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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

 

Suwannee Lake has a large population of medium-sized bass so anglers looking to catch a lot of bass should have great success here. We haven’t been seeing as many large bass during recent sampling and harvesting smaller bass will help sustain a population with larger-sized bass. However, a 12.5 lbs. bass was submitted to our TrophyCatch program just last quarter! Suwannee Lake has been selected as a site for intensive trophy bass management and as such, innovative techniques conducive to producing trophy bass will occur here. New Largemouth Bass regulations are also part of this effort and are as follows: the daily bag limit for bass increased to 15 fish, but none can be over 16 inches in length; there remains no minimum size limit; circle hooks are required when bass fishing with natural baits greater than 3 inches in length.

Bass are well distributed throughout the lake. With the warm temperatures, fishing either early or late in the day will be most productive. Traditional seasonal bass lures should work all quarter. In both the north and 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 with Texas-rigged baits. The bass move a lot here and where they are one day may not be where they are the next. In the north end, target bass in shady spots within the cypress trees with shiners. White spinner baits retrieved close to standing timber in mid-depth areas is also a productive method. Later in the season, use shallow-running crankbaits with squared-off lips, as the wobble action produced by this style lip allows for better deflection off submerged stumps. Panfish bedding is in full swing, so target panfish in the shallows with worms, crickets, or shrimp. Catfish can be targeted on the bottom within standing timber. Use chicken livers in homemade “spawn sacs”, tied shut nylon stocking bags, which hold bait better and remain on the hook longer.

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

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 1