Alachua County

Newnans LakeNewnans Lake (5,800 acres), designated as a Fish Management Area, is located about two miles east of Gainesville on Highway 20. The lake is surrounded by cypress trees that provide good angling when water levels are high. Sparse areas of emergent grasses, bulrush, and spatterdock (water lilies) are found around the shoreline of Newnans Lake. The most consistent fisheries on Newnans Lake are catfish and bream, and these can be caught year-round in deeper areas of the lake and the lake shoreline, respectively.

For updated information please call:

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist, 352-955-3220, for tag information.

Gary's Tackle Box, 352-372-1791 for fishing information.


Popular species:

Popular fish species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link 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 Newnans Lake:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2


Current Forecast:

Low water levels were an issue on Newnans Lake due to dry conditions during the winter and spring months. Anglers that were expecting a steady speckled perch, bream, and largemouth bass bite had to seek other waters if they wanted to tighten their lines. However, plentiful rainfall at the beginning of summer quickly brought water levels back up by over six feet and the bite started again. Then Hurricane Irma dropped a significant amount of more rain bringing the lake up even more. Both boat ramps are accessible and the creeks are flowing. Anglers fishing for bass quickly returned to the lake to take advantage of the higher water with reports of numerous smaller fish being caught. It’s worth reporting, that more recent fish surveys have observed a fair number of larger bass that are weighing in over six pounds, so those big fish are out there to be caught. The bulrush clumps along the east shore and the area near Prairie Creek are areas where good numbers of Largemouth Bass have been surveyed. The last time the water levels rose like this in the summer of 2012, the north end of the lake produced quite the bite for black crappie and bream. This seems to be the case again, with anglers targeting the pads and catching limits of black crappie. Anglers fishing for black crappie may want to try the open water during the warmer months where drifting live minnows or artificial jigs are baits of choice. Anglers should be aware of tagged black crappies with rewards. If you catch a tagged crappie, call the number below to receive information on how to claim your reward.

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist: 352-415-6964.


FWC Facts:
Five different species of snook inhabit Florida waters: common snook, small-scale fat snook, large-scale fat snook, swordspine snook and tarpon snook.

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