Alachua County

Lochloosa LakeLochloosa Lake (5700 acres) is designated as a Fish Management Area and located 5 miles south of Hawthorne near the town of Lochloosa. Most of the shoreline is bordered by old-growth cypress trees, and knotgrass and spatterdock (bonnets) are the predominant aquatic plants in the lake. A public boat ramp provides access to the lake from U.S. Highway 301 in the town of Lochloosa, and at Lochloosa Harbor Fish Camp just north of the town of Lochloosa, also accessed from U.S. 301. In addition, a public pier is located south of the town of Lochloosa on Burnt Island and is a popular fishing site for those without a boat. Lochloosa Lake offers good bluegill, redear sunfish and warmouth (bream) fishing during April through September; however, some bream can be caught year-round. Anglers targeting bream should fish with grass shrimp in deep-water spatterdock or deeper grass patches. Black crappie fishing is best from January through April in the spatterdock with grass shrimp and minnows. During summer and fall, crappie anglers should drift open water with grass shrimp and minnows.

For more and updated information please call:
Lochloosa Harbor Fish Camp 352-481-2114
Gary's Tackle Box 352-372-1791

 

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TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from Lochloosa Lake:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 18

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 8

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

 

Current Forecast:

Black Crappie fishing continued to fill the coolers of anglers this past winter and spring. With the warmer months and water temperatures, Black Crappie will return to open water where live minnows and artificial jigs are baits of choice. Additionally, bream fishing on Lochloosa is usually best during the months of April, May and June. Bluegill and Redear Sunfish will be bedding in the shallows throughout the lake, but the large pad fields and areas around small clumps of hydrilla are good places to try. Use grass shrimp for best results. If you don’t have a boat, you can fish off the pier on Burnt Island at Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area off of Hwy 301. Anglers should be aware of tagged black crappies with rewards. If you catch a tagged crappie, call the number below to receive information on how to claim your reward.

Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist: 352-415-6964.

 



FWC Facts:
Four species of black bass occur in Florida's fresh waters. The most popular is the Florida largemouth bass, which can grow to larger than 20 pounds.

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