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 submersed vegetation, dead standing timber and submersed and partially submerged trees and stumps.
The Barge Canal and river channel have water depth to 30 feet deep. largemouth bass anglers will have success fishing the river channel with deep crank baits and Carolina-rigged worms. the Early morning and evening top water action should also be good along the flats adjacent to the river channel from Orange Springs to Eureka. Submersed vegetation (hydrilla, coontail and eel grass) is common in the pool section of the reservoir.
the 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