Lake Rousseau (Citrus, Marion and Levy counties)

Scenic photo of Lake Rousseau

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.

Local contacts:
Big Bass Village 352-447-3474, toll free 1-877-463-4742
Lake Rousseau RV Park/Fishing Resort 352-795-6336,
Dunnellon Bait and Tackle 352-465-2755

Current Forecast:

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.


FWC Facts:
The life expectancy for Gulf sturgeon is 20-42 years. The oldest age documented for a tagged and recaptured Suwannee River Gulf sturgeon is about 27-28 years.

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