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 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 2020, 14 trophy bass have been approved by the FWC’s trophy bass program. Last year, 33 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. Fish a Carolina-rigged plastic worm in shallow areas near vegetation, or a Texas-rigged worm through dense vegetation. Weedless frogs or jerk baits should be effective as well. Expect the panfish to become active in the coming weeks and months. 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, rip-rap or other hard, submersed structures.
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): 144
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 73
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 2