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 also a good choice to catch big panfish. The fish are typically in the maiden cane or on the edge of it. Fishing with a worm on bottom near the edge of the vegetation is a good way to start. If this fails, try moving into the weeds and fishing with grass shrimp. FWC biologists have found huge numbers of big Red-Eared Sunfish and Bluegill in the vegetation along the lake edge. In the hot summer months, many anglers prefer to fish at night. Try fishing over the attractors for Specks. There are a lot of Largemouth Bass and Chain Pickerel also being caught. There are currently two fish attractors on Big Lake Weir, and two attractors on Little Lake Weir. The attractors on the main lake are unmarked, but the GPS coordinates for these can be found at the MYFWC website. These coordinates will be in decimal degree format on your GPS. The attractors on the little lake are marked with yellow buoys. The water at Lake Weir is high right now, so anglers should use caution navigating close to shore as there are submerged obstructions present that were previously aground.
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): 72
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 11