Nearly 20,00 acres of lakes make up the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes along the eastern border of Citrus County.

The Withlacoochee River also sits on the eastern border of Citrus County. These two bodies of water are prime locations for bass fishing.

Bass fishing hits best in the early spring months when the bass are moving towards the shoreline to spawn. Not the easiest of fish to catch bass fishermen must have patience and the right lures. But with a little education anyone can land a bass in Citrus County.

Perfect temperatures of Florida spring are what lead the bass to the spawning grounds and this means that anglers don’t have to search for deep waters to find them. While largemouth bass are the main species that anglers are searching for bluegills, catfish and shellcrackers are also caught, nearly year round, in the lakes and the River.

The spring is home to several large bass fishing tournaments in and around Inverness. The Big Bass Classic, a city sponsored event, brings out anglers of all experiences and ages in late March. Big cash prizes draw crowds from all across the South.

The City of Inverness offers a few public boat ramps and just a short drive north in Hernando Beach is a ramp on the largest of the lakes – Lake Henderson. Airboating has become popular on this side of the county and the chain of lakes makes for the perfect place to breeze through a day on the airboat.

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