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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Popular fish species

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:

As this quarter progresses fishing should improve with the warmer weather. As largemouth bass gear up for the spawn and begin bedding activities, plastic worms, spinner baits and weedless frogs are good lure choices. This year’s FWC bass surveys yielded the highest catch rates in Big Henderson (especially the northeast section of the pool), followed by Hernando (southeastern section) and then Floral City (northwest section surrounding Johnson Island). However, the largest bass (7+lbs) was captured (and released) in the Floral City pool. Black crappie are starting to move from the deeper, lake ward areas to their spawning habitat. Hard bottom areas like under the bridges and associated rip-rap yielded the most abundant concentrations of bluegill and other panfish. Grass shrimp and wigglers are favorite baits used by the locals in system. This chain of lakes can store water with a low dissolved oxygen level in any of its nooks and crannies for long periods. If things aren’t biting in one cove move to another. Catfish can be targeted near bridges and rip-rap by using cut baits or stink baits fished on the bottom.



FWC Facts:
Freshwater catfish have many external taste buds on their barbels, so they use their sense of taste more than their sight to find prey.

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