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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 386-292-9726


There are plenty of fish to be had in Suwannee Lake. Just a reminder that the new Largemouth Bass regulations are now in effect for this lake, as part of a trophy bass management effort. This effort increases the daily bag limit for bass to 15 fish, but none can be over 16 inches in length. There remains no minimum size limit. Additionally, circle hooks are required when bass fishing with natural baits greater than 3 inches in length.

In the south end of the lake, bass anglers should focus their efforts near the shore, around the islands and around the pilings of the recently burned pier; focus on areas near dense vegetation, around and under snags or other submersed structures. You may also have luck among the pads. In the north end, bass anglers should focus their efforts within the cypress trees, around submerged logs, and off the old pier. Typical baits should work well; weedless soft plastics or live baits such as shiners. Target similar areas for panfish as you would for bass. Remember the fish attractors as well. As the spawning season approaches, focus on the shallows. Crickets, worms, and grass shrimp are popular baits. 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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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