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): 48

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 6


Current Forecast:

Lake Weir is also a good choice to catch big panfish. The fish are typically in the maidencane or on the edge of it. Fishing with a worm on bottom near the edge of the vegetation is a good way to start. If this fails, try moving into the weeds with a cane pole and fishing with grass shrimp. FWC biologists have found huge numbers of big shellcrackers in the vegetation along the lake edge. In the hot summer months, many anglers prefer to fish at night. Try fishing over the attractors at night for bass. The water at Lake Weir is low, and there is a risk of hanging up or destroying trailers if the trailer goes past the ‘End of Ramp’ signs at Carney Island boat ramp. Use extreme caution when launching. Carney Island is the only open public ramp. Hope Park ramp is currently closed.


FWC Facts:
Freshwater catfish have many external taste buds on their barbels, so they use their sense of taste more than their sight to find prey.

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