Tsala Apopka Chain
Lake Tsala Apopka is 19,111 acres of shallow, heavily vegetated marshes intermingled with open water pools. Water control structures separate the lake into three main pools named after nearby towns: Floral City, Inverness and Hernando.
Public boat ramps are available 1/4 mile east of the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and S.R. 200 (Hernando Pool); 1-1/4 mile east of City of Inverness on S.R. 470 (Inverness Pool); and on Duval Island Road off C.R. 48, one mile east of U.S. Highway 41 (Floral City Pool).
Local Contacts: River Land Bait and Tackle (352-465-2755) for more up-to-date information.
The largemouth bass fishing has been good since the start if the new year and should continue to produce fish for the coming months. Last year, March 1st to June 30th, 73 trophy bass (8+ lbs.) were approved by the TrophyCatch program. At the time of this writing (March 15th), 13 trophy bass have already been caught and approved by the FWC’s TrophyCatch program since January 1st. If you haven’t caught your trophy yet, head to the Tsala Apopka Chain and give it a go. Try running shiners near the edge of beds to entice a bite. Plastic worms and frogs fished near the edges of vegetation should produce fish as well. Try fishing cut baits near bridge pilings or rip rap for catfish.
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 the Tsala Apopka Chain:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 103
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 41
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1