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, 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
For the best odds of connecting with a trophy bass, try trolling live golden shiners along the channel drop-offs. Shiners can also be free-lined or fished under a float to try to entice bass. Flipping and pitching soft plastics and jigs around stumps produce decent catches of bass too. Rousseau has been yielding a few good bass, judging by some recent submissions into FWC’s TrophyCatch program. Panfish can be taken near aquatic vegetation as well, especially under mats of floating plants. Try using grass shrimp, crickets, or earthworms either under a float or tightlined on a canepole. Shellcrackers can be more effectively targeted while fishing earthworms close to or on the bottom. Good numbers of catfish can still be caught by using baits fished on the bottom. Try using cut shad, shrimp, or a live bluegill (caught by legal methods) to entice both channel and white catfish.