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 at Newnans Lake looks great and there is a lot of habitat ready to be fished. The peak black crappie season is about to wind down for the year, but what a season it turned out to be with lots of limits filled. As the water temperatures rise in late spring, catches of large bream should be common over the next several months from April through September around pads, emergent grasses, and bulrushes. FWC biologists saw lots of big bluegill and shellcrackers already up near shore spawning while sampling in early March. Try putting a grass shrimp or cricket under or cork to tighten up that line. Catfish catches should be steady throughout the majority of the lake, especially near Palm Point and the Powers Park pier. Use liver and worms for catfish and try minnows and grass shrimp for crappie and bream. If we end up getting some good rain early this summer, get your bass rods out and try to find some moving water, there just might be some schooling bass waiting to tighten a line. 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
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