Newnans Lake (Alachua County)

Scenic photo of Newnans Lake

Alachua County

Newnans Lake (5,800 acres), designated as a Fish Management Area, is located about two miles east of Gainesville on Highway 20. The lake is surrounded by cypress trees that provide good angling when water levels are high. Sparse areas of emergent grasses, bulrush, and spatterdock (water lilies) are found around the shoreline of Newnans Lake. The most consistent fisheries on Newnans Lake are catfish and bream, and these can be caught year-round in deeper areas of the lake and the lake shoreline, respectively. For a map of local lake features click here.

For updated information please call:

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist, 352-955-3220, for tag information.

Gary's Tackle Box, 352-372-1791 for fishing information.

Current Forecast:

Anglers targeting panfish should have success in Newnans Lake during the next several months.  Bluegill and redear sunfish will be bedding around the vegetation in the east shoreline from Powers boat ramp to Hatchet Creek, while black crappie will return to open water as the water temperature increases.  Minnows or grass shrimp are popular baits for all panfish species and both locations.  Anglers should also be aware of tagged crappies in Newnans Lake for rewards.  If you catch a tagged crappie, call the number below to receive information on how to claim your reward:

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist:  352-415-6964

 



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The sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) is Florida's official saltwater fish.

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