Kenansville Lake

Kenansville Lake ★★★★★ 5 4 reviews
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Kenansville Lake

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If you look at a Google map, like the one below of the Stick Marsh / Farm 13, you will find Blue Cypress Lake right on the SW corner ofKenansville Lake the Stick Marsh. You will also find another big, rectangular lake on the NW corner. That’s Kenansville Lake. Unfortunately, we can’t easily get from one to the other. None are connected to any of the others. So, we have to drive all the way around to the Kenansville launch. It is a shallow flooded farm style fishery. Still has fence posts and barbed wire in some places. Depth in the fields are anywhere from 3-5 feet. Lots of drainage ditches criss-crossing the place. Far west side is all reeds, grass, and cypress trees. Some canals have submerged leaves, but they are not far under the water and in places to shallow to even cross. Others have grass and reeds all along the ridge. The lake has been known to have good crappie and bluegill supply. It has had a tremendous bass population also.

Kenansville Lake History

Kenansville Lake is a shallow 2,500. This area was cattle pasture prior to flooding in 1993. Interior levees are located at the north, center and south parts of the lake. A single lane concrete boat ramp is the only facility provided on the site. The town of Kenansville is the closest place to obtain gas, food and bait. Bank fishing is common along the access canal and north end of the lake for those willing to walk or ride a bicycle to those areas. All largemouth bass are protected by a special no harvest regulation.

Construction of the Kenansville Re-diversion Project by the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Army Corps of Engineers commenced this May. It consists of a large weir and flow-way constructed in the levee east of the boat ramp and the plugging of the canal in the northeast corner of the lake. The purpose is to provide hydrological separation of Kenansville Lake from the C-40 canal draining Blue Cypress Lake. Kenansville Lake will then drain into the marsh to the north, where vegetation will extract much of the nutrient load known to exist in these waters. Construction is expected to be completed in mid-June with plugging of the canal following soon afterward. Anglers should be aware that they will no longer be able to run from Blue Cypress Lake to Kenansville Lake.

This lake has been a fish factory with some of the finest crappie and bluegill fishing in the entire Blue Cypress Conservation Area. As a bass lake, December through February saw fishing at a level that would compete with even the Stick Marsh.

Kenansville Lake Reviews

Fishing Trip - Capt John Leech

Kenansville Lake
This was a second booking through Bassonline in 2 days. This trip far exceeded my expectations. My trip was tentatively booked for Lake Toho on July 26th. Capt John reached out to me the day before and shared that Lake Kenansville would probably be more successful this time of year. He was right! Capt John provided everything including the boat, tackle and bait (both artificial and shiners). We lost track of the number of Bass we caught after 30. It was insane! Even better, these were all quality tournament caliber Bass. No real monsters. The big bass for the day was probably 4 1/2 lbs. but we were in water all day that very easily could have produced a 10+. The fishing was so successful that when my time limit came up (6 hours), Capt John offered to keep fishing. It was clearly obvious that his main priority was making sure that I had an amazing experience. Thank you John!
- Chuck W

Captain Brent is the Man!

Kenansville Lake
I've been on a couple of fishing charters in the past and today's experience was by far the best. The main reason was Captain Brent Nelson. He had an awesome sense of humor and we had lots of laughs. We also caught 27 Bass which blew us away. Captain Brent was also awesome with my two kids. His personality kept them engaged and they had the time of their life. Highly recommend him and will contact him next time I'm in the area.
- Craig P

Captain Steve

Kenansville Lake
Captain STEVE NIEMOELLER, fishing guide from hell, has sold his soul to the DEVIL. That's the only thing that can explain the fishing experience Steve and I had this week. In 3 days of fishing in Florida, we had 4 Trophy Bass--the biggest being 9lbs, 12oz!! The final day of the trip was crazy, unbelievable, too amazing to be true. In less than 7 hours on the water we caught 75 fish, including 2 Trophy Bass! The work of the Devil--we literally had a bite on EVERY CAST! If you don't mind hanging out with Satan's Partner, contact Steve! Feel free to call me if you want more information about our trip. Mark Hearn 317 694 7194
- Mark Hearn

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