Guests with little or no fishing experience can enjoy the thrill of guided BASS fishing excursions on the waterway systems at Walt Disney World Resort, including World Showcase Lagoon, Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. Two-hour catch-and-release tours led by experienced fishing guides are offered daily on an advance-reservation basis. Pontoon boats are fully equipped for excursions with rods, reels, fishing gear and beverages. A party of up to five people can participate in tours and no fishing license is required. Typical tour hours can be arranged for early morning, mid-morning or early afternoon. Guests can make reservations up to 90 days in advance at 407/WDW-BASS (939-2277).
During construction of the Magic Kingdom theme park in the late 1960s, more than 70,000 bass fingerlings were released into Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. Organized fishing tours didn’t start at Walt Disney World Resort until 1977, leaving bass to grow and breed undisturbed for years. The heaviest largemouth bass caught and recorded at the Vacation Kingdom was 14 pounds,
6 ounces. Guests routinely catch bass weighing from 2 to 8 pounds — and guides relate tales of catches in the 12-pound range. Most trips catch five to 10 fish, depending upon time of day, number of people on board … and luck.
BASS fishing excursions are part of the menu of options available in the Magic Your Way Premium Package. Guided fishing excursions can be booked at 407/WDW-BASS.
BASS is the worldwide authority on bass fishing, sanctioning more than 20,000 events through the BASS Federation annually. Guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans, BASS sets the standard for credibility, professionalism, sportsmanship and conservation, as it has for nearly 40 years.
Darrell Fry, Walt Disney World Public Relations – 407/566-6397
George McNeilly, ESPN Outdoors/BASS – 334/546-6734