Marion & Putnam counties:
The Oklawaha River originates at the north end of Lake Griffin in Lake County. The upper reach is largely channelized but is in a natural condition for most of its length. Rodman Reservoir is a 16 mile impoundment lying between Highway 316 near Ft. McCoy to Highway 19 near Palatka. The river is again natural from the Rodman Dam to its confluence with the St. Johns River near Welaka.
Public boat ramps are at Moss Bluff off Highway 464, Ray-Davidson Park at Highway 40, Gores Landing off CR 415, Eureka East and West on Highway 316, Orange Springs, Kenwood Landing and Hog Valley on Rodman Reservoir, Rodman Dam off Highway 19 and Highway 19 south of the barge canal.
Catfishing at night during the warmer months can produce good results on this river. Chicken livers, live works, or even cut bait work well for channel cats. The bigger the bait, the bigger the catfish you will usually catch. Target deep holes, outside bends, or deeper creek mouths that have some type of additional cover (i.e., logs, aquatic plants, docks, etc.). Be patient if at first you don’t catch fish. Catfish hunt primarily using their sense of smell, so it may take them a little longer to locate your bait. Crappie can be found spawning around full moons in the later part of November and December. Fish near vegetation (particularly near lily pads) with minnows for best results. The old barge canal is always a good bet to target crappie, as well. Fish near fallen trees or pads with minnows.