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.
Cooling temperatures this quarter will lead to hot action this quarter. There is abundant hydrilla and eel grass in the lake and bass anglers should start by working vegetated edges of deeper open water habitat. Good places to start include the canals on the north and east sides of the reservoir as well as the submerged borrow pit in the west side of the lake. Many of the locals who fish the lake this time of the year like using top-water baits early and late in the day. Plastic worms, senkos, and swim baits are also effective.
Black crappie anglers may find fair numbers of fish concentrated in the submerged borrow pit on the west side of the impoundment. Anglers may also be able to locate these fish in the deeper water of the perimeter canals and the outlet canal (C-65) at the northwest corner. Drift live minnows or work small jigs using ultra-light rod/reel or jig pole. Bluegill and redear sunfish can be caught in the abundant emergent vegetation near submerged drainage ditches. Later in the quarter, the sandy shallows around levees will be good places to find panfish. Minnows and worms work best when targeting these two species, light tackle outfits will also work using a small jig, spinner or even a fly rod with a popper. A new exclusion zone has been created along the west shore of the reservoir as to protect a planting project. Please be aware of buoys marking the area.
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): 44
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 4