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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 known for being a bass lake and the Largemouth Bass are abundant and found throughout the lake. Six trophy bass (8+ lbs.) have been reported by anglers over the last 3 years since the restoration was completed. Harvesting smaller bass will help sustain a population with larger-sized bass. Buzz baits, imitation frogs, and Golden Shiners are the most productive baits. In cold weather, seek out areas of deeper water. The fish attractor map at the boat ramp will help you choose areas most likely to be productive. Panfish, mainly represented by bluegill and warmouth, are abundant but tend to be small. Worms may be more effective than crickets at getting bites. Catfish should be targeted using cut or stink baits fished on the bottom and around 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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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 Suwannee Lake FMA:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2