Marion County

Lake Weir

Located 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. If you would like to participate in an FWC survey of the fish attractors, or for GPS coordinates for the attractors, contact our fisheries biologists at 352-732-1225.

Current Forecast:

Lake Weir experienced a small fish kill in the summer of 2015, where Bluegill and Shellcracker were observed dying in small localized areas (due to toxic algae).  However, biologists examined the lake during November and December 2015 with electrofishing gear, and good numbers of bream species were located.  Look for bream in and around the grass lines using live bait such as grass shrimp or red worms.  Crappie can be found off-shore this time of year by drifting live minnows.  Use several rods fished at different depths until you locate the fish.

FWC Facts:
License fees for hunting and fishing (both freshwater and saltwater) are set by the Florida Legislature and are subject to change, along with stipulations on exemptions.

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