Lake Tsala Apopka is 19,111 acres of shallow, heavily vegetated marshes intermingled with open water pools. Water control structures separate the lake into three main pools named after nearby towns: Floral City, Inverness and Hernando.
Public boat ramps are available 1/4 mile east of the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and S.R. 200 (Hernando Pool); 1-1/4 mile east of City of Inverness on S.R. 470 (Inverness Pool); and on Duval Island Road off C.R. 48, one mile east of U.S. Highway 41 (Floral City Pool).
Local Contacts: River Land Bait and Tackle (352-465-2755) for more up-to-date information.
Target submerged willow tree bases for these sanctuaries are known holdouts for largemouth bass. Lightly weighted Texas-rigged rubber worms or crayfish imitations will allow anglers to flip baits within the security of these shaded environs. Black crappie fishing picks up this time of year and many successful anglers dip minnows close to lily pads early in this quarter. Casting white plastic grubs at the edge of maidencane grass seems to work also. If water clarity is high, use a smaller diameter tippet to hide your line from discerning fish eyes. If the conditions are windy, focus your efforts on the shores where the chop is breaking as this seems to be where hungry bass will wait for plankton eating forage fish.