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): 45
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 4
The weather so far this year has been warmer than normal, creating ideal conditions for early bass spawning in Central Florida. When spawning begins, fish can be found in vegetation in less than 3 feet of water, typically near ledges, drop offs or some other structural habitat. Look for spawning fish during stable warm weather conditions – especially around the new and full moon phases. Later in the season, if the beds are empty, flipping in nearby heavy cover or along deep edges of the grass can produce results. In spring of 2016, FWC stocked over a half-million sunshine bass into the Harris Chain. Sunshine bass can be found in and around the Gourdneck Springs area of Lake Apopka, and the deeper holes of Lakes Harris and Eustis. Fish on cold days or during the low light hours. Target these fish near schools of threadfin shad with small swim baits, crankbaits or live minnows.