East Lake Tohopekaliga
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About East Lake Tohopekaliga Details
East Lake Tohopekaliga, also usually known as `Toho’). Not as popular as its more famous sister lake, West Lake Tohopekalgia or Big Lake Toho. In contrast, they are located almost adjacent to one another and connected by one canal and is considered a chain of lakes in Central Florida.
Like most lakes, each of these two lakes is very different and have their hotspots. West Lake Tohopekaliga is different due to the islands, flowing feeder creeks, and big coves with naturally clear water and tremendous vegetation.
On the other hand, East Lake Tohopekaliga is more apparent because of the house and urban development. East Toho contains much fewer vegetation results than West Lake Toho. Except for its northwest corner, the existing growths are a narrow band of perimeter reeds and Kissimmee grass. In comparison, water levels and color are still the same tannic acid rain color common to most lakes, rivers, and canals in Florida.
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- Boat Specs: 20+ ft
- Boat Capacity: 4 People
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- Light Tackle
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- Fly Fishing
- Artificial Lures
- Spinning Rods
- Baitcasting Rods
- Left & Right Handed
- Fly Rods (request only)
- Braid & Mono Line
How big is East Lake Tohopekaliga?
East Toho in Osceola County is nearly circular in shape and covers approximately 12,000 acres. It is a perfect example of what is often called a `soup bowl’ lake. There are continuously flowing tributaries, which helps the lake level by maintaining the influx of H2O to the upper watershed lakes.
Are the two Lake Tohopekalgia Connected?
Yes, they are! The St. Cloud Canal exits Florida East Lake Tohopekaliga in its southwest corner and connects to West Lake Toho. The canal is navigable for a short distance but has a lock (number S-59), which is not impassible by boat and only used for flood control. You access the C-29 channel on East Toho, through Fells Cove and small Ajay Lake in the northeast corner, to the upper watershed lakes of Hart and Mary Jane.
Navigation is limited but possible, up to lock number S-62 at Lake Hart. Runnymede Lake, a small shallow body, lies just off East Lake Tohopekaliga southeastern rim and feeds into the main Lake by way of a navigable, connecting canal.
Best Time of the Year for Each Lake Toho
The better times for anglers on East Lake Tohopekaliga for fishing largemouth bass are December through March, with live wild shiners being the most popular for targeting big largemouth bass. Artificial lures work best in October and November and again in March through early June.
Most panfish spawning places are near the reeds, but some will be on clean sand in the lily pads. These same locations will hold huge schools of spawning bluegill and shellcrackers in the June-September timeframe, with July and August being the prime months.
Additionally, the northerly cooler winds of the Winter and early Spring affect this section of the Lake. Speckled perch (Crappie) fishing picks up in the late Fall, just after the first cold nights arrive, and improves up to and through the Spring spawn. Spawning usually occurs in late January through March, when most species will be in the reeds and standing grasses.
How Deep is East Lake Toho in Florida
The open water pockets within the Boggy Cove growth will typically have hydrilla and coontail moss under the surface. A spinnerbait and topwater lure are good choices here. In this one section of East Toho, we often find a small chain pickerel concentration, and they all seem to fall in love with white spinnerbaits.
Although they have too many bones to be comfortable eating, the pickerel are game fighters. Their fillets are delicious when rolled in cornmeal and deep-fried. The bass spawning season will find largemouth bass occupying their beds along the Boggy Cove area’s outer reeds and within the open water pockets of the growth.
East Lake Toho Fish Camp & Boat Ramps
There are two major fish camps along this shoreline, just off paralleling Highway 530. Fells Cove occupies the northeast corner of East Lake Toho. The connection between the two bodies is a boat trail running across a vast expanse of reeds, pads, and grasses. Usually, there is too much boat traffic, too narrow to fishing in the path.
The local people refer to this a the Boy Scout Camp, and its significance is a reference point. One-half mile south of the Camp and one-half mile West into the Lake, we find the fish attractor and associated rocks mentioned earlier.
What baits to use?
Spinnerbait fishing and topwater minnow imitations, such as the Bang-O-Lure and Rapala, are top local choices. The reliable plastic worm is the second best and always productive. In hot weather, try flipping the Lake’s thickest cover.
For Crappie fishing, the majority of the year, they will school in the open water and must be caught by drifting small minnows and jigs.
During the hot months, hover the baits at 12 feet (or two feet above the bottom) in the deepest parts of the Lake. Just before and after the spawn, look for them to be 5-7 feet deep more near the shorelines. East Lake Tohopekaliga is the `sleeper’ in Crappie fishing and well worth the day’s activity.
East Lake Tohopekaliga fishing
Florida East Lake Tohopekaliga has a couple of these rock areas found in the single fish attractor’s proximity located in the Lake’s northeast corner. Forget using the fish attractor as an indicator of artificially placed brush tops. The Boggy Cove location provides a boat ramp and a large concentration of reeds, pads, and grasses for the shallow water purist who desires to `fish the cover.’ The lake, not only has largemouth bass fishing, but black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, chain pickerel, channel catfish, and others.
The better lake waters for these panfish will be within the interior of the Boggy Cove cover. East Lake’s northern shoreline can be suitable for bass fishing angling and has the advantage of warming. More rapidly in the early Spring, which means that spawn will usually begin earlier than in other places of the Lake.
With an average depth of 10-14 feet and a maximum of 18 in one remote location, the East Lake Tohopekaliga bottom is predominately clean and hard. A few good shell beds exist, as well as some bottom rock structures. The latter is somewhat difficult to find but is well worth the effort when you do go fishing.
St Cloud canal Entrance
Another place for largemouth bass fishing with small gravel or shell beds lies directly in front of the St. Cloud channel and approximately 300 yards out into the chain of lakes. There is no reasonable way to locate this open pattern consistently, short of a right depth finder unit.
You can use a heavy, one-ounce slip sinker and a Carolina rig worm and `feel’ the bottom until I locate the hard, rough bottom. This particular fishing place has always produced, so it worth the effort to discover each time.
This fishing area of East Lake Tohopekaliga by Fells Cove is often located on hard bottom sites or shell beds in the open portion of the Lake, generally in the Westside’s deeper sections depending on lake levels.
Since the Lake is relatively small, a quick way to locate the largemouth bass has been to troll. For control purposes, we like to use only a short line and a reasonably deep-running plug. A Bagley DB-I will run approximately 10-11 feet deep on 60-70 feet of a 12-pound test line, which is the general depth we want to work for largemouth bass.
Once we locate the largemouth bass school, we drop a reference marker buoy and cast it to the spot. Remember not to place the marker directly on the school location, as you may spook the school or take the chance of tangling a lure in it later. When fishing a largemouth bass school, such as found here, do not return any fish to the water until you are ready to move off the school location. Otherwise, the released bass may return to the school, and his nervousness causes it to spook the others away.
The East Lake Tohopekaliga shoreline on the east side should be approached the same as the others, in that the angler would be wise to the key to the small pockets and protrusions of the reed line and grass. Little Runnymede lies just in the southeast corner of East Lake Tohopekaliga and has a connecting canal.
The reeds and grass on both sides of the canal mouth are fairly productive bass locations. The deeper water drop-off, out in front of the canal mouth, can be even better. Watch for a few surface schooling bass on East Lake Tohopekaliga.
At the very South end of East Lake Tohopekaliga lies a public launch area, boat ramp, beach area, and parking area. It is protected from the winds by a dike which helps with boat ramp launching and often produces a few catches fishing from the shoreline.
East Lake Toho Tips
A tip worth its weight in 10-pound bass is that the plastic worm also has an excellent application in this open water location. Once the surface action has ceased, try tossing a lightly weighted plastic worm into the same area. Typically, the bass is still there and has just settled to the bottom in wait for the next baitfish school to happen.
Moving up the West shoreline, there is a little deviation of any significance. All we note are the standard East Lake reed band and minor grasses along the shore. However, experience has shown that any indentation or protrusion of the reed-line, no matter how slight, has the potential to produce a bite. Be particularly attuned to the clumps of reeds out towards the open water, as bass like to set up ambush points at these type of locations.
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