RODMAN RESERVOIR

     Rodman Reservoir is legendary for the number of trophy bass it has produced over the years ever since it was created.  It is consistently ranked in popular fishing magazines as one of the top ten best bass lakes in the country.  Rodman's waters, located southwest of Palatka, cover approximately 9600 acres.  It is about 15 miles long almost 2 miles wide near the dam.    It is a sunken floodplain forest which was created and partially cleared to create the Cross Florida Barge Canal which was never completed.  The Reservoir is a complex ecosystem that supports a large variety of plants and animals.  It is filled with stumps, trees, and a large amount of vegetation which makes for some great cover for these big largemouth bass.  You can count on fishing under floating cover on a trip to this area.  There are a lot of 'dollar weeds' and water hyacinths here where bass use to surprise unsuspecting prey.  You also will be fishing around eel grass, hydrilla, lily pads.  Rodman Reservoir and the Ocklawaha  River is always a treat to fish.  It is a beautiful waterway that produces big fish each and every year.

     Just recently, a bass caught in Rodman gave the Official State record a scare.  The fish weighed in at 17.2 lbs. and had a length of 29.75 inches coming up just short of the record fish weighing in at 17.27 pounds.  Now that is one big fish!  I believe that the new world record will come out of either Rodman or possibly Lake Toho down in Kissimmee which is also known for its trophy largemouth.  Multiple day fishing trips booked for Rodman Reservoir and the Ocklawaha Backcountry are generally live bait fishing trips where we use wild river shiners.  However, artificial fishing can also be incorporated into the trip. 

     Right now the Environmentalists are trying to restore the Ocklawaha River System to its original state before Rodman Reservoir was created.  This would not only be a tragedy, but it would destroy a habitat in which a large amount of plants and wildlife now call home.  The big bass population in this Ocklawaha backcountry would be no more and we would lose one of the best big bass lakes in the US.  Hopefully, this whole restoration project will never come to pass.  If you have ever thought about coming down to fish in Rodman Reservoir for that trophy largemouth that you have always dreamed about, don't hesitate any longer.  Give us a call here at Fish Orlando Pro Guide Services and book your trip now.