Welcome to Lake County | MLF BIG5 Toyota Series – Harris Chain

Major League Fishing BIG5 Toyota Series Logo

We are excited to welcome all anglers, families, and friends to Leesburg and Lake County for the Major League Fishing BIG5 Toyota Series on the Harris Chain of Lakes. We wish you all the best of luck during the tournament and hope you enjoy your time in Central Florida! Below are a few tips to help you plan your trip.

Social Media

Make sure to follow @VisitLakeFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tag your photos with #ShareMyLake and #LakeBIGBass for a chance to be featured.

Tournament Site Plan – Directions, Boat Ramps, Parking, and more

The map below includes a tournament site plan, area boat ramps, and directions to Ski Beach (weigh-in venue) in Leesburg, FL. We ask that you use the ramps offered at Ski Beach as the primary launching point, however, there are multiple boat ramps nearby for you to access Lake Harris prior to launch.

Lake Apopka Fish Tag Challenge

Young lady holding a largemouth bass horizontally with a lake in the background

Up for a challenge? The Friends of Lake Apopka (FOLA) have partnered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to launch the inaugural “Lake Apopka Fish Tag Challenge.” The contest, which runs from January 15, 2021 to May 31, offers anglers the chance to catch a tagged fish in Lake Apopka and return the tag to the FWC for a prize. There is up to a $5,000 reward for the angler that catches the TrophyCatch-sized (+8lb) largemouth bass named “Jim Thomas” (pictured).

Lake Apopka Challenge Rules & Info

TrophyCatch Florida

close up of a young man wearing sunglasses and sitting in a kayak in the middle of a lake. he is holding a largemouth bass horizontally.

Catch a bass over 8-pounds? Make sure to submit it to TrophyCatch Florida for a chance to win prizes and help the FWC better enhance, conserve and promote trophy bass fishing.

TrophyCatch Florida Website

Places to Eat & Drink

Interior, Bru Tap House, Tavares. Three people are sitting at the bar.
Photo by Visit Lake.

There are a lot of great local options for a taste of “Real Florida.” Many local restaurants offer delivery and take-out service as well. Visit LeesburgEats.com for a list of menus from some of Leesburg’s best restaurants. While in town, grab a glass at one of our many local breweries or try award-winning moonshine at Yalaha Bootlegging Co.

More Dining Options

Where to Stay

Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora.
Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora. Photo by @jkovacs796 on Instagram

There is a wide variety of accommodation options for anglers and visitors. Visit Lake has helped secure the below group rates for visiting anglers. Please mention the event name when booking your rooms.

Microtel Inn & Suites Leesburg – $79 + tax per night; call the hotel directly and refer to the event name

Mission Inn Resort & Club – $159 + $8 Resort Fee; call 1-800-874-9053 and request the room block for “MLF BIG5 Toyota Series”

La Bella Inn Tavares – $72 + tax per night; call the hotel directly and refer to the event name

Swiss Vacation Houses – $Call for group rates

Woodspring Suites Clermont – $64.99 + tax; call the hotel directly and refer to the event name

Book a Place to Stay

Things to Do

Our Travel Blog has a lot of great ideas of things to do while you are in town for the event. We have also included a list below of different places you must see and do while visiting Lake County. We hope you enjoy your time in “Real Florida. Real Close.”

For more information on events and things to do in Leesburg visit the Leesburg Partnership website and the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce.

Plan your trip with these must do and see places in Lake County