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.
Fall kicks off the crappie fishing season on Lake Weir, a lake with abundant crappie. Fishing on the fish attractors installed by FWC is always a good bet. There are 12 brush attractors in Lake Weir, and all are marked with yellow buoys. There are also 4 experimental “Fish-in-a-barrel” (FIAB) attractors. These attractors are sunken PVC drums, and are marked with a yellow buoy with a blue top. When fishing on these attractors, most anglers have success fishing with jigs or live minnows under a slip cork. Fishing usually starts to get better as the water cools off, and November is usually the beginning of the best fishing. 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.