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:

The water is in the trees and so are the fish. Anglers took advantage of the high lake levels this past winter and spring with reports of lots of Black Crappie being caught, with some of those weighing over two pounds. As the crappie fishery fades in the late spring, expect to get some nice bream bites. Catches of large bream should be common over the next several months during the full moons from April through September around pads, emergent grasses, and bulrushes. Also, catfish catches should be steady throughout the majority of the lake, especially near Palm Point. Use liver and worms for catfish, and try minnows and grass shrimp for crappies and bream. Both the Earl P. Powers Park boat ramp off of SR 20 and the Owen-Illinois Park ramp off of CR 234 in Windsor are open. Anglers should also be aware of tagged black crappie 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.

 



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