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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.

Hurricane Irma did no favors to Lake Monroe’s eelgrass beds, and they’re still recovering. During the heat of the day, fish will be seeking deeper, cooler waters. If summer rain patterns continue, small, scattered bulrush patches will provide some habitat on the northern and western shores for both largemouth bass and bream anglers to target during this quarter. Lily pad patches on the southwestern shore may also provide habitat for bass and bream. Best bets will be fishing the early morning and late evening, before the heat gets too intense.

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