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


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:

Water levels are once again plummeting on Newnans Lake due to dry conditions during the winter months. Anglers that were relying on a steady speckled perch, bream, and even largemouth bass bite have reluctantly sought other waters to tighten their lines. For those that don’t mind fishing in muddy and shallow waters, the north end of the lake in the lily pads has been a popular area for black crappie and bream. As the water temperature starts to warm during April, crappie will move back to the open water 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. Anglers can also start setting their sights on bedding bream during the next few months. Anglers can target bedding bream during the full moons from April through September around pads, emergent grasses, and bulrush using grass shrimp or minnows floating underneath a cork. Finally, Newnans Lake has received little attention from Largemouth Bass anglers in the last few years, but recent surveys suggest that it’s worth a shot to try your luck at landing some chunky bass that are quietly going undetected. The bulrush clumps along the east shore and the area near Prairie Creek are areas where good numbers of Largemouth Bass have been surveyed. Artificial baits that are fished weedless along heavy cover are worth a try.

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist: 352-955-3220.


FWC Facts:
Research has shown that many species of fishes, crustaceans and shellfish depend on seagrass meadows for habitat.

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