Suwannee County

Suwannee LakeThis 63-acre man-made, state-owned impoundment is filled with cypress trees and largemouth bass. It is a Fish Management Area and a license is required. Two fishing piers, one fully handicapped accessible, and several earthen fishing fingers provide boatless angling opportunities. The lake is shallow around the edge with good vegetative cover and several old sink-holes out in the trees providing deep cover. Perennial tactics, depending on the season, include pitching jigs and spinners up into "no-man's land"--the brush around the edge, shiner fishing in winter and very early spring, cranking shiner imitators between the trees, and fishing topwater lures and dark plastic worms anywhere. Good fishing for bluegill and redear sunfish occurs during spring and summer.

Note: A special harvest regulation is in place on Suwannee Lake; the minimum size limit of 10 inches for crappie allows more fish to grow to desirable sizes.

Local contacts: Greens Marine, Lake City 386-755-5390; Rooster's Outfitters 386-234-0851


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Current Forecast:

Recent population estimate surveys have revealed an abundance of healthy sized largemouth bass. The largemouth bass population is estimated to be nearly 4000, which is double what is was before the restoration project. Nine trophy bass were sampled (and returned to the lake) during these surveys, including two 10 pounders! The fish are growing at tremendous rates after being stocked in the spring of 2015 and 2016. Bass are well distributed across the lake. In the south end of the lake, bass anglers should focus their efforts near the shore; focus on areas near dense vegetation, around and under snags or other submersed structures. If you aren’t having much luck there, try fishing around the pads out towards the lake’s center. The bass move a lot here and where they are one day may not be where they are the next. In the north end, target bass within the cypress trees. Again, if that isn’t working try moving towards the shore and fishing along vegetation and downed trees. Typical baits should work well here; soft plastics, rattle traps, or live baits such as shiners. Try Texas-rigged baits to reduce hang-ups while fishing around submersed structure.

The panfish are still a bit small in size but are abundant in number. If bream aren’t biting close to shore try moving out to the fish attractors. Grass shrimp would be an ideal bait of choice to catch panfish here. Several thousand Channel Catfish Fry were stocked into the lake last year. These can be targeted on the bottom within standing timber. Use chicken livers in homemade “spawn sacs”, tied shut nylon stocking bags, which hold bait better and remain on the hook longer.

FWC Facts:
The Derelict Trap and Trap Debris Removal Program enables volunteer groups to collect derelict traps and trap debris during open or closed seasons.

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