Lakes & Marion counties:
There are approximately 600 natural lakes in the Ocala National Forest with lakes Bryant, Mill Dam, Kerr, Crooked, Wildcat, Lou Echo, Grasshopper, Eaton and Quarry Fish Pond being the most popular. A booklet titles "Fishing Opportunities in the Ocala National Forest" by the Ocala National Forest Interpretive Association is available at the Visitors Welcome Center at the intersection of S.R. 40 and C.R. 315. This booklet describes sport fishing locations, with recommendations for fishing methods and accessibility, as well as a topographic map.
Note: There is a slot and special bag limit on Lake Kerr. No person shall kill or possess any largemouth bass that is 15" or more in total length and less than 24 inches in total length. No person shall take in one day more than 3 largemouth bass of which only one may be 24" or longer in total length.
Note: Lake Wildcat has a special regulation requiring all largemouth bass to be released immediately.
As we move into February and March, the largemouth bass fishing should begin to peak. Fish will begin spawning when water temperatures reach 65 degrees. Fishing in the shallows where fish spawn can produce good results. Lake Kerr is a sure bet to catch lots of small fish, with the possibility of some giant bass. For more consistent catches of moderate to large sized bass, Lake Bryant, Wildcat Lake, or Seller’s Lake would be a good bet. Fishing in the shallows with soft plastics or weedless spinnerbaits can produce well. Lake Bryant was at one time a very productive crappie lake, but has fallen by the wayside for crappie fishing as of late. To give anglers something to fish for, FWC stocked sunshine bass into Lake Bryant in April 2012 and 2013. The fish should be about 3 pounds by now, and will continue to grow for several years. The best way to catch them is to locate a shad school, and fish just under the school, the sunshines are usually close by.