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): 16

Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1

 

Current Forecast:

Lake Rousseau is still recovering from Hurricane Irma. While there was a fish kill following the hurricane, overall fish populations should be fine and fishing should improve this quarter. Crappie are starting to bite and most pressure is by the dam. Fishing closer to shore around vegetation is your best bet during this time. As the weather warms and the spawn approaches, bass should be feeding more actively. This may also be a good year to target catfish with raw chicken, shad, liver, shrimp, or stink bait fished on the bottom.

 



FWC Facts:
Numerous marine species, like blue crabs, redfish, white shrimp, stingrays, tarpon, are found more than 100 miles upstream in the freshwater portions of the St. Johns River.

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