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Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, spotted sunfish, white bass, striped bass, bowfin and longnose gar at Tsala Apopka Lake in Florida.
Tsala Apopka Lake, FL

Tsala Apopka Lake is a 19,100-acre lake located in the northern part of the peninsula on the western edge, at Hernando, Florida. This is actually a chain of lakes within a marsh area which covers an area of approximately sixty square miles. The Withlacoochee River is the primary water source for the chain of lakes. Primary access to the lake is off Highways 44, 45 and 48 east of the town of Inverness.

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Fishing At Tsala Apopka Lake

Tsala Apopka Lake, located in Citrus County, Florida, is a prime destination for anglers looking for a diverse fishing experience. Spanning over 19,000 acres, this natural freshwater lake offers abundant fishing opportunities for various popular fish species.

Bass fishing is a major attraction on Tsala Apopka Lake. Anglers can target both largemouth and smallmouth bass, with largemouth being the most prevalent. The lake's extensive vegetation, including lily pads, hydrilla, and submerged grasses, provides excellent cover and feeding grounds for bass. Anglers can employ a variety of techniques such as flipping, pitching, or topwater fishing to entice the bass into biting.

Catfish, including channel catfish and bullhead catfish, are also abundant in Tsala Apopka Lake. Anglers can find them in the lake's deeper areas, around submerged structures, and near channels. Fishing with cut bait, stink baits, or live bait can yield great catches of catfish.

Crappie, or speckled perch as they are commonly called in Florida, are highly sought after in Tsala Apopka Lake. Anglers can find them near submerged structures such as fallen trees, brush piles, or bridge pilings. Fishing with jigs, live minnows, or small crappie baits can be productive, especially during the cooler months when crappie are more active.

Sunfish, including bluegill and redear sunfish, provide fun and accessible fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages. These colorful panfish can be caught near the lake's shoreline, around vegetation, or near submerged structures. Fishing with small hooks baited with worms, crickets, or small pieces of bread can result in a day of constant sunfish action.

The lake is generally shallow with dense vegetation, and offers a variety of species to pursue. Plenty of cover can make finding the fish difficult, especially in warm-water conditions. However there are over 20 miles of shoreline to explore and fish. The lake has populations of bass, crappie, white bass, stripers, catfish, gar, bowfin and numerous sunfish. Local fishing guides offer various fishing excursions on Lake Apopka.

Tsala Apopka Lake in Florida is a fantastic fishing destination, offering abundant opportunities for anglers to catch bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish, white bass, and striped bass. The lake's diverse habitat and ample fishing spots make it an ideal location for both experienced anglers and beginners. Boating and camping facilities further enhance the overall fishing experience, making Tsala Apopka Lake a must-visit destination for anglers looking to enjoy Florida's freshwater fishing opportunities.

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Primary fish species residing in Tsala Apopka Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish White catfish Black crappie Bluegill Redbreast Sunfish Redear Sunfish Spotted Sunfish White Bass Striped bass Bowfin Longnose gar

Bass Fishing At Tsala Apopka Lake

The lake has a steady population of small bass, but lunkers are rare. This is a good lake for quantity over quality. Fish weedless lures in and around the vegetation, and topwater lures and frogs on the surface above it. If you prefer to fish for bigger fish, seek out deeper water with drop offs near creek channels. Flowing water is often a key factor in locating bass, as they lay in wait for bait to move by in the current.

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Tsala Apopka Lake Amenities

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

Today's Weather & Forecast

Average Weather

Average high and average low, monthly temperatures at Tsala Apopka Lake.

  • January 70° - 42°
  • February 73° - 45°
  • March 78° - 50°
  • April 83° - 54°
  • May 89° - 61°
  • June 92° - 69°
  • July 92° - 71°
  • August 90° - 69°
  • September 90° - 69°
  • October 85° - 61°
  • November 80° - 52°
  • December 73° - 44°

Tsala Apopka Lake also offers boating and camping opportunities. Anglers can explore the lake's various fishing spots and navigate through its channels and coves. The lake is well-suited for both motorized boats and kayaks, allowing anglers to access different areas. Camping facilities are available around the lake, providing anglers with the option to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Tsala Apopka Lake.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Orlando Boat Rentals
Rentals: Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
407 448-3427

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Magnolia Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off S Binion Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Click here for a Florida Fishing License.

Camping, Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Cove Pub Restaurant & Campground - 352 344-5894

Lost Prairie Campground - 352 732-2606

Turner Fish Camp - 352 726-0085

Tsala Apopka Lake Information

Marinas & Boat Slips

Boat Slips At Wynnhaven Riverside RV Park - 352 793-4744

Boat, Houseboat & Jet Ski Rental

Watsons Fish Camp & Boat Rental - 352 726-2225

Rentals & Lodging Nearby Tsala Apopka Lake

Choose from a variety of lodging accommodations on the lake as well as more options in nearby Inverness, Florida - just minutes away.


Thousand Palms Resort - 352 748-2237

Cabin Rentals

Riverside Lodge Cabins & RV Park - 352 726-2002

Hotels, Motels & Vacation Rentals

Riverside Lodge RV Resort & Cabins - 352 726-2002

Real Estate, Homes & Property

Landmark Realty - 352 726-5263

Tsala Apopka Lake FL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Tsala Apopka Lake
Orlando NW, Orange Blossom KOA
3800 W Orange Blossom Trail
Apopka, FL 32712
407 886-3260


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