Marion & Putnam counties

Oklawaha RiverThe Oklawaha River originates at the north end of Lake Griffin in Lake County. The upper reach is largely channelized but is in a natural condition for most of its length. Rodman Reservoir is a 16 mile impoundment lying between Highway 316 near Ft. McCoy to Highway 19 near Palatka. The river is again natural from the Rodman Dam to its confluence with the St. Johns River near Welaka.

Public boat ramps are at Moss Bluff off Highway 464, Ray-Davidson Park at Highway 40, Gores Landing off CR 415, Eureka East and West on Highway 316, Orange Springs, Kenwood Landing and Hog Valley on Rodman Reservoir, Rodman Dam off Highway 19 and Highway 19 south of the barge canal.


Popular species:

Popular fish species

Fish illustrations 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 Oklawaha River:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 29

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 11

Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1


Current Forecast:

Spring means that the time for catching bass on the Oklawaha River is here.  Fish will be spawning, and bass are readily available.  Also, as the weather warms up, panfish will start to get active.  Late March can be a good time to catch redbreast sunfish (red-belly) and spotted sunfish (stumpknockers) as they begin to bed.  Fishing with earthworms on the bottom will work well for bass and panfish.  The water is usually clear enough to locate beds, so search for them carefully.  Do not get too close to the beds, or the fish may spook.


FWC Facts:
Our bass fisheries provide significant value to our state. Ensuring healthy lakes and rivers benefits many species of fish and wildlife as well as trophy fisheries.

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