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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.

Local contacts: Greens Marine, Lake City 386-755-5390; Rooster's Outfitters 386-292-9726


This lake continues to produce impressive panfish. Panfish are very abundant here while most of the good-sized fish are near the offshore trees. Fishing close to structure with proven baits like crickets and worms should produce bites. This lake is being managed as part of the Florida Trophy Bass Project. Catch rates of small bass have been decreasing in recent years, however multiple trophies have been found when sampling this lake and reports of anglers catching multiple 7+ pound bass in single trips. Using live shiners on a circle hook is a great tactic to catch wary bass. Artificial lures like spinner baits, swim baits, and soft plastics are great for covering water to find fish. Forage fish for trophy bass are stocked here during the winter so this would be a good place to try catching that once in a lifetime largemouth! As the weather warms, fishing at the right time of day is going to be critical, early morning will probably be the most productive time to fish. If you catch a bass that is missing a dorsal spine or has had a fin clipped or hole punched in it, don’t worry, it was just recently captured as part of a population estimate, the fish will regrow its fin. Please be respectful when using the lake, don’t litter, use the provided trash cans. New portable restrooms are now available for use near the boat ramp and near the fishing pier.

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