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.
With good amounts of winter rainfall, there should be plenty of water in this chain of lakes. Good reports of large bass have been reported from these lakes this spring. Flip soft plastic lures into holes in vegetation or fish a live golden shiner around cover to entice bass to strike. Anglers can also target bass in deeper areas with crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastics. Schooling bass can occasionally be found in open water and can be targeted with minnow-imitating lures. Bluegill fishing should be steady around aquatic vegetation using crickets, grass shrimp, or other natural baits. Panfish-seeking anglers should also fish deeper areas of the lake using earthworms on the bottom. You might need to keep moving to find fish of decent size and pick up enough for a fish fry. Catfish can be targeted near bridges, rip-rap, and deeper areas by using cut baits or stink baits fished on the bottom.