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.
Given the size of the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes, we recommend always contacting local bait and tackle shops prior to planning your trip. Largemouth bass will be dispersed throughout the pools and it is hard to say if one pool will be better than the others. However, in recent months the Hernando pool has produced more trophy bass than the other pools. Bass anglers should plan early morning and evening trips to avoid the hot summer sun. Plastic worms fished in deeper water near structure or vegetation should produce bites. Fishing shallow water near shore during low light may produce bites from bass venturing in to feed. Panfish can be caught using any of the traditional baits. Crickets and grass shrimp seem to be popular at the moment. Fish areas of sandy bottom near cover. Catfish anglers should find success throughout the chain of lakes. Cut baits or chicken livers fished near boulders, heavy rip-rap or bridge pilings should produce bites. Use a strong leader line as the rough edges of rocks and concrete can fray the line.
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): 165
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 83
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 2