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 regulations is in place on Suwannee Lake. 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 386-397-2724


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Current Forecast:

There are several fishing points, as well as two fishing piers for shoreline fishermen. There is a concrete boat ramp for boaters. The fish are doing well and are numerous. There is a sign showing how the fish attractors are distributed with GPS coordinates for each. Bass are well disbursed across the lake and can be caught using live shiners, top water lures, and rattle traps. Traditional seasonal bass lures should work all quarter, with topwater lures fished in the mornings and at dusk. Try Texas-rigged baits to reduce hang-ups while fishing around submersed structure. The bream are still biting and can be caught close to shore using live bait or bright colored small spinners. 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. Water clarity influenced by free-floating algae will likely diminish as the summer continues.

FWC Facts:
Smalltooth sawfish have been reliably measured at 18 feet, but they may grow to over 20 feet long.

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