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.
Local contacts: Greens Marine, Lake City 386-755-5390; Rooster's Outfitters 386-292-9726
Recent electrofishing at Suwannee Lake has shown a high number of bass to be over 16 inches long with many fish approaching the 8-pound mark and a few exceeding it. 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, this along with targeted relocating of small bass are starting to show fast growth rates and big well-fed bass. Anglers targeting panfish can expect to find big bluegills and redears here as well. The shoreline certainly holds bream, but the bigger ones are more often found near the offshore trees, crickets and worms are the preferred baits. Any totally submersed structure like stumps pier piling or fish attractors is likely to hold both bream and bass. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or soft plastics fished slow and deep are great choices for bass. This lake has a good amount of fishing effort and a lot of food for fish. This can make it tough to entice a bite, using a unique lure or tactic might pay off with 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