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Fishing in Rodman Reservoir

When you hire a Rodman Reservoir fishing guide, know that you are in store for some huge bass. It doesn't matter if you book a full-day or half-day excursion, these waters can produce. Many in the state believe that this could be the location for the next state or world-record!
  • Known For

    Standing out in the state of Florida, enough to get recognized for fishing is a tough task. This 9,500-acre reservoir first set itself apart with a 17.2-pound largemouth bass caught in 2000. That big bass barely missed shocking the angling world and breaking the sunshine state's record. Rodman Reservoir bass fishing might be what puts it on the map, but a variety of fish species can be found swimming in its waters, such as Black Crappie, Bluegill, and Sunfish.

    This reservoir is also known as Lake Ocklawaha and is located in central Florida, on the northern edge of the Ocala National Forest and conveniently located near Gainesville, Florida. The Rodman Dam was built on the Ocklawaha River, and the rest is history! However, the dam that controls the water levels on the lake is actually the Kirkpatrick Dam.

  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    A freshwater fishing license is required for people 16 years old or older. The Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife makes it very reasonable to acquire a fishing license.

    A freshwater fishing license for residents costs $17, while a non-resident will need to buy one for $47. However, these are annual prices, and a traveling non-resident can take advantage of the 3-day fishing license for just $17.

    As always, check online with the state of Florida, for the latest rules and local requirements for the specific body of water you will be fishing.

  • Types of Fishing

    Trophy Bass fishing is what flocks anglers to this location. People usually have luck catching fish casting deep crankbaits along the river channel. The river channel has many flats between Eureka and Orange Springs, toss a topwater lure in the early morning or just as the sun goes down for some fast action. Orange Springs also provides access to some fantastic bank fishing.

    If its the right time of year for fish to be amongst structure, head to Paynes Landing and target the areas of the stump fields, hydrilla, and floating vegetation. Be careful as this area can have a lot of floating timber that can be dangerous to boaters.

    Black crappy fishing can be excellent too! Try trolling with live bait, such as minnows in the Kenwood area. Another type of fishing that can fill your cooler is trolling the barge canal for crappie.

  • Best Seasons to Fish

    Fishing Rodman Reservoir in November is the best time of year to catch the favorite amongst Florida's fish. A great way to find a huge bass is by using live bait. However, fishing guides on this lake will tell you this method takes some patience.

    As the weather starts to turn, bass will begin moving to their spawning areas, so casting a live gold shiner under some topwater vegetation is a widespread technique during this season. The fish will consume the live bait a little slower than artificial bait, so give it an extra second before you try and set the hook. Spinnerbaits and soft plastics lures are other options during this period.


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The Ocklawaha River is the primary source of water for Rodman Reservoir.

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