Tsala Apopka Chain (Citrus County)

Scenic photo of Inverness Pool, part of the Tsala Apopka Chain.

Citrus County

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.

 Current Forecast:

Water levels are as high as ever throughout the chain.  Largemouth bass have begun bedding activity and this should be expected to increase as the quarter gets underway.  A recent FWC bass survey conducted showed both males and females in the shallows.  The Floral City Pool revealed the most abundant and largest bass out of the three primary pools with Big Henderson second and Hernando third.  In fact three bass over eight pounds were tagged with reward tags in Floral City.  Some black crappie were observed in the maidencane fringe indicating movement from the deeper, lake ward areas to their spawning habitat.  Hard bottom areas like under the bridges and associated rip-rap yielded the most abundant concentrations of bluegill and other panfish.

FWC Facts:
Some snook spend more time in fresh water than saltwater.

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