Citrus County

Tsala Apopka ChainLake Tsala Apopka is 19,111 acres of shallow, heavily vegetated marshes intermingled with open water pools. Water control structures separate the lake into three main pools named after nearby towns: Floral City, Inverness and Hernando.

Public boat ramps are available 1/4 mile east of the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and S.R. 200 (Hernando Pool); 1-1/4 mile east of City of Inverness on S.R. 470 (Inverness Pool); and on Duval Island Road off C.R. 48, one mile east of U.S. Highway 41 (Floral City Pool).

Local Contacts:  River Land Bait and Tackle (352-465-2755) for more up-to-date information.


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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 the Tsala Apopka Chain:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 36

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 13


 Current Forecast:

Prior to fishing, interested anglers should seek information from local bait and tackle shops to help focus their efforts. Largemouth bass fishermen interested in visiting Inverness and Hernando Pools should find excellent fishing. Look for signs of schooling bass near bridge pilings and other structures. Fishing crankbaits through these schools should produce strikes. Soft plastics like worms and frogs should be used through and under pads. And of course, golden shiners fished near structure or vegetation are always a great choice. Panfish anglers should find plenty of success in the Inverness Pool, where the bluegill are big and plentiful. Fish near any large boulders or riprap associated with bridge pilings. Using grass shrimp or live crickets should work best. In the Floral City Pool, try using small beetle spins or jigs fished through grasses to draw out the bluegill, and use earthworms for the hungry redear sunfish. The catfish should be biting most stink baits fished along the bottom.

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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