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. 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.

 

Popular species:

Popular fish species

 

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): 24

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 4

 

Current Forecast:

Spring electrofishing surveys show a fat and healthy population of bass, bluegill and other fish.  Anglers have been doing well fishing for bass.  A few spawning fish may be found in early April, but post-spawning fish should be located wherever emergent grass meets an underwater drop off.  Start by throwing some natural colored soft plastic baits (pumpkinseed or watermelon color).  As water temperatures warm up, try faster moving topwater and buzzbaits.

 



FWC Facts:
American eels spend 10 to 20 years in fresh or brackish waters only to migrate hundreds of miles to spawn in saltwater in the Atlantic’s Sargasso Sea.

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