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Lake Weir, FL

Popular Fish Species Lake Weir, FL

Lake Weir Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

As a long-standing, top bass fishing lake, Lake Weir continues to deliver great catches of largemouth bass for anglers. There is plenty of vegetation creating an environment to grow big schools of bait and grow trophy bass. Results by locals, and many bass fishing tournament participants, attest to the fact that fishing for largemouth bass has been as good as advertised. Many bass are caught around the fish attractors around the lake, marked by yellow buoys. A significant number of large bass also roam these waters for the added bonus of a potential lunker. Thorough fisheries management by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has maintained a quality bass fishery for some time now. Generally speaking, when the bite is good bass often move shallow and become fairly aggressive. Any time you find them shallow and they seem disinterested in your presentations, try slowing down and use smaller, lighter baits. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time fishing Lake Weir on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Fishing for largemouth bass is good here, year round.

Lake Weir Popular Fish - Bluegill

Bluegill Fishing

Fishing for bluegill is a time-honored pass-time at Lake Weir. Young and old, beginners and seasoned anglers alike, all enjoy catching a bunch of fat bluegill. This year, much like recent years, the bluegill population is healthy and always looking for something to eat. Bluegill fishing is as basic as fishing gets. Any pole, reasonably small line and small hooks baited with anything edible, creates the ideal setup. Add a bobber and you can set the depth you prefer the bait to position. Bluegill hang around brush, rocks, vegetation or any cover available.

Lake Weir Popular Fish - Black Crappie

Black Crappie Fishing

Black crappie reside in good numbers throughout Lake Weir, and they are averaging a very good size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent and they are running in sizeable schools. Crappie can often be found around the fish attractors throughout the lake, marked by yellow buoys. The best time to catch crappie tends to be at dawn and dusk. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. White crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish at Lake Weir in Florida.

Lake Weir Fishing Video

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A nice place to vacation, ideal for boat parties and an excellent destination for quality fishing, Lake Weir is the place to be. This is a 5,700-acre lake located in the middle-western part of the state, at Ocklawaha.

Lake Weir, located in Marion County, Florida, is a picturesque lake known for its diverse fishing opportunities. Anglers flock to Lake Weir in search of popular fish species such as bass, crappie, and sunfish, making it a favorite destination for both recreational and tournament fishing.

Bass fishing is particularly popular on Lake Weir, with the prized Florida strain largemouth bass abundant in its waters. The lake's structure, including submerged vegetation, docks, and submerged timber, provides excellent hiding spots for bass, offering anglers a chance to reel in some impressive catches. Anglers often employ a variety of techniques such as topwater lures, soft plastics, or crankbaits to entice these powerful game fish.

Crappie, also known as speckled perch, are highly sought after by anglers on Lake Weir. The lake is known for its healthy crappie population, with both black crappie and white crappie being abundant. Anglers typically target crappie near submerged structures, such as brush piles, fallen trees, or docks. Small jigs, live minnows, or crappie-specific baits are commonly used to entice these tasty fish.

Sunfish, including bluegill and redear sunfish, are abundant in Lake Weir and provide excellent angling opportunities, especially for families and young anglers. These species can be caught using simple tackle setups, such as a small hook, bobber, and worms or crickets as bait. They are often found near the shoreline, around docks, or near vegetation, making them easily accessible for anglers of all skill levels.

Anglers fishing on Lake Weir should familiarize themselves with the fishing regulations and licensing requirements set by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Adhering to these regulations ensures the sustainability of the fishery and the preservation of the lake's ecosystem.

Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting out, Lake Weir in Florida offers a rewarding fishing experience. With its diverse fish species, beautiful surroundings, and options for boating and camping, it is a great destination to enjoy a day of fishing and create lasting memories on the water.

Giant bass and fat crappie are the primary targets here, plus there is good fishing for bluegill and sunfish. The lake is wrapped in about fifteen miles of shoreline, much of which is developed with homes and boat docks, while some areas are sandy beaches with vegetation. Boating access is via Carney Island Boat Ramp which is mid lake on the west side, at Carney Island Recreation Area on the northwest corner, and Hope Boat Ramps in the southwest corner of the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Weir

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Largemouth bass Black crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish

Lake Weir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NEARBY
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Lake Weir offers ample opportunities for boating, with public boat ramps available for easy access to the lake. Boaters can explore the scenic lake, find their favorite fishing spots, and enjoy a relaxing day on the water. Additionally, camping facilities are available nearby, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the peaceful natural surroundings.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Carney Island Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off SE 115th Avenue, this is a six-lane, concrete ramp with docks and lots of paved parking.

Hope Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, south side, off SE 115th Avenue, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Lake Weir

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Fishing License

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Southern Oaks RV Resort - 352 347-2550

Sunkissed Village RV Resort - 352 480-5000

Grand Oaks RV Park - 352 750-5500

No campgrounds at, or nearby the lake.

Lake Weir FL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Weir
Carney Island Recreation & Conservation Area
13275 SE 115th Ave
Ocklawaha, FL 32179
352 671-8560


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