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:

Newnans Lake has received little attention from anglers lately but recent fish populations surveys suggest that it’s worth a shot to try your luck at landing some chunky bream, black crappie, and largemouth bass that are quietly roaming the lake.  As the water temperature starts to warm during April, black crappies will move back to the open water portions of the lake 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.  Anglers can also start setting their sights on bedding bream during the next few months.  Anglers can target bedding bream during the full moons from April through September around pads, emergent grasses, and bulrush using grass shrimp or minnows floating underneath a cork.  The bulrush clumps along the east shore is also where good numbers of largemouth bass have been surveyed.  Artificial baits that are fished weedless along heavy cover is worth trying.

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist:  352-955-3220.


FWC Facts:
Many species of fish (many groupers, snook, etc.) are hermaphroditic and change sex at some point in their life.

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