Levy and Citrus Counties:
An impoundment of the Withlacoochee River, as part of the original Cross Florida Barge Canal project, this large lake is full of cypress trees, hyacinth and 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.
Big Bass Village 352-447-3474, toll free 1-877-463-4742
Lake Rousseau RV Park/Fishing Resort 352-795-6336, lakerousseaurvpark.com
Dunnellon Bait and Tackle 352-465-2755
During this transition time between seasons, largemouth bass are moving to deeper waters. Early morning hours might provide some shallow water fishing opportunities with top water plugs or frog imitations. Concentrate the rest of your day fishing the deeper water closer to the channels that holds associated woody structure. Spinner and rattling baits fished close to cover of any type (submerged timber or hydrilla edge) should be consistent means for small to medium sized bass. Pitching heavily weighted soft crayfish like baits in dense submerged cover is a better bet for bigger fish. The use of live baits to target big bass picks up this time of year, these methods generally produce results.