Ocala National Forest Lakes

Lakes & Marion counties

Ocala National Forest Wildcat Lake

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.

 Current Forecast:

Biologists are still working to determine the extent of the fish kill that occurred on Lake Bryant in December, 2014.  Although the fish population in Lake Bryant may be down, nearby lakes throughout the Ocala National Forest provide ample opportunity to fish for trophy Largemouth Bass.  Wildcat Lake off of Hwy 40 east of Ocala has been known to produce largemouth in the 13 pounds or larger size-class.  The lake has a catch and release only regulation for largemouth bass to help protect from the harvest of trophy-size fish.




FWC Facts:
The bowfin, or mudfish, is a ‘living fossil’ and is the only freshwater fish with a gular bone, a bony plate on the exterior of the lower jaw between the two jawbones.

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