Lochloosa 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
TrophyCatch 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): 16
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 7
Lake Lochloosa continues to be the most consistent destination in the area for anglers targeting black crappie, and many anglers managed to catch limits of sizeable fish during the recent months. During October and November, crappie anglers should drift open water with live minnows or jigs, and start fishing closer to shore as the cooler temperatures of December approaches. Additionally, bluegill and redear sunfish can be caught on crickets, grass shrimp and live minnows at the northwest side of the lake, most of Little Lochloosa and the south end of the lake. The grass patches on the east shore and around Burnt Island are also worth a try. For those anglers without a boat, keep the fishing pier in mind at Burnt Island located south of the town of Lochloosa off of Hwy 301.