Tsala Apopka Chain
The Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes is 19,111 acres of shallow, heavily vegetated marshes intermingled with open water pools. Water control structures separate the chain of lakes 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.
So far in 2021, 18 trophy bass caught in the Tsala Apopka Chain have been approved by the FWC’s trophy bass program. Last year, 28 trophy bass were approved by the FWC’s trophy catch program between April 1st and June 30th, so expect the bass to continue to be active as we progress through the spring and into the summer months. Local reports have bass fishing being most productive on the Hernando Pool so far this spring. Fishing plastic worms in shallow areas near vegetation has been most productive, while weedless frogs or jerk baits have been effective. Expect the panfish to become active in the coming weeks and months, depending on water temperature. Panfish anglers should check the lunar calendars and target nights on, and near full moons. Fish in shallow areas near vegetation and structures. Classic baits will work well. Live crickets, worms, and grass shrimp are most popular. Those looking for catfish should target stinky baits fished on the bottom near bridge pilings, riprap or other hard, submersed structures. Due to the size of the entire chain of lakes, anglers are encouraged to contact local bait and tackle shops for the most current fishing reports and tips.
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): 202
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 96
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 2