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 more information on FWC management activities at Newnans Lake, visit the Orange Creek Basin Working Group webpage.
FWC maintains fish attractors at Newnans Lake, visit the Fish Attractor webpage for locations.
Shore and Pier Fishing Opportunities/Boat Ramp Locations:
Earl P. Powers Park Boat Ramp/Fishing Pier: 5902 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641
Owen Illinois Park Boat Ramp: 11309 SE 16th Ave, Gainesville (Windsor), FL 32641
Palm Point Park: 7401 Lakeshore Dr, Gainesville, FL 32641
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.
If you are interested in bass fishing, FWC has stocked almost one million Largemouth Bass around Newnans Lake since 2019. After a big rain, try getting up into some flowing water at one of the creeks on the North or South sides of the lake and you may find bass feeding on shad. Also, FWC biologists usually see plenty of nice bass in the clumps of pads this time of year in the North and East sides of the lake. Try targeting bass around plants with soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwater baits. If water levels rise, that usually means good things for Black Crappie or speck fishing, and forecasts predict above average precipitation this winter. The Black Crappie bite should start to pick up as temperatures cool, with anglers catching them while trolling or drifting minnows and jigs in open water. You might just get onto some big Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (bream) in the pads on the north end, typically caught with grass shrimp or crickets under a cork. Anglers should be aware of tagged Black Crappie with rewards for submitting the tag. If you catch a tagged crappie, keep the tag, and call the number below to receive information on how to claim your reward.
Steve Beck, FWC fisheries biologist: 352-415-6958
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): 10
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 1