Rodman Reservoir

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Rodman Reservoir is in Putnam County, Florida, and is considered a premier largemouth bass fishery located in Northeast Florida; it covers 9,500 acres and is about 15 miles long. It is located south of Palatka Fl off Hwy 19 and connected to St Johns River. Rodman Reservoir is legendary for the number of fish species, trophy bass, crappie, redbreast sunfish, channel catfish, and grass carp, which it continues to produce. Not to mention the wildlife and bird species to view. It’s consistently ranked with Florida as one of the top ten best bass lakes in the country.

How do you fish in Rodman Reservoir?

You can count on fishing under floating cover on a trip to this area. There are many ‘dollar weeds’ and water hyacinths here that bass use to surprise unsuspecting prey. You also will be fishing around eel grass, hydrilla, and lily pads. The Rodman Reservoir, St. Johns River, and the Ocklawaha River are always a treat. It is a beautiful waterway that produces big trophy bass every year.

Just recently, a bass caught in Rodman Reservoir gave the Official State record in Florida 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’s a giant big bass. I believe that the new state record will come out of either Rodman Reservoir, Kissimmee Chain, Headwaters Lake, or possibly other Florida trophy bass lakes, which are all known for trophy largemouth. Multiple fish species and fishing trip days booked for Rodman Reservoir, St. Johns River, and Ocklawaha are available, both artificial lures or generally live bait fishing trips where we use wild river shiners. However, fishing with artificial lures can also be incorporated into the trip.



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  • Fishing Chairs
  • GPS & Fishfinder
  • Life Jackets
  • Catch and Release Allowed
  • Keep Fish Allowed within Laws

About this Tour:

  • Boat Specs: 20+ ft
  • Boat Ca