Lake Harris is an 13,788 acre lake located south and east of the City of Leesburg. Access to the lake is from Singletary Park on the outskirts of Leesburg on U.S. Hwy 27, at a City of Leesburg boat ramp in Venetian Gardens off of SR 44 (Dixie Avenue), at the Hickory Point recreational area ($2.00 fee per vehicle) on SR 19 south of Tavares, and in Astatula at a ramp on Florida Avenue west of C.R. 561. Lake Harris Lodge (352-343-4111) is a fish camp located on Lake Harris off of US Hwy 19 south of Tavares, and Palm Gardens (352-343-2024) is located on US Hwy 441 near Tavares.
Fishhound also offers a fishing forecast for the Harris Chain .
TrophyCatch 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 the Harris Chain of Lakes:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 31
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 4
Now that the weather and water temperatures are cooling, crappie anglers should be able to find fish off-shore. While drifting crappie minnows over deeper drop-offs produces results, anglers should also target one of several FWC fish attractors marked by a yellow buoy. Hybrid striped bass (sunshine bass) will also pick up during the fall. Look for balls of shad on your depth-finder as you cruise over deep holes. Crappie minnows fished at different depths will help you locate the fish. Largemouth bass fishing will also become more productive as water temperatures cool. Look for prespawning bass along the shorelines along weed edges.