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


Popular species:

Popular fish species


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): 20

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 8

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


Current Forecast:

The consistent rainfall we’ve received in North Central Florida in the summer along with all the rain Hurricane Irma dropped has been a good thing for Lochloosa Lake’s water levels. The lake rose and we avoided another case of access issues like we experienced in 2011 and 2012. The black crappie fishery continues to be the number one fishery on Lochloosa, and there are plenty of fish out there for those who love to catch and eat them. Black crappie can be found in the open water during the warmer months, and drifting minnows and trolling jigs tend to be the fishing methods of choice. Pay attention the creeks on the north side of the lake. If they are flowing after a big rain event, you may want to try and hook onto a fish near that flowing water. 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. The bream fishing in Lochloosa is also great, and some of the biggest slabs in the area are out on Lochloosa waiting to be caught. Try using crickets or grass shrimp to land one of these big bream.

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


FWC Facts:
Florida has nearly 1,300 native species of fish and wildlife.

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