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Seminole & Volusia counties


The St. Johns River flows through this 9,406-acre lake. The city of Sanford borders the southern shoreline. Public access can be utilized off the Seminole County side of the intersection of Highway 17/92 and I-4; the north side of the lake off of Enterprise Road; and at Monroe Harbor Marina in downtown Sanford. Private access and more recent fishing information can be obtained from Highbanks Marina and Camp Resort (386-668-4491) and Monroe Harbour Marina (407-322-2910).

For further information please contact our Regional Office at 352-732-1225.

Sparse vegetation means offshore structure in the form of pilings, docks, or drop-offs will probably be the key to finding largemouth bass. Bulrush may be productive, but low bass catches are probable. Bluegill and shellcrackers will spawn periodically throughout the quarter wherever they can find vegetation or structure with sufficient water depth. If the fish are inshore, fish early in the mornings before the sun heats them up and the fish go deep looking for cooler waters.

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 Lake Monroe:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 15

Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 4