Marion & Putnam counties
The Oklawaha River originates at the north end of Lake Griffin in Lake County. The upper reach is largely channelized but is in a natural condition for most of its length. Rodman Reservoir is a 16 mile impoundment lying between Highway 316 near Ft. McCoy to Highway 19 near Palatka. The river is again natural from the Rodman Dam to its confluence with the St. Johns River near Welaka.
Public boat ramps are at Moss Bluff off Highway 464, Ray-Davidson Park at Highway 40, Gores Landing off CR 415, Eureka East and West on Highway 316, Orange Springs, Kenwood Landing and Hog Valley on Rodman Reservoir, Rodman Dam off Highway 19 and Highway 19 south of the barge canal.
The Oklawaha River presents an excellent opportunity to catch panfish. When fishing here, anglers can catch redbreast sunfish, which only reside in rivers and creeks. Anglers also have the opportunity to catch stumpknockers in abundance. The best way to fish in the river is to find structure, which can come in the form of fallen trees, vegetation, deep holes, or tree roots. A good method is to fish a worm on bottom using a small hook and enough split shot to hold the bait still. Keep the line tight and watch for the pole to twitch to determine when you have a bite. The entire river is typically good for this type of fishing. Catfishing is often good in the deep holes in the river bends, especially if there is a downed tree in the hole. Fish these areas with cut-bait or chicken livers. Bass fishing is also good on the Oklawaha River. Looking for structure is important. Bass also like to hang around docks, or any trees that provide shade as the water heats up. Due to low water, the best place to launch right now is Eureka (east ramp is the best). There is also a pier at Eureka to provide good shoreline angling opportunity. Use caution on the river, for it is currently very near flood stage.