Marion County

Lake WeirLocated near Weirsdale, this 5,685-acre lake is somewhat atypical for a Florida lake, with an irregular bottom and depths exceeding 20 feet.  The FWC maintains 12 brush fish attractors which are successfully utilized by many anglers.  The attractors were refurbished with new brush in January 2010.  These attractors can be easily spotted by the large yellow marker buoys.  FWC is also experimenting with Fish-in-a-Barrel attractors (FIAB) on Lake Weir. These are PVC cubes surrounding PVC barrel halves that were designed to provide structure without snagging tackle.  These attractors are marked by yellow buoys with blue caps. For GPS coordinates for the attractors, contact our fisheries biologists at 352-732-1225.


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Popular fish species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link 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 Lake Weir:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 48

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 6


Current Forecast:

Largemouth bass will be lethargic in the warmer water of summer, with most active feeding occurring during the low light hours of sunrise, sunset and twilight. Focus your bass fishing in those time periods. Summer time at Lake Weir is a good time to catch big panfish. The fish are typically in the maidencane, or on the edge of it. Fishing with a worm on bottom near the edge of the vegetation is a good way to start. If this fails, try moving into the weeds with a cane pole and fishing with grass shrimp or crickets. Black Crappie fishing at Lake Weir is typically recognized as a cooler weather fishery, however, these fish have to eat during the summer months. Anglers have been successful with long-lining small jigs and trolling them at slow speeds (<1mph) in the deeper holes and drop offs. Use several rods and troll the jigs at different distances behind the boat which will help cover different depths. Once you find the fish, keep trolling the same area until the bite stops. Water levels are higher in Lake Weir than they have been in recent years. There are no known boat ramp closures at this time.


FWC Facts:
Tarpon are also known as silver kings, tarpum, cuffum and sábalos.

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