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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 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.

Water levels on Newnans Lake have been high, and the Black Crappie bite this winter and spring was excellent! The peak crappie season is winding down for the year but keep those poles ready because there are plenty of big specks out there and fishing should be fantastic later this year, especially around the creeks (Hatchet, Little Hatchet, and Prairie) after a big rain. As the water temperatures rise in late spring, catches of large panfish should be common over the next several months during the full moons from April through September around pads, emergent grasses, and bulrushes. Try minnows and grass shrimp for crappie and panfish. Also, 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. Also after the big rains, get your bass rods out and try to find some moving water within/around the creeks, 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.

Steve Beck, FWC fisheries biologist: 352-415-6958

For more information on FWC management activities at Newnans Lake, visit the Orange Creek Basin Working Group webpage.

FWC maintains a fish attractor at Newnans Lake, visit the FWC Fish Attractor webpage for location.

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): 10

Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 1