Great Fishing Spots

The Information below was graciously provided by:
ERIC FLYNT (Bubba) THOMAS, Biological Scientist III with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Thanks for an expert’s opinion on where they bite around here!

Lake Bryant


Bryant offers a diversity of angling opportunities. Anglers can catch largemouth bass, bluegill, and redear sunfish in abundance. Hybrid striped bass (sunshine bass) were stocked into the lake in the spring of 2012, and will reach catchable size by 2013. Fishing for bass is best in the early spring. Bluegill fishing is best from late spring throughout the summer. Redear sunfish fishing is best in late spring. Lake Bryant is the most easily accessible lake along the byway, with a free public ramp. The ramp is located on SE 183rd Avenue Road, 2 miles south of SR 40.

Links: Lake Bryant


Wildcat Lake


Wildcat Lake is an excellent place to target trophy largemouth bass. Wildcat Lake has a catch and release only regulation for bass, so all bass caught must be immediatelty released. This regulation has allowed Wildcat Lake to maintain good numbers of big bass for people to enjoy. There is a very convenient ramp located on SR 40 just east of the intersection with SR 19. There is a launch fee to use this ramp.

Links: Wildcat Lake


Lake George


Lake George is one of the largest lakes in Florida. It is an excellent place to catch a variety of fish species. Lake George routinely has excellent fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and redear sunfish. Some times of the year are also good for sunshine bass and even striped bass. The unique thing about Lake George is that it is connected to the ocean. Some anglers have caught stingrays, redfish, and even sharks fishing on Lake George!

Links: Volusia Wharf Boat Ramp


Lake Kerr


Lake Kerr presents an opportunity to catch large numbers of bass. Lake Kerr has an abundance of small bass, making catching bass on Lake Kerr relatively easy. A special regulation is in effect on Lake Kerr. All bass between 15 and 24 inches must be released immediately. Only three bass may be kept per person per day, only one of which may be over 24 inches in length. Free public access is available at Moorehead Park on the west side of the lake (off of Forest Service Road 11).

Links: Lake Kerr


St Johns River


The St Johns River is a large river that has diverse year round opportunities for fishing. Anglers can readily catch largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, hybrid striped bass, striped bass, or mullet along this river. The two major access points fot the river are in the city of Palatka and in the town of Astor. The river is especially popular with bass anglers, and has a history of producing high quality largemouth bass.

Links: St. Johns River, St. Johns Riverkeeper


Oklawaha River


The Oklawaha River is a popular spot for people seeking to catch fish in the Ocala area. Spring time provides anglers with opportunities to catch redear sunfish, bluegill, and redbreast sunfish in abundance. The summer time can be a good time to catch channel catfish in the deep holes, especially at night. The best place to access the river is at the bridge at SR-19. The ramp is steep, so caution must be exercised.

Links: Oklawaha River