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Citrus County

Inverness River

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 for each pool:

  • Hernando Pool: 1/4 mile east of the intersection of U.S. Hwy 41 and SR 200
  • Inverness Pool: Highway 44 Boat Ramp, Eden Park, and North Apopka Boat Ramp
  • Floral City Pool: Duval Island Road

Local Contacts:  River Land Bait and Tackle (352-465-2755) for more up-to-date information.

Fishing early morning and late evening should produce the best results. As the days are hot and water temperature continues to rise, find deeper pockets of water to fish in. Pockets of deep water with vegetation and structure will be sure to hold fish. For bass, fish live shiners, plastic worms, or spinner baits to produce strikes. With the size of this system, we recommend contacting local bait and tackle shops to help focus their efforts and learn where the bite is hot. Panfish should be biting on a variety of natural and artificial baits. Common baits are crickets, grass shrimp, and worms. Fish under and around vegetation.

Popular Species

Popular Sport Fish Species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

More species information is available for:

Largemouth bassBluegill, Redear sunfishChannel catfishBlack crappie

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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 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