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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.

Hydrilla is abundant in this water body and was topped out in most areas in mid summer. Fishing the hydrilla edges near perimeter canals is a good bed for bass. Fish will move in shallow later in the quarter. Big bass can be caught under floating mats of vegetation over hydrilla. Using heavy 1.5oz weights and a small worm, punch through the mats and hang on. If there is sufficient wind, drifting across the grass flats throwing swimbaits is a good producer. Of course, live golden shiners are excellent when fished in the open holes and canals. When you find fish in Kenansville, stay nearby because they tend to school up in favorable habitats.

The road and ramp to Kenansville is worth a mention. Covering your boat and fishing equipment will help keep dust out. The ramp is steep, so be sure your vehicle is suitable to pull a boat out. Also be mindful of floating vegetation as it can blow in the canal making access more difficult. Kenansville is a bit out of the way but can be well worth it for some very high-quality bass catches.

Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be released immediately under the special no-harvest regulation.

Popular Species

Popular Sport Fish Species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

More species information is available for:

Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfishBlack 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 Kenansville Lake:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 180

Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 27

Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1