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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


Good fishing can be found anywhere in this lake. Bass and Bluegill are abundant, but bass are growing the fastest. Shiner fishing for bass is productive during January through March. A steady supply of wild shiners can be caught using small dough balls. Use oatmeal chum to attract the baitfish or fish close to the weed line. Work shiners (Carolina rigged) around cypress trees and woody debris, at drop-offs, or along the edges of vegetation. Heavier line is recommended around standing timber. Target panfish around submersed vegetation or at one of the many fish attractors with grass shrimp, oatmeal chum balls, crickets, or worms. Bluegill fishing with crickets near cypress trees bases or close to vegetation will improve if weather warms in March.

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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