Lake Hatchineha

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All About Lake Hatchineha, Florida

Lake Hatchineha is a part of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes that offers beautiful scenery and is a top-class bass fishing location. This beautiful Central Florida lake is the smallest and least known of the Chain, which makes it a favorite fishing location among locals for its lack of crowds.

Its also the perfect destination for a fishing expedition for visitors to experience the area’s native cypress trees and vast Florida wildlife, including a wide array of hawks, eagles, alligators, and aquatic birds, while catching Florida bass.

In case you would like to make a weekend trip, there are RV campsites and log cabin rentals in the Polk County area. You will also be able to avail airboat rides and nature tours. This place has beautiful homes equipped with a trophy property and trophy ranch. Still, Lake Hatchineha is best known for its excellent bass fishing, among other water and scenic activities.

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Florida Fishing at Lake Hatchineha

The fishing in Lake Hatchineha is better than ever, state fishery biologists found more and bigger fish this past Spring, reporting six times the number of bass and triple the number of keepers compared to previous years. Here are a few things to know before you go fishing here.

About Lake Hatchineha

This is the smallest lake in the Florida Kissimmee Chain of lakes at 6665-acres. Its located just a few miles from I-4 and connects by canal to Cypress Lake to the north and to Lake Kissimmee to the south on the map. This is one of the shallowest lakes along the Kissimmee River, averaging depths of 3 feet. The deepest water on this lake is just 8 feet deep. With its cypress-lined shores, Lake Hatchineha is one of the prettiest with top water quality in the Florida Waterway. It is an excellent largemouth bass fishery with fairly light pressure on the fish.

Fishing techniques

Florida is known as the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World” and Lake Hatchineha is not going to disappoint with its healthy habitats holding an abundance of shellcracker, bluegill, and largemouth bass. Look for the structures that are known to hold fish.

Bass fishing tips

It’s an excellent largemouth bass fishery with fairly light pressure on the fish. The spawning season for Florida bass is November through April. This lake is host to excellent water quality and plenty of vegetation, such as eelgrass, arrowhead grass, lily pads, and more, making it the ideal home to a school of fish year-round. But fishing for bass tends to be best during the winter when the water cools, and early in the morning, evenings, and even at night during the summer.

Hatchineha Resorts and RV Parks

The area around the lake is ideal for recreational and hospitality businesses. So, you will find many resorts and RV parks. So, you can make a weekend trip out of this. Lake Hatchineha is a fisherman’s paradise. Most campgrounds, such as the Port Hatchineha Campground, has direct boat ramp access to the lake. You will have convenient opportunities for fishing, boating, and sometimes swimming. This is the best way to fully experience the beauty of nature this lake has to offer.

Lake Hatchineha Fishing Guides

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Fishing with a guide – Everything bass fishing on the lake

This lake has good water quality and can be fished all over, but it often helps to fish with an expert who knows the spots that hold fish. Navigating a new body of water can be difficult and fish are always moving around depending on conditions and time of year. Local experts will provide the best opportunity to experience a productive day on the water and possibly land your personal best trophy bass.

Area things to Do

This area is considered Old Florida too many, with its southern, peaceful vibe. But along with the relaxation, there is plenty to do and see in the area, between the water sports, fishing, hunting, natural habitats for wildlife, and is only 40 minutes from Disney World.

Here are a few things you can do during your visit to Lake Hatchineha, Florida.


Fishing in the lake is one of the most exciting things that you can do. Lake Hatchineha is perfect for bass fishing. It is one of the ways to calm down after a hectic day or a great way to begin a perfect day. One of the best ways to get the full experience of this beautiful and productive lake is to hire a guide for the day to hunt Florida bass or even just a half-day trip before or after your other activities. Anyone will be able to fish on the lake. Whether you are an expert or a newbie you can fish perch or largemouth bass, just don’t forget to carry your fishing license.


You will love going out on your pontoon boat. This is one of the best investments you will make when you are in Lake Hatchineha. Whether you use it to tube, fish, or simply for a pleasant ride around the lake, a pontoon will make your experience at the lake much better.


While you are on the boat, you can go tubing. This is going to be an exhilarating experience for you. It is something that you will only understand when you try it for yourself. All that you have to do is hold on for your life as it is going to be a bumpy ride.

Meals by the Water

You should have at least one meal next to the lake. It will take your dining experience to a whole new level. So, grab a glass of wine and enjoy your meal in complete tranquility by the water. One of the favorites of lakefront dining is The Port Steak & Seafood,

Enjoy the Sunset

Watching sunsets or sunrises by the lake does not ever get old. The views here are unbelievable. You can take pictures of them every day and not get tired of them. So, sit on a chair and enjoy what Mother Nature has in store for you.

Hiking Trails

The nearby Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park offers six miles of hiking trails. Bird watchers will be awed with sightings of Florida Scrub-jays and sandhill cranes on the prairies.

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Lake Hatchineha Boat Ramp

This Florida lake can be accessed through at least two areas: Port Hatchineha and Lake Wales. The main access points to Lake Hatchineha are at Port Hatchineha Campground and Boat Ramp and Lake Hamilton Public Boat Ramp at Sample Park.

Boat Ramp Etiquette

If you have ever spent some time at the boat ramp, you will know it is a frustrating aspect of going fishing, particularly if it is a busy weekend. This is primarily due to boat ramp mistakes. Many people don’t know the proper etiquette, but we’re here to keep you from being that guy.

Some Lake Hatchineha boat ramp mistakes to avoid:

  • Do Not Block the Launching Lane: This is one of the top mistakes you can make at the Lake Hatchineha boat ramp. Several boaters park the boat in front of the ramp to prepare it for the day. They also take the boat out of the water and then park it in the ramp area when they pack up the gear into the car. However, blocking the ramp can prevent boaters from launching their ride and it can cause frustration.
  • Be Ready with a Boating Gear Before Launching: It is a mistake tied to the previous one. You have to make sure that your fishing gears are ready before you start with the launching process. The ideal way to be ready prior to launching the boat is to create a space in the parking area.
  • Avoid Blocking the Ramp with the Boat: When you have launched the boat, you park at the dock in such a manner that the boat doesn’t block others from using the boat ramp.


This location is fun for the whole family, it has a lot of options to offer everybody who loves nature. If you love to fish especially, Lake Hatchineha is a spot anglers of all ages have to experience. Get the most of your visit with a fishing guide to put you on fish while providing unforgettable information that’ll make you a better angler for future expeditions.

Lake Hatchineha Reviews

The secret out

Lake Hatchineha
Hate to write anything about this lake, to let the secret out. Only a couple of boat ramps and very few boats on the water, so no fishing pressure! Easy and free parking, friendly area and people.
- Philip & George

Best fishing

Lake Hatchineha
We recently moved to Polk County and have been looking for a good place to go fishing. Well, we have found it. The lake is big, with little fishing pressure, amazing wildlife!
- Dan & Debbie
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