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.
Black crappie anglers poured into Newnans Lake for the spawn in February and had tremendous success at catching large and good quantities of fish. The black crappie bite slowed down slightly during March, but as the water starts to warm during April, black crappies will move back to the open water portions of the lake. Anglers can also start setting their sights on bedding bream during the next few months. Anglers can target bedding bluegill during the full moons from April through September around pads, emergent grasses, and bulrush. Anglers should be aware of tagged black crappies with 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.