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Ansin Garcia - Miami Lakes

Indian River County

Garcia River

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.

Water levels remain slightly high to start the quarter following an active hurricane season. Regardless, this impoundment should produce good numbers of largemouth bass and there are a variety of habitats to choose from such as cattails, hydrilla, eelgrass, emergent grass, and water lilies. Typical techniques will work including live shiners, spinner baits, soft plastic swim-baits and plastic worms, diving minnow imitations; senkos and top-water baits will become more productive as the water warms. Garcia is a great place to go in windy conditions. There are many windbreaks that can make for a much calmer experience. Additionally, fishing can be good in areas where wind driven current is funneling through a break in one of the many internal berms.

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.

Be mindful of the depth in the canals and the floating vegetation that can sometimes block access.

Popular Species

Popular Sport Fish Species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

More species information is available for:

Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfishBlack 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 Ansin Garcia - Miami Lakes:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 42

Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 4