Turkey Lake in Orlando
Five fishing piers (one fixed, four floating) help improve the bank fisherman’s odds. Shoreline fishing is available anytime the park is open or 24 hours/day for those camping. The fixed pier has fish feeders to attract fish as well as lights and a fish cleaning station. The three floating docks in the primitive camping area have two oak-brush fish attractors within casting distance. Three additional oak-brush fish attractors (for boat anglers) and a park shoreline enhanced to maximize fisheries production round off the list of angler amenities.
About the Park and Fishing
Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, this beautifully landscaped and maintained park offers picnicking, hiking along seven miles of nature trails, biking along a three-mile bike path, and several other diversions. The picnic areas are close to the lake with beautiful shaded tables and “picnic pavilions” (additional charge). There are play areas and sandy “beaches” but no lake swimming. Instead, there is a large pool overlooking the lovely lake. A fishing pier lets you test your angling skills against largemouth bass and other species. If you prefer to fish from a boat, you can rent one. Across the park, an “all children’s” playground offers an enormous wood and car-tire wonderland that will provide little one’s hours of exploration and fun. Campgrounds are available for trailers and RVs for rent, including electricity, water, and sewer hookup. Camping requires reservations.
Turkey Lake fishing during stable weather, the bass will be active, most likely along the grass edges or schooling out in the open water. Soft jerk baits, lipless crankbaits, and top-waters will all work well under these stable conditions. The black crappie (speck) can usually be reliable. Trolling or drift jigs or jig/minnow combinations in the south lobe for best success. The crappie schools are relatively concentrated, so do not give up if the first hour or so produces nothing. When trolling, vary the depth and speed until a successful depth is determined. Due to deed restrictions, there is no public boat access on the lake. But the FWC, the City of Orlando, and Bass Pro Shops have teamed together to provide a rental boat loaner program where four Bass Tracker Boats.
Location & Questions
Turkey Lake Park is located at 3401 South Hiawassee Road, Orlando, Florida – Call for rentals and questions 407.246.4486
More great links to information about this lake,
City of Orlando Parks Dept.