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 386-292-9726
Suwannee Lake’s 63 acres has a lot to offer anglers this time of year. New regulations at this Fish Management Area are aimed at allowing anglers more harvest opportunity (15 bass per day under 16 inches) and growing bigger bass. Recent surveys have shown very high numbers of bass and large sized Bluegill and Redear. For panfish, try crickets or worms around the offshore trees in the middle and lower half of the water column. You will find Bass in these same areas sticking even closer to the structure and to the bottom. Any totally submersed structure like stumps or fish attractors is worth trying too. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or soft plastics fished deep are great choices for bass. This lake is a great place to try a new lure or technique you may just catch the fish of a lifetime!
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 Suwannee Lake FMA:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 1