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.
This time of year is Black Crappie fishing season on Lake Weir, a lake with an abundance of these fish. Look for deep holes and structure to target Black Crappie. Many of these deep holes can be found along the western and northern side of the lake. Use black or blue beetle spinners or live minnows to effectively catch these tasty fish. Large Bream can also be caught in Lake Weir. Fish along weed-lines with worms or crickets to catch Bluegill and Red-Eared Sunfish. Unfortunately, fish attractors are no longer marked with buoys. If anglers would like the GPS locations of the attractors, please call FWC fisheries staff at (352) 732-1225 or utilize the MYFWC website. Largemouth Bass fishing is also excellent on Lake Weir. Fishing near the weed-line works well for many anglers. Live Shiners are the most effective bait for Bass but, artificial baits can also be productive. As State Bass regulations have changed, there will be many more opportunities to keep smaller Bass which are in abundance on Lake Weir. Harvesting these smaller Bass is heavily encouraged by FWC.
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