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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.

While not as prevalent as they have been, bulrush and cowlily patches should provide habitat for largemouth bass, black crappie (speckled perch), bream and occasionally striped bass. Also consider pilings, especially those on the northern end of the lake. Continued stocking of Sunshine bass gives anglers greater opportunities for fishing. Drifting jigs and live minnows should produce good catches of crappie and sunshine bass as the quarter progresses.

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