Suwannee County

Suwannee LakeThis 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:  A special harvest regulations is in place on Suwannee Lake. Minimum size limit of 10 inches for crappie allows 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): 11

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 2


Current Forecast:

This lake reopened on the 22nd of June to the public.  There are several fishing points, as well as three fishing piers for shoreline fishermen.  There is a concrete boat ramp for boaters.  The fish are doing well and are numerous.  There will be a platform sign showing how the fish attractors are distributed with GPS coordinates for each.  The bream are still biting and can be caught close to shore using live bait or bright colored small spinners.  The bass are well disbursed across the lake and can be caught using live shiners or top water spinners and rattle traps. Quite a few Brown Bullhead catfish have been caught using cut bait or worms fished on the bottom.

STATUS REPORT: The enhancement project is completed.  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.

FWC Facts:
Help remove nonnative lionfish from Florida waters to limit negative impacts to native fish and wildlife. They can be speared, caught in hand-held nets or on hook and line.

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