Suwannee Lake (Suwannee County)

Scenic photo of Suwannee Lake and fishing pier

Suwannee County

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 904-755-5390

Powell's Bait & Tackle, White Springs 386-397-2500

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:  Progress has been slow but steady.  Offsite disposal properties of scraped organic muck have been identified.  The open bidding process is complete and an excavation contractor has been selected.  It is likely this project will not be completed by the end of fiscal year 2014 (June 30).

FWC Facts:
White and brown shrimp depend on estuaries as nursery habitats, leaving when they reach 4-5 inches in length. This “shrimp run” occurs in late summer or early fall.

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