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.
Lake Weir is a perennial destination to catch crappie, and this year is no exception. Fishing on the brush attractors (marked by yellow buoys) is the easiest and best way to catch crappie. The brush attractors are mostly in water between 15 and 25 feet deep. The best way to catch crappie is to use a minnow under a slip cork. Fish the minnow at various depths until you find the depth at which fish are hitting. Never go deeper than around 5 feet from the bottom or you risk getting tangled in the brush. Also, there are many old, unmarked attractors scattered throughout the lake. If you have a sonar unit, spending some time searching the open water could pay off if you find some old brush.