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 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.
TrophyCatch 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 Newnans Lake:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2
Water levels are once again plummeting on Newnans Lake due to dry conditions during the fall months. Anglers that were relying on a steady speckled perch, bream, and even largemouth bass bite have reluctantly sought other waters to tighten their lines. For those that don’t mind fishing in muddy and shallow waters, the north end of the lake in the lily pads has been a popular area for black crappie and bream. Palm Point has been a hot spot as well. Anglers should target crappies with grass shrimp or minnows near shore as the water temperature declines. 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.