Lake County

Lake HarrisLake 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 External Website also offers a fishing forecast for the Harris Chain External Website.

 

Popular species:

Popular fish species

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 the Harris Chain of Lakes:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 52

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 5

 

 Current Forecast:

Fish attractors should work particularly well for shellcrackers.  Fishing on bottom near the rock attractors should produce some fish.  Red Wigglers work well for bottom fishing.  Also, you can target bluegill by locating beds around the shore near the vegetation.  Fishing with crickets, grass shrimp, or worms on a cane pole should work well.  You may get an occasional warmouth using this method.  Bass fishing is difficult in the summer.  Early and late anglers can catch some fish near shore using top-waters (i.e., buzz baits, devil’s horses, etc.).  Try fishing over the rock attractors, as these should hold baitfish in all seasons.  Some anglers do well in the summer by fishing shiners at night, and slow trolling along structure.  For the GPS locations of the rock attractors, contact the FWC regional fisheries staff at (352)732-1225.

 



FWC Facts:
American eels are considered to be catadromous, which means they live in fresh water and go to the sea to spawn.

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