Kenansville Lake - formerly Blue Cypress Reservoir

Indian River County

Kenansville LakeKenansville Lake is a shallow 2,500- acre impoundment with an average water depth of 3 feet. This area was cattle pasture prior to flooding in 1993. Boaters, especially those unfamiliar with this water body, should navigate with caution as there are rows of submerged fence posts throughout the lake. Interior levees are also located at the north, center and south areas of the lake. A single lane concrete boat ramp is the only facility on the site. The town of Kenansville is the closest place to obtain gas, food and bait. Although most anglers fish this area by boat, bank fishing is available along the access canal and north end of the lake for those willing to walk or ride a bicycle to those areas. The most popular fish species include: black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and catfish.

Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be released immediately under the special no-harvest regulation.


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Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link 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 Kenansville Lake:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 114

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 17

Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1


 Current Forecast:

Hurricane Irma removed a lot of the hydrilla in the north half of the lake but there is still plenty around and it is growing back quickly. The north half has also been experiencing an algae bloom which reduces visibility a lot in affected areas. Hydrilla coverage was thick in the south half and the water has been much clearer there. Hydrilla levels and floating plants are expected to increase during this quarter as the water temperature rises but anglers who don’t mind navigating and fishing in heavy cover should still be able to catch fish. Last quarter fish were concentrated in the central east half of the lake, along the north and south sides of the old east-west drainage canal. Targeting well defined edges of heavy vegetation adjacent to larger open pools with weedless plastic worms, craws and jig should produce a bite. Remember that Kenansville Lake is catch-and-release only for largemouth bass.

Bluegill and redear sunfish action on this lake should be coming into full swing, but anglers are going to have to find out where these panfish are concentrating which becomes more challenging with all the hydrilla. Bluegill beds holding some impressive fish were observed along many of the submerged berms during the very warm weather in February. They should be back there as soon as the water temperature approach the upper 70s again. Although many panfish anglers use artificial lures, live crickets are known for producing some of the better catches. There were no black crappie catches reported during the previous quarter but angler should still be able to catch a few in the deeper water of the eastern and northern perimeter canals. Crappie may also congregate around and under the hydrilla and floating plants making fish difficult to locate. Small jigs and live minnows fished with a jigging pole or ultralight spinning gear will both work.


FWC Facts:
Four species of black bass occur in Florida's fresh waters. The most popular is the Florida largemouth bass, which can grow to larger than 20 pounds.

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