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.
Black crappie (speckled perch) school together and are easier to target once located during this season; in February they begin seeking shallower water for spawning. Hernando Pool holds respectable numbers of specks and other panfish. Seek largemouth bass in shallow water during warmer less windy days and fish for them deeper during intermittent cold snaps. Normally water clarity is higher in the winter months because algae are growing slower. Therefore, some surface chop on the water might not be a bad thing concerning spooky fish. On those windy days fish the shorelines where forage items have been concentrated by wind and wave action. Windblown plankton and small invertebrates attract forage fish, which attract predators.