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.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch 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:

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. Areas with sparse to moderate clumps of lily pads at the north end of the lake and the submersed willow snags near Prairie Creek are areas where good numbers of Largemouth Bass have been surveyed.  Anglers may also still be able to target the last of bedding bluegill during the full moon in October around the emergent grasses and bulrush.  The east shoreline from Powers boat ramp to Hatchet Creek is generally the most productive area, but Palm Point has been a hot spot as well.  Also, the crappie catches during the fall months could be an indicator of how successful the winter and spring catches will be.  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:  352-955-3220.


FWC Facts:
Otoliths, commonly known as "ear stones," are hard, bone-like structures located directly behind the brain of bony fishes. These structures aid fish in balance and hearing.

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