Ansin Garcia - Miami Lakes
Indian River County
The Lake Garcia Reservoir is a 3,149-acre section of the Blue Cypress Water Management Area (BCWMA) along the east coast of central Florida in north Indian River County. Water depths range from 1.5 to 6 feet on this impoundment, fluctuating seasonally. Boaters unfamiliar with the BCWMA are advised to operate their crafts cautiously, due to the number of navigational hazards found throughout the area. Facilities include a double lane concrete boat ramp, air boat launch site, paved parking lot, picnic pavilion and restroom. This impoundment is noted for good numbers of smaller largemouth bass, but does produce its share of trophy bass each year. Largemouth, bluegill and black crappie are the sportfish most often targeted by anglers. For more information on daily fishing forecasts and lake conditions for Garcia Lake, call Stick Marsh Bait and Tackle Shop at (772) 571-9855.
Lake Garcia has been fishing great for the last year and there is an abundance of submersed vegetation in the reservoir. Target domes of hydrilla along deeper edges for bass, as well as big water lily patches. Suspending jerkbaits fished around these areas will produce. Senkos rigged wacky style, and topwater frogs will also work well for bass. Punching heavy cover can produce bites from big bass.
Panfish can be targeted along deeper drop-offs, such as the canal on the North end of the lake. All the regular baits will produce bites from Bream. With afternoon storms becoming more regular, take note of the storm shelter on the North side of the lake. The storms sometimes only last a few minutes so the shelter is a good place to wait one out. The bite during a rain event can be epic.
Be mindful of the depth in the canals and the floating vegetation that can sometimes block access. If it looks too shallow or blocked, its always best to pull out and try a different lake.
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 Ansin Garcia - Miami Lakes:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 41
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 4