Kenansville Lake - formerly Blue Cypress Reservoir

Indian River County

Kenansville LakeKenansville Lake is a shallow 2,500- acre impoundment with an average water depth of 3 feet. This area was cattle pasture prior to flooding in 1993. Boaters, especially those unfamiliar with this water body, should navigate with caution as there are rows of submerged fence posts throughout the lake. Interior levees are also located at the north, center and south areas of the lake. A single lane concrete boat ramp is the only facility on the site. The town of Kenansville is the closest place to obtain gas, food and bait. Although most anglers fish this area by boat, bank fishing is available along the access canal and north end of the lake for those willing to walk or ride a bicycle to those areas. The most popular fish species include: black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and catfish.

Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be released immediately under the special no-harvest regulation.


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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 Kenansville Lake:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 114

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 17

Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1


 Current Forecast:

Hurricane Irma reduced the coverage of hydrilla in the north half of Kenansville Lake and this area experienced an algae bloom over the winter. Plant cover was still thick in the south half. Navigation is a little easier with the lighter plant coverage. Anglers are still going to want to target vegetation edges and maybe punch into the plants to find the big ones. There are some pretty big mats of water hyacinth moving around out there. These can plug up the canal from the boat ramp to the lake depending on dominant wind. Access to the lake was blocked on numerous occasions in the past and a shift of wind can make all the difference between getting from the ramp to the lake or having to turn back. Have a plan B lake just in case. Lakes Marian, Jackson, Cypress or other nearby lake can be good options.

The hot shallow water can be a challenge to fish for bass in the summer but bream should be readily available. Anglers targeting bluegill and redear sunfish should be able to locate fair numbers of these panfish adjacent to levees and along submerged canal berms throughout the lake. Anglers may have to spend more time trying to pattern fish with all the hydrilla present throughout the lake. The usual live baits of crickets, red worms, and grass shrimp are best for bream. Black crappie anglers may want to begin by drifting live minnows slowly under a small float in the deeper waters along the north and east side of the lake but anglers may have to resort to targeting them in holes and along the edges of hydrilla.


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