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Citrus County

Inverness River

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 2022, the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes have produced 8 trophy bass approved by the FWC’s TrophyCatch program. Last year, 17 trophy bass were approved by the FWC’s TrophyCatch 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. Lake Hernando was a top 5 TrophyCatch lake for Season 9 of the TrophyCatch program (Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021), with 43 trophy bass approved by the program. Anglers looking for a big bass may want to head to the Hernando Pool to catch the next big one. Fishing plastic worms in shallow areas near vegetation has been most productive, while weedless frogs over pads or jerk baits have been effective as well. 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, rip-rap 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.

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): 231

Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 102

Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 4