Tsala Apopka Chain (Citrus County)

Scenic photo of Inverness Pool, part of the Tsala Apopka Chain.

Citrus County

Lake 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.

 Current Forecast:

Recent reports from this chain paint the Floral City Pool in the best light of the three.  The summer patterns have arrived concerning what is being sought and caught.  Panfish and catfish are making the bulk of the catches lately.  Cut bait and most things smelly catch catfish throughout the chain.  Heavy rip-rap boulders associated with bridge overpasses are excellent spots for panfish.  Avoid fishing without a float because of the nooks created by the rock.  Largemouth bass will be near the edge of maidencane and should bite slower presented artificial, like rubber worms or crayfish.  Of course live baits when fished properly are game changers when it comes to bass that have been educated.  Visit the internet to learn advanced tips for presenting live bait and also having a correctly set up fishing outfit.




FWC Facts:
The FWC operates two freshwater fish hatcheries: the Florida Bass Conservation Center in Sumter County, and the Blackwater Hatchery in Santa Rosa County.

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