Rodman Reservoir Information
Rodman reservoir is A premier largemouth bass fishery located in north Florida, it covers over 9,000 acres and is over 15 miles long.
It is located south of Palatka off of Hwy 19. The reservoir created in 1968 when an earthen dam was built across the Ocklawaha River.
A four-gate spillway (Kirkpatrick Dam) controls the water levels of the reservoir. The reservoir from its headwaters at Eureka Dam to Paynes Landing consists of beautiful flooded woodlands. The transition from Paynes Landing to Orange Springs consists of flooded standing timber and areas of floating vegetation.
The pool section from Orange Springs to Kirkpatrick Dam, including the river channel and the Cross Florida Barge Canal,
consists of floating and submerged vegetation, dead standing timber, and submerged and partially submerged trees and stumps.
The Barge Canal and river channel have a water depth to 30 feet deep. largemouth bass anglers will have success fishing the river channel with deep crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms. the Early morning and evening topwater action should also be good along the flats adjacent to the river channel from Orange Springs to Eureka. Submersed vegetation (hydrilla, coontail, and eelgrass) is common in the pool section of the reservoir.
Drawdowns are conducted every three to four years on the reservoir for aquatic plant control and fish and wildlife habitat enhancement. for more information on the lake click here
Rodman Reservoir Fishing Guides
We are a team of local fishing guides, we know the best spots, baits, and techniques to give you the most successful fishing trip.
Capt Ken Walker
Retired Firefighter/Paramedic and is a Bass and Crappie specialist in North Florida fishing.
Capt Peter Thliveros
FLW and BASS Elite Tour Pro became a full-time fishing guide to show you & teach you about bass.
Capt David Lang
A guide on Rodman loves to show the Reservoir’s beauty to those wishing to enjoy its waterscape.
Capt Scott England
Has been Featured in many, many articles over the past years in magazines all across the country.