By Jacob Engels
Bassmaster Magazine just released their annual ranking of the country’s ‘100 Best Bass Lakes’, and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes wedged it’s way into the top 25, placing 22nd.
A short Q&A with Bassmaster Magazine Editor James Hall is below —
How do you calculate your annual ranking?
*Evaluated catch-rate and shock data from state DNR or wildlife agency
*Surveyed B.A.S.S. Nation (grassroots tournaments across the country) presidents on tournament results
*Surveyed B.A.S.S. Nation conservation directors on fishery health, angler access and water quality
*Surveyed 3500 bass anglers across the country on non-tournament waters
*A panel of blue-ribbon bass fishing industry insiders (outdoor writers, pro anglers, marketing directors for fishing companies, etc.) review the data and develop final rankings
Where does the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes stand in last years ranking?
It ranked 21st last year. A lot of lakes fell of the list, new lakes appeared, several lakes rose significantly and some dropped big time. Kissimmee Chain was one of the few that held its ground, lending to its reliability for bass anglers
What is the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes defining factor….it’s trademark if you will?
The chain, Toho especially, is known for its giant largemouth. One of the reasons it ranks so highly is because an angler can go out on any day of the year and catch the biggest bass of his/her life.
Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post. Along with the Post, he owns several other businesses and is currently enrolled at Valencia College. Jacob has lived in Avalon Park since it’s founding and enjoys playing with his black Labradoodle Jasper, listening to indie rock, and seeking out new business ventures. He can be reached at email@example.com