Marion County

Lake WeirLocated 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. For GPS coordinates for the attractors, contact our fisheries biologists at 352-732-1225.

 

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 Lake Weir:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 38

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 5

 

Current Forecast:

This time of year is crappie fishing season on Lake Weir, a lake with abundant crappie. Look for deep holes and structure to target black crappie. Use black or blue beetle spinners or live minnows to effectively catch these tasty fish. Unfortunately, fish attractors are no longer marked with buoys. If anglers would like the GPS locations of the attractors, please call FWC fisheries staff at (352) 732-1225. Bass fishing is also excellent on Lake Weir. Fishing near the weed line produces well for many anglers. As State bass regulations have changed, there will be many more opportunities to keep smaller bass which are in abundance on Lake Weir. Unfortunately, due to dropping water levels, Little Lake Weir is no longer accessible from Big Lake Weir. All boaters should be advised to observe the “End of Ramp” signs at Carney Island boat ramp. Due to low water levels and power loading of boats, the drop off at the end of the ramp is significant.

 



FWC Facts:
Blue tilapia, or Nile perch, are mouth brooders, carrying fertilized eggs and fry in their mouths to protect them.

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