Lake Toho Pro-am

You only need to catch one big bass to win money in Kissimmee-St. Cloud's Big Fish Open.

Part of the second-annual Anglers Challenge, the Big Fish Open started Monday and runs through Dec. 16. During that time, adult anglers can win cash and juniors can win savings bonds for catching the biggest bass and speckled perch (crappie) each week.

To enter, you have to buy a Big Fish Open pass at a participating Osceola County fish camp or tackle shop. An all-tournament pass is $50. A seven-day pass is $15. Junior passes (for ages 17 and under) cost $15 and $5, respectively.

All fishing must be done on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, which includes Lake Toho and Lake Kissimmee. Fish must be weighed at a participating fish camp. Adults win $1,000 for the biggest bass and crappie each week, and juniors win $100 savings bonds.

The adults who catch the biggest bass and crappie overall for the eight-week period each win $10,000. The top juniors win $1,000 savings bonds.

The second-annual Lake Toho Pro-Am is Nov. 8-10. Several B.A.S.S. touring pros will compete, along with country music star Bryan White. Pro entry fee is $1,000, and amateur entry is $300. First place pays $35,000 and $10,000, respectively.

You can also win a $42,000 Ranger bass boat by going to and clicking on Anglers Challenge. Call 1-800-333-KISS for information.