Levy and Citrus Counties:
An impoundment of the Withlacoochee River, as part of the original Cross Florida Barge Canal project, this large lake is full of cypress trees, hyacinth and pennywort islands and sometimes hydrilla. Abundant cover and structure grow plenty of bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish, black crappie and largemouth bass. The deeper river channel is always good to locate and fish underwater bends. The rest of the lake is referred to as the "flats" or the backwaters.
Big Bass Village 352-447-3474, toll free 1-877-463-4742
Lake Rousseau RV Park/Fishing Resort 352-795-6336, lakerousseaurvpark.com
Dunnellon Bait and Tackle 352-465-2755
As the season transition this quarter, water temperatures will be more consistent in the channel and deeper areas. Focus your efforts in these locations with wild shiners that can free line under surface vegetation or dive deep. On calm warmer days try opening up some holes in the floating vegetation with a garden tool. This will give you access to areas where panfish are holding close to cover. Black crappie fishermen find success in the old lock area where intake vents provide vertical cover in deep water.