Alachua County

Newnans LakeNewnans 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.

 

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 Newnans Lake:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2

 

Current Forecast:

The water level on Newnans Lake has been up in the trees for over a year. This has provided some great fishing opportunities for lots of different species. After a heavy rain, try getting up into some flowing water and fish the tree line for a good bass bite. There just might be a bunch of bass in there feeding on shad. Also try any of the clumps of pads you see offshore, they usually hold one or two nice sized fish. Black Crappie is expected to produce an excellent bite this fall with high numbers of some good-sized fish over two pounds caught. Anglers fishing for black crappie may want to try the open water during the warmer months where drifting live minnows or artificial jigs are baits of choice. Anglers should be aware of tagged black crappies with 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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