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

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


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): 88

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 14

Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1


Current Forecast:

Cooling temperatures should lengthen the window of daily bass activity. For the best odds of connecting with a trophy bass, try trolling live golden shiners along the channel drop-offs. Shiners can also be free-lined or fished under a float to try to entice bass. With bass gearing up for the spawn as winter approaches, try fishing in closer to the shore and around aquatic vegetation with soft plastic baits. Panfish can be taken near aquatic vegetation as well, especially under mats of floating plants. Try using grass shrimp, crickets, or earthworms. Shellcrackers can be more effectively targeted while fishing earthworms close to or on the bottom. Good numbers of catfish can still be caught by using baits fished on the bottom. Try using cut shad, shrimp, or a live bluegill (caught by legal methods) to entice both channel and white catfish.


FWC Facts:
Groupers are very slow-growing fish, taking anywhere from 4-8 years to reach sexual maturity.

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