Disney Fishing by Kim Lawton

Summer is just around the corner, I think! For many this has been a long, long winter, cold wet and dreary. I hate to even mention the snow! But with the warm temperatures and sunny days, many in my family have begun to think about one of their favorite pass times, fishing. I thought it would be a good time to recall an old article about Fishing at Walt Disney World, updating where needed.

Yes, there are fish in the lakes in and around Walt Disney World. My family has taken fishing excursions in World Showcase Lagoon and Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. We have even fished at the Fishin’ Hole on Ol’ Man Island at Port Orleans Riverside. We have very fond memories of these trips and to this day it is an adventure my sons always want to add to our trips. We have even taken my new daughters-in-law!

As with most things at Walt Disney World there are many options in various price ranges. The least expensive of these experiences is from the bank using old fashioned cane poles. Dockside fishing is available without advance reservations. Find a magical spot, cast out your line and enjoy some old fashioned cane pole fishing at Port Orleans Riverside or reach for some casting-rod gear at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

If you are more adventurous, you can take a guided fishing excursion year-round on a pontoon boat on several of the Walt Disney World waterways. These include Bay Lake, the Seven Seas Lagoon, Village Lake, Crescent Lake and/or World Showcase Lagoon. These excursions are for 5 Guests and last 2 to 4 hours. The fee includes an experienced guide, fishing gear and live bait, beverages and a one year membership to BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society) including 11 issues of Bassmaster Magazine. There is even a tournament-style excursion aboard a Nitro Bass boat for two people!

Even if you don’t fish, the trip is really fun and enjoyable. We have learned new fishing skills over the years, like how to use an open-faced rod and reel. We have fished with shiners and artificial bait. We have found the Guides to be very knowledgeable and helpful. They are quick to figure out how much help each person needs to have a great time. They even have a Princess Fish Holder for the Princess who is leery of fins! An added bonus is the opportunity to view World Show Case from the Lake!!! It might be early but you could hear some of the music from the different countries and the lighting was great for pictures. I recommend these fishing excursions for all levels of experience. You might even find a new hobby, what a different souvenir to take home, a hobby!

All fishing excursions at Walt Disney World are catch and release. Prices, availability and reservations can be made in advance by phone or on-line. And once you arrive, you can even check at one of the marinas for availability. Consider adding this recreational activity to your next vacation for some added Magic!!!

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