At 1,765 acres, this deeply tannin-stained lake is one of the larger lakes in the Ocala National Forest. Public boat ramps are located on the western shore just off S.R. 19. The northern ramp is in a fee area operated by the U. S. Forest Service. Bluegill, shellcracker, and speckled perch fishing is good seasonally. Largemouth bass generally are small but an occasional trophy-size fish is caught.
Little Lake Dorr is in my opinion the most beautiful bass lake in Florida. Nestled in the Ocala National forest off highway 19, this lake looks like it came out of a picture postcard. Surrounded by pine forest covered hills, the black tannic colored water reflects a scene out of a Canadian nature documentary.
Bass fishing in this lake is a bonus. Top water action can be good early in the morning with Carolina rigged worms working later in the day. The bottom is very hard and deep and the bass are beautiful and full of fight. The lake has a nice ramp in Lake Dorr Park off highway 19 just north of the City of Umatilla.
Throughout the Ocala National Forest there are many other small forest lakes. Most of the bass caught in these lakes run about 1 to 3 pounds, but a few can be very large. The National Park prints a brochure that can be obtained at the park information centers detailing all the lakes and providing access information. Fly fisherman love these lakes as they are a treat to fish with light tackle.
In case you’re wondering about Rodman Reservoir, Lake Toho or the St. Johns River, they are not in Lake County. Rodman is about 45 minutes north of my home in Eustis. Lake Toho is about an hour south and some of the best fishing on the St. John’s River is only about 1/2 hour from my home.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Disney World and all the rest of the theme parks are about 45 minutes away (just in case your wife and kids don’t fish!).
BOAT ACCESS: There are two main ramps that provide suitable launching for all classes of fishing boats. Both are located on improved roads adjacent to State Road 19, about 12 miles south of State Road 40.
Anyone interested in fishing Lake Dora should consult with local guides and resources before heading out to fish.
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