Lake Yale contains 4,042 acres. This lake was very clear until about
10 years ago when weed spraying and the introduction of grass carp removed
most of the cover. The introduction of grass carp has been the most
troublesome. A few years ago, game officials began physically
removing the carp and began replanting wide sections of the
shoreline with reeds.
During the drought lake levels were reduced to a point where it was
not accessible to most anglers for a period of well over a year. The
lake is now full and the new shoreline grasses are filling in the
This lake has always been a favorite of mine and is full of bass.
They seem to run slightly smaller than in the main Harris Chain but make
up for it in numbers. All the Harris Chain tactics outlined in this
website work just fine. The lake is deeper than most and has a
hard sand bottom, making it ideal for a Carolina rig. The large pad
fields in the cove nearest to the Marsh Park boat ramp and in the area
behind Rabbit Island hold bass year round. The entire southern
shoreline borders a deep offshore ditch that runs down the lake creating a
great drop off for Carolina rigging. Crankbaits take the larger bass
in this lake.
The lake can be
accessed from a nice ramp in Marsh Memorial Park. The park is
located a few miles north of Eustis off State Road 452. There is
also a sand ramp on the north shore, but I don't recommend it unless you
enjoy digging in dirt.