Levy and Citrus Counties

Lake RousseauAn impoundment of the Withlacoochee River, as part of the original Cross Florida Barge Canal project, this large lake is full of cypress trees, pennywort islands and sometimes hydrilla. Abundant cover and structure grow plenty of bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish, black crappie and largemouth bass. The deeper river channel is always good to locate and fish underwater bends. The rest of the lake is referred to as the "flats" or the backwaters.

Local contacts:
Big Bass Village 352-447-3474, toll free 1-877-463-4742
Lake Rousseau RV Park/Fishing Resort 352-795-6336, lakerousseaurvpark.com External link
Dunnellon Bait and Tackle 352-465-2755


Popular species:

Popular fish species


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from Lake Rousseau:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 70

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 8


Current Forecast:

A late February largemouth bass survey showed strong numbers of quality sized fish ranging between 2-5 lbs. Spawning activities have begun with males building nests and anxious females holding nearby. Coontail, hydrilla, and eelgrass amounts are ideal for angling over, in, and around. Reports from tournament anglers have been very encouraging with many bass being caught in less than one foot of water. Forage species such as bluegill and redear sunfish numbers appear strong and balanced. Water is clear to the bottom in ten feet or less so consider low light conditions or even night fishing as temperatures warm.

Big Bass are being seen more and more in the north eastern area of the lake closer to the river. Register online with FWC’sTrophyCatch program and enter your trophy bass for a chance to win prizes. Entering fish is as simple as submitting a photo of the fish on a scale to the website above. The photo must show the entire fish and clearly show the weight on the scale.


FWC Facts:
More than 1,000 different species of fish populate Florida's inshore waters.

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