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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.

Newnans Lake was steadily getting lower in the late spring and early summer, but recent rainfall has helped it inch back up. We definitely want continued rainfall during these hot days of summer to keep those water levels up, the boat ramps open, and the fish biting. After a good rain, try getting in areas around the creeks on the north and south side of the lake. You might end up on a hot bass bite. There are also lots of good size bream that anglers can turn their attention to this summer. Good catches of large bream should be common over the next several months from June through September around pads, emergent grasses, and bulrushes. Crickets and grass shrimp are good baits of choice. Also, catfish catches should be steady throughout the majority of the lake, especially near Palm Point and the Powers Park pier. Try baiting your hook with liver or wigglers for catfish. Both the Earl P. Powers Park boat ramp off of SR 20 and the Owen-Illinois Park ramp off of CR 234 in Windsor are open. Anglers should also 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