Newnans Lake (Alachua County)

Scenic photo of Newnans Lake

Alachua County

Newnans 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 a map of local lake features click here.

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.

Current Forecast:

Water levels remain stable and near the cypress fringe around Newnans Lake due to the afternoon showers that occurred during the summer and fall months.  A good black crappie bite during October and November brought anglers to the lake who were rewarded with large fish compared to the average size in other nearby lakes. The east shoreline from Powers boat ramp to Hatchet Creek has generally been the most productive area, but Palm Point has been a hot spot as well.  Anglers should target crappies with grass shrimp or minnows near shore as the water temperature declines.  Anglers should also be aware of tagged crappies in Newnans Lake for 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:
It is common for closely related species such as bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) to hybridize or spawn with each other.

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