Located near Weirsdale, this 5,685-acre lake is somewhat atypical for a Florida lake, with an irregular bottom and depths exceeding 20 feet. The FWC maintains 12 brush fish attractors which are successfully utilized by many anglers. The attractors were refurbished with new brush in January 2010. These attractors can be easily spotted by the large yellow marker buoys. FWC is also experimenting with Fish-in-a-Barrel attractors (FIAB) on Lake Weir. These are PVC cubes surrounding PVC barrel halves that were designed to provide structure without snagging tackle. These attractors are marked by yellow buoys with blue caps. For GPS coordinates for the attractors, contact our fisheries biologists at 352-732-1225.
Lake Weir is an excellent destination to catch Black Crappie, and this year is no exception. The best way to catch Crappie, or Specks, as they are sometimes called, is to use a minnow under a slip cork. Fish the minnow at various depths until you find the depth at which fish are hitting. Look for deep holes along the bottom and fish at different depths to locate Crappie. Lake Weir is also a good choice to catch big Panfish. The fish are typically in the aquatic grasses or on the edge of it. Fishing with a worm on bottom near the edge of the grass is a good way to start. If this fails, try moving into the weeds and fish with grass shrimp. Also, there are many old, unmarked attractors scattered throughout the lake. If you have a sonar unit, spending some time searching the open water could pay off if you find some old brush. As State Bass regulations have changed, there will be many more opportunities to keep smaller bass which are in abundance on Lake Weir. If anglers would like the GPS locations of some of our fish attractors, you can find this information on our Fish Attractor List. FWC biologists are in the planning phase to replace old fish attractors with new ones. This should be accomplished sometime this year.
Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.
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 Weir:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 61
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 9