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

 

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 Suwannee Lake:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2

 

Current Forecast:

This lake is currently closed to the public.  The FWC is in the process of conducting an enhancement project that includes dewatering the lake.  An estimated 50,000 cubic yards of bottom organic matter is proposed to be removed from the southern lobe and areas around the northern half’s perimeter.   Deepening and construction of irregular contours will enhance the southern section along with native vegetation planting of maidencane and bulrush.  Improved bank access and parking area improvements will complement the bottom work.  Forage fish restocking will be followed by largemouth bass and the lake will reopen to public access in about one year.

STATUS REPORT:  The enhancement project is progressing on schedule. Sixty-thousand cubic yards of sediment were removed from the pond. The bottom was contoured to create islands in open water and brush fish attractors were installed. Forage and sport fish were stocked in fall 2014 and spring 2015, respectively. Fish included Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, and Florida strain Largemouth Bass. Native emergent vegetation including maidencane, bulrush, duck potato, and pickerelweed were planted in spring 2015. Additionally pond cypress trees were planted to replace dead and dying trees. Fishing access was enhanced through the renovation of the north fishing pier and underbrush along the western shore of the lake was cleared and mulched.

Some work still remains. Renovation of the south fishing pier and parking area has yet to be completed. Biologically it will take time for the stocked fish and plants to establish and grow so that Suwannee Lake can once again be a successful fishery.



FWC Facts:
In the past, snook were known as "soapfish" when some sections of the "soapy" tasting skin were left on the fillets due to poor cleaning practices.

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