Indian River County
Kenansville 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.
Water levels are down and hydrilla coverage running around 90% right now makes it is difficult to say how the lake will fish during the Jul-Sept period. Bass fishing was fairly consistent throughout the winter into the early summer period. So far, water managers seem to have the floating vegetation under control but with the rainy season upon us conditions can change quickly. Last year we know that access to the lake was blocked on numerous occasions. This can be a real disappointment for anglers who have driven considerable distance to go fishing. With this in mind, anglers coming to fish the lake should have a backup fishing lake, be that lakes Marian, Jackson, Cypress or other nearby lake.
Bass fishing usually drops off dramatically during the summer months but anglers targeting bluegill and redear sunfish should be able to locate fair numbers of these panfish adjacent to levees and along submerged canal berms throughout the lake. Anglers may have to spend more time trying to pattern fish with all the hydrilla present throughout the lake. Past electrofishing has shown most major sportfish species will likely be attracted to the hydrilla in the deeper waters along the eastern half of the lake. For bluegill live crickets will to be responsible for producing some of the better catches compared to anglers using artificials. Black crappie anglers may want to begin by drifting live minnows slowly under a small float in the deeper waters along the north and east side of the lake but anglers may have to resort to targeting them in holes and along the edges of hydrilla.