Lake Harris is an 13,788 acre lake located south and east of the City of Leesburg. Access to the lake is from Singletary Park on the outskirts of Leesburg on U.S. Hwy 27, at a City of Leesburg boat ramp in Venetian Gardens off of SR 44 (Dixie Avenue), at the Hickory Point recreational area ($2.00 fee per vehicle) on SR 19 south of Tavares, and in Astatula at a ramp on Florida Avenue west of C.R. 561. Lake Harris Lodge (352-343-4111) is a fish camp located on Lake Harris off of US Hwy 19 south of Tavares, and Palm Gardens (352-343-4111) is located on US Hwy 441 near Tavares.
Crappie fishing time is here in the northeast region. Lake Harris always attracts many anglers for this reason. Some popular locations cited by locals include Johnson Point, Horseshoe Island, Long Island, and the 19 Bridge. Locals fish using a variety of techniques, including: jigs or minnows under corks, spider rigs, and trolling baits. Also, as the water temperature reaches the mid-60s, bass fishing should start to heat up. Some popular spots include the Dead River and the shoreline adjacent to the Leesburg Airport. Soft plastics are always a good choice. Fishing on bottom near the rock attractors should produce some fish. Worms work well for bottom fishing. For the GPS locations of the rock attractors, contact the FWC regional fisheries staff at 352-732-1225.
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 the Harris Chain of Lakes:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 78
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 11