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.

 

Popular species:

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:

It’s hard to say if one lake in the chain will be better than others. Interested anglers should seek information from local tackle shops, internet message boards, or other anglers to narrow down their choices and target their effort. Black Crappie (speckled perch) school together and are easier to target once located during this season. In February, they begin moving into the shallows for spawning. A good place to start is at a fish attractor. Common baits for crappie are live minnows and panfish jigs either trolled in open water or cast near vegetation. Look for largemouth bass to be moving into shallower water as the spawn nears but move into deeper water when cold fronts come through. Flip soft plastic lures into holes in vegetation or fish a live golden shiner around cover to entice bass to strike. Bluegill fishing should be steady around aquatic vegetation using crickets, grass shrimp, or other natural baits. Catfish can be targeted near bridges and rip-rap by using cut baits or stink baits fished on the bottom.



FWC Facts:
One 24-inch female red snapper can produce as many eggs as 212 17-inch females.

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