Lake WeirMarion County

Located near Weirsdale, this 5,685-acre lake is somewhat atypical for a Florida lake, with an irregular bottom and depths exceeding 20 feet.  The FWC maintains 12 brush fish attractors which are successfully utilized by many anglers.  The attractors were refurbished with new brush in January 2010.  These attractors can be easily spotted by the large yellow marker buoys.  FWC is also experimenting with Fish-in-a-Barrel attractors (FIAB) on Lake Weir. These are PVC cubes surrounding PVC barrel halves that were designed to provide structure without snagging tackle.  These attractors are marked by yellow buoys with blue caps. If you would like to participate in an FWC survey of the fish attractors, or for GPS coordinates for the attractors, contact our fisheries biologists at 352-732-1225.

Current Forecast:

During the past couple months, crappie fishing has been slow at Lake Weir.  However, January is usually the beginning of the best fishing.  Look for schools of baitfish and offshore structure for your best chance at crappie.  Prolonged low water conditions have allowed some submersed vegetation to grow off-shore in up to 12 feet of water.  Locate these beds for some excellent angling for bass and panfish.  Many of these can be found around Lemon Point and along the shore near Carney Island.  Use caution when launching; low water has made the boat ramp treacherous.

FWC Facts:
Blue crabs have specially modified back legs, called swimmerets, which rotate at 20-40 revolutions per minute, allowing the crab to quickly swim through the water.

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