Indian River County
Kenansville Lake is a shallow 2,500- acre impoundment with an average water depth of 3 feet. This area was cattle pasture prior to flooding in 1993. Boaters, especially those unfamiliar with this water body, should navigate with caution as there are rows of submerged fence posts throughout the lake. Interior levees are also located at the north, center and south areas of the lake. A single lane concrete boat ramp is the only facility on the site. The town of Kenansville is the closest place to obtain gas, food and bait. Although most anglers fish this area by boat, bank fishing is available along the access canal and north end of the lake for those willing to walk or ride a bicycle to those areas. The most popular fish species include: black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and catfish.
Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be released immediately under the special no-harvest regulation.
Thick vegetation can make navigation a challenge in Kenansville, and at the beginning of the quarter, thick vegetation is blocking access to the lake, although is expected to clear soon. Abundant vegetation provides great fish habitat for panfish and bass. Anglers should target vegetation edges and deeper water of perimeter canals and internal levees, punching into the plants with a heavy weight can be a great way to find the big ones. Later in the quarter, bass will move in shallow to prepare for the spawn. The bluegill and redear sunfish bite on this lake should be good this quarter, anglers will want to move around until they find where these panfish are concentrating. Panfish anglers use artificial lures, live minnows and worms. Crappie anglers may want to begin by drifting live minnows slowly under a small float in the deeper waters along the north and east side of the lake but may have luck targeting them in holes and along the deep edges of hydrilla.
Remember that Kenansville Lake is catch-and-release only for largemouth bass.
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 Kenansville Lake:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 189
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 27
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 2