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.


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Current Forecast:

Newnans Lake has received little attention from Largemouth Bass anglers in the last few years, but recent surveys suggest that it’s worth a shot to try your luck at landing some chunky bass that are quietly going undetected. Areas with sparse to moderate clumps of lily pads at the north end of the lake and the submersed willow snags near Prairie Creek are areas where good numbers of Largemouth Bass have been surveyed.  Artificial baits that are fished weedless along heavy cover are worth a try. Anglers targeting panfish should also 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 with the rising water temperatures.  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.


FWC Facts:
Like a message in a bottle, “Please Release” on an external tag tells anglers that researchers are tracking a fish implanted with an acoustic tag.

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