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.
Some of the best shoreline fishing access in the Gainesville area is located at Newnans Lake. Anglers without a boat can visit the shore or fishing pier at the Earl P. Powers Park off of SR 20, Palm Point Nature Park off of Lake Shore Drive, or the Owen-Illinois Park off of CR 234 in Windsor. These spots often offer some great catfish bites and can be good for other fish species too. A common bait that catfish anglers use is chicken livers, which can be found at any local grocery store. There is also a bunch of Black Crappie, or speckled perch, at Newnans Lake right now, but many of those are on the smaller side. Just watch out for the lake in next year or two because it is going to be one of the top speckled perch destinations in Florida. 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
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