Plan to enjoy a relaxing day fishing from any of the local lakes or rivers just a short drive from Ocala. There are a lot of options to choose from whether you like to stay ashore or get out in a boat.
Perhaps one of the most popular fishing destinations in the region is Orange Lake, located about 20 minutes north of Ocala. The large lake shares a shoreline in both Marion and Alachua counties. Anglers can take boats out on the lake to reach deep depths or cast from the pier.
In addition, anglers on the Ocklawaha River and Lake Kerr, both located in the Ocala National Forest, can net a variety of fish including Bluegill, Black crappie, Catfish, and bass. Both locations provide beautiful settings to snag a trophy photo or fresh catch for dinner.
Travel approximately 10 miles south of Ocala to reach Lake Weir which is home to Largemouth bass, Bluegill, and Redear sunfish along with Black crappie. The lake is popular with the locals so ask about tips to find good fishing spots.
Or take a 20-mile drive southwest of Ocala to Dunnellon where the Withlacoochee River meets the Rainbow River to find exceptional fishing options. The two rivers flow through several counties and attract anglers to the area year-round. Be sure to obtain the required fishing license prior to baiting your hook.