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Rodman Reservoir is a Reservoir in Putnam, Florida.

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A premier largemouth bass fishery located in north Northeast Florida, covers 9,500 acres and is about 15 miles long. It is located south of Palatka off of Hwy 19. The reservoir was 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.

Fishing Cover / Structure: 

The reservoir from its headwaters at Eureka Dam to Paynes Landing consists of flooded woodlands. The transition section 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 submersed trees and stumps. The Barge Canal and river channel have water depths up to 30 feet deep. Submersed vegetation (hydrilla, coontail and eel grass) 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.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Largemouth bass anglers should have success fishing the river channel with live shiners, deep-diving crank baits and Carolina-rigged worms. Deep bends are good places to start and are holding largemouth bass from Orange Springs to Eureka. Early morning and evening top-water action should be good along the flats adjacent to the river channel from Orange Springs to Kirkpatrick Dam. Bluegill and redear sunfish action has slowed in the vegetation mats along the Kenwood area; however, redbreast sunfish action will be fair upstream of Orange Springs in deep holes. Grass shrimp and live worms are your best baits.

Camping: 

Rodman Campground
Palatka, Florida
Information: (386) 326-2846

Rodman Campground is a 69 site camping area with a boat launch to access the reservoir. 43 Campsites are available with power and water hook-ups or 26 primitive sites are available for “roughing” it.

Directions to Rodman Campground
FROM I-75 (Traveling North), take SR 40 (Silver Springs Blvd.) east through Ocala and Silver Springs to Hwy 315. Turn north on 315 and travel about 25 miles to Hwy 310. Turn east on 310 for about 5 miles until it ends at SR 19. Turn right and go over the Florida Barge Canal Bridge. Turn right onto Rodman Road at the foot of the bridge. Rodman Campground is approximately 3 miles on the right.

TO GO TO RODMAN CAMPGROUND, turn right on 19, go over the Cross Florida Barge Canal Bridge and then turn right on Rodman Dam Road. The campground and dam are about 3 miles down this road.

Boat Ramp: 

Boat launch to access the reservoir at Rodman Campground.

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Note: Look out for floating logs. To prevent boating accidents during the drawdown, boaters are asked to watch their wake and be courteous to anglers fishing along the Barge Canal and river channel.

Note: Largemouth bass anglers should keep an eye out for tagged fish worth $5 or $50. The tags are orange spaghetti-like tags attached to the fish adjacent to the dorsal fin. If a tagged fish is caught, anglers can simply cut the tag from the fish and send it to the address printed on the side of the tag to claim their reward.

Name: 
Rodman Reservoir
Waterbody type: 
Reservoir
County: 
Putnam
State: 
Florida
Country: 
United States
Surface area: 
9500.00
Maximum depth: 
30ft
Standard elevation: 
0
Latitude: 
29.514
Longitude: 
-81.842