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Suwannee County

Suwannee Lake

This 63-acre man-made, state-owned impoundment is filled with cypress trees and largemouth bass. It is a Fish Management Area and a license is required. Two fishing piers, one fully handicapped accessible, and several earthen fishing fingers provide boatless angling opportunities. The lake is shallow around the edge with good vegetative cover and several old sink-holes out in the trees providing deep cover. Perennial tactics, depending on the season, include pitching jigs and spinners up into "no-man's land"--the brush around the edge, shiner fishing in winter and very early spring, cranking shiner imitators between the trees, and fishing topwater lures and dark plastic worms anywhere. Good fishing for bluegill and redear sunfish occurs during spring and summer.

Note:  A special harvest regulations is in place on Suwannee Lake. Minimum size limit of 10 inches for crappie allows more fish to grow to desirable sizes.

Local contacts: Greens Marine, Lake City 386-755-5390; Rooster's Outfitters 386-234-0851


Suwannee Lake is a great place to go for bass. There is a really healthy population of fast-growing bass here. Several have already achieved trophy-sized status. In the south end of the lake, bass anglers should focus their efforts near the shore; focus on areas near dense vegetation, around and under snags or other submersed structures. You may also have luck in deeper water around the pads and along the submerged ridge in the northeast corner of the south basin. In the north end, target bass within the cypress trees and around submerged logs. Typical baits should work well here; weedless soft plastics or live baits such as shiners. The panfish are still a bit small in size, but are abundant in number. As the spawning season approaches for panfish, anglers should target their efforts in the shallow areas around the lake. Those targeting catfish should use traditional baits (worms, liver, cut baits, stink baits) fished near snags and other submersed structures.

Popular Species

Popular Sport Fish Species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

More species information is available for:

Largemouth bassBluegillBlack crappie, Brown bulheadChannel catfish

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