Levy and Citrus Counties:
An impoundment of the Withlacoochee River, as part of the original Cross Florida Barge Canal project, this large lake is full of cypress trees, hyacinth and pennywort islands and sometimes hydrilla. Abundant cover and structure grow plenty of bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish, black crappie and largemouth bass. The deeper river channel is always good to locate and fish underwater bends. The rest of the lake is referred to as the "flats" or the backwaters.
Big Bass Village 352-447-3474, toll free 1-877-463-4742
Lake Rousseau RV Park/Fishing Resort 352-795-6336, lakerousseaurvpark.com
Dunnellon Bait and Tackle 352-465-2755
A late February largemouth bass survey showed strong numbers of quality sized fish ranging between 2-5 lbs. Spawning activities have begun with males building nests and anxious females holding nearby. Coontail, hydrilla, and eelgrass amounts are ideal for angling over, in, and around. Reports from tournament anglers have been very encouraging with many bass being caught in less than one foot of water. Forage species such as bluegill and redear sunfish numbers appear strong and balanced. Water is clear to the bottom in ten feet or less so consider low light conditions or even night fishing as temperatures warm.