The Reel Deal: Hydrilla meeting Tuesday in Kissimmee

The David Hadders family enjoyed casting a line at the Kissimmee lakefront last week. Photo/Cindy Joint

The David Hadders family enjoyed casting a line at the Kissimmee lakefront last week. Photo/Cindy Joint

Any boater or fisherman knows that Lake Toho here in Kissimmee has a hydrilla problem.

Hydrilla is an aquatic weed that was introduced to Florida in the early 1950’s and occupies more than 140,000 acres of public lakes and rivers. Once used as an aquarium plant, hydrilla has become a weed of economic importance.

It can grow an inch or more per day and can be found in the shallowest to the deepest parts of Florida’s lakes and rivers.

If the hydrilla on Lake Toho is not managed it can block waterways and limit boat traffic,recreation, flood control and wildlife use. Oxygen levels in the lake will decrease and aquatic life will be reduced.

Hydrilla canopies produce ideal breeding environments for mosquitoes as well.

Hydrilla has an aggressive growth rate, so it is important to clean all boats, trailers and live wells after leaving a body of water to prevent waterway to waterway transplanting.

You can see evidence of hydrilla at our lake front just by passing by the sea wall.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will be holding a public meeting to address the hydrilla issue Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Osceola Board Of County Commission Chambers. I encourage all those that utilize our lake to attend this informative meeting.

The Aug. 31 Wednesday night tournament at Lake Toho attracted a whopping seven boats, probably because of the monsoon that hit just before launch!

The big winners that night were Terry Seagraves and Paul Hole with a three fish limit of 6.25 pounds. Dustin Fairystick took home the big fish jackpot with his 3.85-pound catch.

Remember, I am taking nominations for my Local Angler Spotlight section. If you would like to nominate an angler to be featured please feel free to contact me at

Big Toho Marina at the Kissimmee Lakefront boat ramp will be closed from today through Sept. 18. If you are planning any fishing excursions and want to pick up some live bait during that time, you will need to stop elsewhere before you arrive. Have a great weekend and as always, tight lines my friends.