait if desired is also additional and is purchased the morning of the trip. (optional)
  • Food or Specialty beverages


  • Fishing Chairs
  • GPS & Fishfinder
  • Life Jackets
  • Catch and Release Allowed
  • Keep Fish Allowed within Laws

About this Tour:

  • Boat Specs: 20+ ft
  • Boat Capacity: 4 People
  • All Fishing Equipment
  • Boat & Fuel
  • Photos

Fishing Techniques:

  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Livebait
  • Fly Fishing
  • Artificial Lures

Fishing Equipment:

  • Spinning Rods
  • Baitcasting Rods
  • Left & Right Handed
  • Fly Rods (request only)
  • Braid & Mono Line
What is Entailed:
  • Fishing beautiful Central Florida on a boat fully equipped with top quality rods, reels, hooks, and artificial lures. 
  • Exploring top state-ranked Butler Chain of lakes in search of trophy largemouth bass, hard-fighting black crappie (speck) and so much more.
  • Guided fishing tour by a USCG professional fishing captain knowledgeable of North Florida and all of its waters. 
  • Take home a souvenir of your big catch with perfect photos taken by your guide and spread on social media as desired.
Local Operator Information:

Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers for your destination, are included on your Confirmation email. Our Trip Managers select only the most experienced and reliable guides in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Additional Information:
  • Participants are encouraged to bring comfortable shoes, a light-colored shirt, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Butler Chain of Lakes Reviews

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Wow!!! What an experience! My grandson and I had a blast! Can't wait to do it again!
- Lester Stewart

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CAPT Steve Niemoeller was fantastic and put us on the bass right away in the morning. Great guide with good stories. My 13 year old son said the trip was one of the coolest things he has ever done.
- NJguy49
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This 4,720-acre chain is made up of 11 interconnected lakes. The Butler Chain of Lakes was formed as a result of a typical Florida occurrence which is known as “karst topography”. In this occurrence, limestone (found under the majority of Florida soil) is slowly dissolved by water to form sinkholes.  A series of sinkholes formed over time created what is now called the Butler Chain of Lakes (aka. Windermere Chain). There are areas on these lakes that reaches depths of 50 feet and is believed to be the remnants of those old sinkholes which helped form this beautiful chain of lakes.

Many celebrities call the Butler Chain of Lakes their home. Such people include the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Ken Griffey Jr., and Tiger Woods, just to name a few sport stars. It is a nice place to fish where you can catch big numbers of bass with an occasional big fish, though just being on this Chain for the day is worth the trip.

Contour and Aquatics

Submerged vegetation including hydrilla, eelgrass, and coontail are common in pool sections. Every three to four years, water management and FWC conduct a survey. This helps for fish and wildlife enhancement and aquatic plant control. It also creates an incredible bass fishing experience that every outdoor angler should want to explore.

Butler Chain in Florida is an outdoor activity that must be experienced. You will be targeting several areas. Both floating cover including water dollar weed mats and Lilly pads are key areas. Underneath these shaded areas, you will find some unsuspecting prey. Lots of Eelgrass, lily pads, and some hydrilla are several other great options when searching to land fish. This beautiful crystal clear waterway is a truly unique fishery to explore with many natural wonders and abundant wildlife viewing.

Why Hire a Local Expert?

  There are two main reasons why you should fish the Butler Chain of Lakes with a local expert: firstly, safe navigation, and secondly, a local expert provides you with the best opportunity to guaranty you landing a trophy largemouth bass. 

All of our local experts and Orlando fishing guides come with full requirements from the United States Coast Guard. Years of professional experience in this fishery will provide you with an outstanding outdoor experience. Enjoy learning new techniques and methods of catching trophy largemouth bass. 

When exploring the fishery, whether during morning or afternoon, they understand what to do and where to go. When fishing the weekend, you can have a good day or the best day of fishing but it also can be a big zero if you don’t know how to get away from all the boats. So, hop on board with one of our local experts and they would love to show you around. They have years of experience when it comes to navigating this fishery during all conditions.  

If there is one place in Orlando, you should consider and get outdoors the Butler Chain of lakes should be very high on that list. This premier bass fishing destination is known for its incredible catches. When trophy bass hunting, be sure to book multiple days on the water with one of our local experts and they will give you the best chance at landing that fish of your dreams.

Boat access is available only at a couple of locations,  county ramp (Lake Isleworth just south of Windermere), and public bank access is almost non-existent. Orange County charges a launch fee at the Lake Isleworth ramp and the ramp is not open after dark.

The R.D. Keene Park ramp at Lake Isleworth (Butler Chain) costs per day or a year for use of the ramp. Windermere Chain of lakes is known for its excellent largemouth bass fishing. Most successful bass anglers pay attention to the bottom contours of the lakes offshore structure where 4- to 9-pound bass are commonly produced. Live shiners free-lined over grass edges, humps, ledges, and drop‑offs adjacent to spawning flats is one method to consistently catch quality bass in the winter/spring (Try Lake Butler). Jigging spoons fished over deep-water humps can produce 50-fish days when the water gets cold and fish congregate tightly (Try Little Lake Down). Windermere chain also have relatively unknown and unstudied black crappie (speck), bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) populations, but anecdotal angler reports and field observations indicate a fishery exists for all three species.

Fishing Techniques

The best times to fish the Butler Chain of lakes are from June – November. This time of the year offers quality size fish in the 3-8lb range and good numbers of bass caught per day. Weekends, boat traffic can be a problem, so weekdays are always suggest if recreational boating on these lakes.

 This Butler Chain is legendary for the number of bass it produces year after year. It is ranked consistently as one of the top ten best bass fishing lakes in the country. You can enjoy fishing with both artificial lures and live bait. Wild-caught live shiners is ultimately the bait of choice when looking to catch that trophy bass you have been after.  Bass anglers can have success using not only live bait but also deep-diving crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms in deep river channels. Early morning and late evening topwater bites can be good near the flats along the creek channels. Black crappie or speck fisherman can enjoy catching on live minnows or jigs along the edges of the dropoffs. The action is red hot almost all year round. 

Be Local, Stay Local and Enjoy the Locals

Whether your fishing trip is a trip for the family, you’re on a couples get-a-way, single travelers, or a group of friends. Orlando is the perfect destination, no matter where you are staying by iDrive, by the Orange county convention center or the Orlando International Airport it’s all convent to Butler Chain of Lakes. The incredible diversity of our customers ensures an unforgettable trip for everyone.

So it may be a vacation filled with unique experiences at Walt Disney World, Sea World, or Universal Studios for every we are close and quickly available to you. For instance, if thrill-seeking is your style, you won’t be able to get enough of water parks and attractions, but there’s a lot more for you to discover, and our trips can be scheduled in the morning or afternoon and adjusted to your times of need. So, get out and explore it all.

There’s only one wrong way to experience Orlando, that’s not going fishing or boating!

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