Eustis, located in Central Florida's Lake County is approximately
4 miles long and 3 miles wide. Covering 7,833 acres of
water, it stretches from the City of Eustis to Highway 441 in
Tavares. The lake averages about 10 feet deep with a deep hole on
the south end just offshore of Lakeshore Drive. Lake Eustis is the
center lake in the Harris Chain with easy access to all the other
lakes. Lake Eustis is also the location of the popular Buzzard
Beach boat ramp where many local tournaments go out of. The
Sunday Palm Gardens Tournament is a tradition with locals and has
been held each Sunday for at least 15 years. Winning one of
these tournaments is quite a feat as local anglers are very
knowledgeable and tough competitors.
The lake is more
developed than the other Harris Chain lakes with lakefront homes
almost totally surrounding the shoreline. Lake Eustis and Lake
Harris have the best water quality in the Chain. Numerous
residential canals around Lake Eustis provide year round action
and shelter from the weather in the colder months. The City
of Eustis maintains a public boat ramp on Lakeshore Drive just
south of downtown.
Where to Fish in Lake
The numerous Lake Eustis canals
hold fish year round and can always be counted upon to produce
fish. Casting Texas rigged worms is the most productive with top
water, crankbaits and spinner baits producing larger bass. In
April, the main lake fish turn on and flipping the eastern
shoreline produces many tournament wins. Start at the Eustis City
ramp and flip south until you find the fish. Casting plastic
around the numerous boat docks on the west side of the lake just
south of Haines Creek also produces consistent action.
The famous Gator Hole
is located in the back of Goose Prairie on the north west side of
the lake. The area is a round 200 foot hole in the grass
averaging about 12-15 feet deep filled with stumps and structure.
Huge bass inhabit this hole and are usually caught by dragging
large worms very slowly along the bottom. It takes a lot of
patience to fish this slow, but the rewards are worth it. Numerous
10 pound plus fish have been taken this way.
The weedy bay
directly outside of the Dead River can be productive at times, as
well as the pads directly in front of the Grand Island Canals. All
of the boat docks in Lake Eustis hold fish with some better than
others. The Springwood Landing dock on the east side is one
of the better locations.
In the late spring,
bass can be caught around the Eustis Lake Walk and in front of the
City of Eustis swimming pool.
On the southeast side
of the lake is a large offshore shell bed that holds bass. Look
for numerous boats in the area as this shell bed is also popular
with pan fisherman.
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