Levy and Citrus Counties
An impoundment of the Withlacoochee River, as part of the original Cross Florida Barge Canal project, this large lake is full of cypress trees, pennywort islands and sometimes hydrilla. Abundant cover and structure grow plenty of bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish, black crappie and largemouth bass. The deeper river channel is always good to locate and fish underwater bends. The rest of the lake is referred to as the "flats" or the backwaters.
While the weather is cool, focus fishing effort near the channel and deeper portions of the lake. Fish the edges of hydrilla using live golden shiners to entice bass. As the quarter progresses and water temperatures begin to rise, the largemouth should become more active. As their spring spawning season approaches, target areas with good spawning substrate and be on the lookout for beds. Target panfish in deeper pockets of water around vegetation or wood structures. Live crickets, earthworms, and grass shrimp make great baits. Black Crappie should be found in deeper holes. Beetle spins and jigs fished near cover should produce bites.
TrophyCatch 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 Rousseau:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 90
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 16
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1