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:

Anglers have taken advantage of high water and plentiful fish at Newnans Lake. Reports of Black Crappie limits have continued to come in since the lake levels came back up. Most fish are currently in open water. Use jigs or minnows while drifting or trolling to have the best success. As water temperatures rise this spring, try moving up to the pads or bulrush to find spawning crappie. Once you get in them, stick around a while and continue to tighten that line – crappie usually bunch up at a good spawning site. The Earl P. Powers Park boat ramp off of SR 20 is currently inaccessible due to park damage from Hurricane Irma. Anglers wishing to launch a boat into Newnans Lake will need to use the ramps at Owen-Illinois Park off of CR 234 in Windsor. 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.


FWC Facts:
Two crappie species exist in Florida. Black crappie occur throughout the state, but white crappie occur in just two Panhandle rivers.

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