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Alachua County


Newnans Lake (5,800 acres), designated as a Fish Management Area, is located about two miles east of Gainesville on Highway 20. The lake is surrounded by cypress trees that provide good angling when water levels are high. Sparse areas of emergent grasses, bulrush, and spatterdock (water lilies) are found around the shoreline of Newnans Lake. The most consistent fisheries on Newnans Lake are catfish and bream, and these can be caught year-round in deeper areas of the lake and the lake shoreline, respectively.

For updated information please call:

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist, 352-955-3220, for tag information.

Gary's Tackle Box, 352-372-1791 for fishing information.

The water level on Newnans Lake has rose with the summer rainfall and it’s that time of year to go catch some Black Crappie. While sampling in September, FWC biologist were seeing high numbers of good size Black Crappie already up near shore, and there is definitely a bunch in open water too. Anglers fishing for Black Crappie should try on and off-shore to see where the bite is best. Minnows, grass shrimp, and artificial jigs are good baits of choice. If you want to try your luck at catching a bass, try getting up into some flowing water at one of the creeks after a heavy rain. There just might be a bunch of bass in there feeding on shad. Also try any of the clumps of pads you see offshore, they usually hold one or two nice sized fish. Anglers should be aware of tagged Black Crappie with rewards. If you catch a tagged crappie, call the number below to receive information on how to claim your reward.

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist: 352-415-6964

Popular Species

Popular Sport Fish Species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

More species information is available for:

Largemouth bassBluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfishBlack crappie

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TrophyCatch Tracker

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 Newnans Lake:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2

Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 1