In the late fall and winter, look for largemouth bass to be moving into shallower water as the spawn nears. Flip soft plastic lures into holes in vegetation or fish a live golden shiner around cover to entice bass to strike. It’s hard to say if one lake in the chain will be better than others. Interested anglers should seek in- formation from local tackle shops.
Bluegill fishing should be steady around aquatic vegetation using crickets, grass shrimp, or other natural baits. You might need to keep moving to find fish of decent size. Catfish can be targeted near bridges and rip-rap by using cut baits or stink baits fished on the bottom.
Swim with the Manatees
Nearby, Crystal River and Homosassa offer a once in a lifetime excursion to swim with the manatees. Many local dive shops offer boat rentals and manatee tours where you can actually swim and snorkel with the manatees, they supply all the gear you need.
Withlacoochee State Trail
At 46 miles in length, the Withlacoochee State Trail is presently one of the the longest paved rail-trails in Florida. With a generally flat terrain and many access points, the trail is an ideal venue for all skill and fitness levels of cycling, running, walking and skating an unpaved equestrian trail parallels portions of the paved trail. The trail corridor traverses three counties (Citrus, Hernando and Pasco), offering an enjoyable, varied journey as it runs through small towns, ranches and six distinct natural communities between Citrus Springs and Dade City. Officially designated as part of the Florida Greenways and Trail System, this State Trail is also a National Recreation Trail which offers rich opportunities for viewing plants & wildlife and provides access to many other outstanding recreational opportunities. Among the recreational highlights nearby are the unpaved trails in the Croom area of the Withlacoochee State Forest, the Withlacoochee River (South) Canoe Trail and Fort Cooper State Park.