A premier largemouth bass fishery located in north Northeast Florida, covers 9,500 acres and is about 15 miles long. It is located south of Palatka off of Hwy 19. The reservoir was created in 1968 when an earthen dam was built across the Ocklawaha River. A four-gate spillway (Kirkpatrick Dam) controls the water levels of the reservoir. The reservoir from its headwaters at Eureka Dam to Paynes Landing consists of flooded woodlands. The transition section from Paynes Landing to Orange Springs consists of flooded standing timber and areas of floating vegetation. The pool section from Orange Springs to Kirkpatrick Dam, including the river channel and the Cross Florida Barge Canal, consists of floating and submersed vegetation, dead standing timber and submersed and partially submersed trees and stumps. The Barge Canal and river channel have water depths up to 30 feet deep. Submersed vegetation (hydrilla, coontail and eel grass) is common in the pool section of the reservoir. Drawdowns are conducted every three to four years on the reservoir for aquatic plant control and fish and wildlife habitat enhancement.
Gary's Tackle Box 352-372-1791.
Fishhound also offers a fishing forecast for Rodman Reservoir .
Note: Look out for floating logs. To prevent boating accidents during the drawdown, boaters are asked to watch their wake and be courteous to anglers fishing along the Barge Canal and river channel. For current information on the Rodman drawdown, please contact the Department of Environmental Protection at 352-236-7143.
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 Rodman Reservoir:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 269
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 58
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 2
Rodman Reservoir is an excellent fishing destination for largemouth bass and bream. With the hot summer months approaching, largemouth bass will generally move off the flats and seek deeper water. Largemouth bass anglers can have success fishing the river channel with deep crank baits and Carolina-rigged worms. Early morning and early evening topwater baits should provide strikes along the flats adjacent to the river channel from Orange Spring to Kirkpatrick Dam. Further upstream, deep bends are holding largemouth bass from Orange Springs to Eureka. Again, deep crank baits and Carolina-rigged worms are best baits. Bluegill and redear sunfish action is good in the vegetation mats along the Kenwood area, while redbreast sunfish can be caught upstream of Orange Springs in deep holes. Grass shrimp and crickets should be your best baits.