Marion County:

Located near Weirsdale, this 5,685-acre lake is somewhat atypical for a Florida lake, with an irregular bottom and depths exceeding 20 feet.  The FWC maintains 12 brush fish attractors which are successfully utilized by many anglers.  The attractors were refurbished with new brush in January 2010.  These attractors can be easily spotted by the large yellow marker buoys.  FWC is also experimenting with Fish-in-a-Barrel attractors (FIAB) on Lake Weir. These are PVC cubes surrounding PVC barrel halves that were designed to provide structure without snagging tackle.  These attractors are marked by yellow buoys with blue caps. If you would like to participate in an FWC survey of the fish attractors, or for GPS coordinates for the attractors, contact our fisheries biologists at 352-732-1225.

Current Forecast:

Lake Weir is a good choice to catch big panfish.  The fish are typically in the maidencane or on the edge of it.  Fishing with a worm on bottom near the edge of the maidencane is a good way to start.  If this fails, try moving into the weeds with a cane pole and fishing with grass shrimp.  Fishing over the fish attractors in Lake Weir can also produce some bass, according to local anglers.  The water at Lake Weir is extremely low, and there is a high risk of destroying trailers, especially at the Carney Island ramp.  The best bet at Carney Island is to launch only small boats that can be and loaded.  The end of the ramp is clearly marked; do not go past the signs.  The Hope Park ramp (on Sunset Harbor Road, just north of County Road 42) is open, but use caution due to extreme low water.  Use caution when boating on Lake Weir.

FWC Facts:
The life expectancy for Gulf sturgeon is 20-42 years. The oldest age documented for a tagged and recaptured Suwannee River Gulf sturgeon is about 27-28 years.

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