Suwannee Lake (Suwannee County)

Suwannee County

Scenic photo of Suwannee Lake and fishing pier

This 63-acre man-made, state-owned impoundment is filled with cypress trees and largemouth bass. It is a Fish Management Area and a license is required. Two fishing piers, one fully handicapped accessible, and several earthen fishing fingers provide boatless angling opportunities. The lake is shallow around the edge with good vegetative cover and several old sink-holes out in the trees providing deep cover. Perennial tactics, depending on the season, include pitching jigs and spinners up into "no-man's land"--the brush around the edge, shiner fishing in winter and very early spring, cranking shiner imitators between the trees, and fishing topwater lures and dark plastic worms anywhere. Good fishing for bluegill and redear sunfish occurs during spring and summer.

Note:  Special harvest regulations are in place on Suwannee Lake. Minimum size limits of 10 inches for crappie and 18 inches for largemouth bass allow more fish to grow to desirable sizes.

Local contacts: Greens Marine, Lake City 386-755-5390; Rooster's Outfitters 386-397-2724

Current Forecast:

At this time, Suwannee Lake is still closed to public access as FWC continues with a habitat enhancement project that began in 2013.  This project includes drawing the lake down, removing bottom sediments, lake bottom sculpting with heavy equipment, native vegetation planting, and re-stocking with native fish.  Improvements to bank fishing areas and the parking lot are also in the works.

FWC Facts:
Recreational licenses and permits are sold at county tax collectors' offices – and at retailers that sell hunting or fishing equipment, online and by phone.

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