Newnans Lake (Alachua County)

Scenic photo of Newnans Lake

Alachua County

Newnans Lake (5,800 acres), designated as a Fish Management Area, is located about two miles east of Gainesville on Highway 20. The lake is surrounded by cypress trees that provide good angling when water levels are high. Sparse areas of emergent grasses, bulrush, and spatterdock (water lilies) are found around the shoreline of Newnans Lake. The most consistent fisheries on Newnans Lake are catfish and bream, and these can be caught year-round in deeper areas of the lake and the lake shoreline, respectively. For a map of local lake features click here.

For updated information please call:

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist, 352-955-3220, for tag information.

Gary's Tackle Box, 352-372-1791 for fishing information.

Current Forecast:

Water levels remain stable and near the cypress fringe around Newnans Lake due to the afternoon showers that occurred during the summer months.  Anglers may still be able to target the last of bedding bluegill during the full moon in October around the emergent grasses and bulrush.  The east shoreline from Powers boat ramp to Hatchet Creek is generally the most productive area, but Palm Point has been a hot spot as well.  Also, the crappie catches during the fall months could be an indicator of how successful the winter and spring catches will be.  Anglers should also be aware of tagged crappies in Newnans Lake for rewards.  If you catch a tagged crappie, call the number below to receive information on how to claim your reward:

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist:  352-955-3220.


FWC Facts:
Blue tilapia, or Nile perch, are mouth brooders, carrying fertilized eggs and fry in their mouths to protect them.

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