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.
Garcia is 1.5 feet below the normal winter water level to start the quarter thanks to August through November being quite dry in this area. But, the submerged vegetation in the form of hydrilla and eel grass looks the best it has in a few years. There is good coverage of submerged plant in places all along the west side of the impoundment but especially up in the northwest part. This impoundment should produce good numbers of largemouth bass for those anglers who like to fish a variety of habitats such as cattails, hydrilla, eelgrass, emergent grass, and water lilies/pads. It’s located within a half-hour drive of the neighboring Stick Marsh/Farm 13 and can offer more wind sheltered spots on those north wind days that might confine fishermen to the ‘Back Lot’ as the Stick Marsh. The north central region, dominated by cattail and pads, is also known to hold fish. The outlet canal (C-65) which runs for five miles – connecting to the control structure into Farm13, can also be productive. Typical techniques will work including live shiners, spinner baits, soft plastic jerk baits and plastic worms, diving minnow imitations and top-water baits becoming more productive as the water warms.
Black crappie anglers should focus their efforts in deeper waters within the borrow pit, southern inflow canal, outflow canal (C-65) at the northwest corner, and around floating mats of vegetation along the numerous old submerged canals that border and cross the reservoir’s bottom. Vertically jigging, slow trolling jigs or a live minnow under a small float will work.
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): 37
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 4