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 levels on Newnans Lake have been up in the trees for over a year. This has provided some great fishing opportunities for lots of different species. After a heavy rain, try getting up into some flowing water and fish the tree line for a good bass bite. There just might be a bunch of bass in there feeding on shad. With the start of the crappie season just a couple of months away, there is still lots of time to catch some large bream. The bream should be around the pads, bulrush, emergent grasses, and other structure in the lake during these warmer months and great to fish for around a full moon. Also, catfish catches should be steady throughout the majority of the lake, especially near Palm Point. Use liver and worms for catfish, and try crickets and grass shrimp for 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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