Hamilton County Phosphate Pits

Hamilton County

Eagle LakeBoth of these lakes are Fish Management Areas (license is required to fish). Both are green and fertile and deeper than average north Florida lakes, but typically grow more fish per acre due to abundant forage.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

 

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 the Hamilton County Phosphate Pits:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 6

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 3

 

Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake (200 acres) is old and very fertile. Steep sides, a maze of narrow cuts with points and sand bars and cattails in the coves characterize the lake. No concrete boat ramps exist. Largemouth bass fishing is best in spring; bluegill, redear sunfish and brown bullhead catfish are best in the summer; black crappie and stocked sunshine bass are best in fall and winter. Eagle Lake produces the fastest sunshine bass growth in this region. Fish up to 8 pounds have been reported at only 23 months of age. Trolling motors only may be operated on Eagle Lake, although gasoline motors may be attached to the boat.

Directions:

Heading north from White Springs, FL

  1. Travel 3.2 miles of US 41 N from White Springs
  2. Turn right on CR 137 and travel 3.4 miles
  3. Turn left onto SE 78th Place and travel 0.6 miles the lake is on the right. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

Heading south from Jasper, FL

  1. Turn right onto US 129/ US 41 S/ 2nd Ave SE and travel 2.4 miles
  2. Turn left onto US 41 S and travel 8.3 miles
  3. Turn left onto SE 142nd Blvd and travel 1.7 miles
  4. Turn left onto SE 78th Place and travel 1.6 miles the lake is on the left. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

Local contact:  Rooster's Outfitters 386-234-0851

Current Forecast:

This past spring’s bass sampling revealed abundant bass, including 1 trophy. Larger bass will be offshore in deeper water. Anglers targeting largemouth bass should try fishing open pockets of water using spinnerbaits, rattletraps, and swimbaits. Dark colored baits work well here. If those fail, try fishing with a golden shiner to draw a strike. Floating vegetation (mostly duckweed) occupies large areas around the perimeter of this lake. Try topwater frog imitations for largemouth bass through duckweed in depths between 2-4 feet. Sunshine bass are stocked regularly in Eagle Lake, where these fish experience the fastest growth rates in FL. The best methods to catch Sunshines are to fish open water with active baits or troll live shiners. Look for surface commotion where they are schooling. Largemouth bass along with black crappie and sunshine bass will strike shad imitators with erratic retrieval speeds. Look for bedding panfish in shallow coves or sandy points. Try fishing over-hanging brush for panfish with crickets 4 feet below a slip float or by using a slow lift and dip approach. Grass shrimp would also make excellent bait this quarter. Large catfish like to occupy the transition areas between arms in Eagle Lake are always caught on liver when they’re biting. Fish on the bottom in 8-10 feet of water. Morning and evening hours will be the most productive times for all types of fishing.
The trash issue at Eagle Lake seems to be getting better. Thank you to all the anglers who are properly disposing of their trash in the provided bin. Remember, it is unlawful for any person to leave garbage or refuse or in any way litter in the fish management areas. A continued effort to throw away all trash will help keep this lake clean and provide enjoyment for everyone who visits.
Game cameras have once again recorded the presence of vultures around the Eagle Lake boat ramp and pier. Visiting anglers are advised to bring tarps or other protection for their vehicles, as these birds have been known to peck at windshield wipers and rubber window seals. Continued proper disposal of trash can help keep these birds away from fishing areas.

 

Lang Lake

Lang Lake Fish Management Area (86 acres) is a reclaimed pit, meaning all the islands and shoreline have been graded to create gradual slopes with deep water only in the center of cuts. The vegetated shelf thus created is a fertile fish factory with cypress trees, cattails and hydrilla out to about eight feet, dropping like a wall to 20 feet. Large bluegill are caught mostly in late spring through fall. Trolling motors only are allowed although gasoline motors may still be attached to the boat. A minimum size of 10 inches has been established for black crappie.

Directions:

Heading north from White Springs, FL

  1. Travel 10.1 miles of US 41 N from White Springs
  2. Turn left at the yellow and black boat ramp sign. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

Heading south from Jasper, FL

  1. Turn right onto US 129/ US 41 S/ 2nd Ave SE and travel 2.4 miles
  2. Turn left onto US 41 S and travel 4.8 miles
  3. Turn right at the yellow and black boat ramp sign. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

ANGLERS NOTE: PCS has moved the entrance road to Lang Lake to Rt. 41 north of Genoa. New brochures are available from the Lake City office.

Please note special quality regulations are in effect on Lang Lake: black crappie - minimum size 10 inches. Note: The daily bag limits for crappie - 25 fish per day and panfish - 20 fish per day remain unchanged.

Local contact:  Rooster's Outfitters 386-234-0851

 Current Forecast:

Lang Lake is part of a statewide largemouth bass tagging study to estimate catch and harvest. Bass here are fairly easy to come by. When you catch one, be sure to check it for a tag near the dorsal fin. If you find a tag, cut the tag as close to the fish as possible and call the phone number on the tag to receive a monetary award. Anglers targeting largemouth bass should have success using flashy lures or dark worms in the early morning and late evening. Live golden shiners are a great bass bait and should draw strikes all day long. Try some extra weight with a Texas-rigged worm and flip it high enough that the free-falling weight can penetrate the surface layer of hydrilla. Often just getting through the topped out hydrilla and allowing your bait to fall below this vegetative mat can be a means of targeting big bass in deeper water. The small island here has steep slopes and shade in the morning. Seek out panfish close to the grass bars in this section or along the hydrilla edge. Live crickets or grass shrimp fished or dipped without a bobber would be a better bet, try a lighter leader for a more natural presentation. Small artificial lures like jigs and spinners should be effective for panfish as well. Catfish are caught year-round. Fish liver on the bottom in 8-10 feet of water.

Note: Heavy rains can cause washouts and make entry to Lang Lake difficult or impossible. Caution should be exercised after bad weather.

Trash continues to be a problem at Lang Lake. Remember, it is unlawful for any person to leave garbage or refuse or in any way litter in the fish management areas. Two trash bins are provided for anglers who visit the lake. The large dumpster on site is for angler use only, courtesy of Nutrien (formerly PotashCorp of White Springs); it is not a public dumpsite for household garbage. If household garbage continues to be disposed of in this dumpster, Nutrien may remove the dumpster from the property. Please work to keep our fishing areas free of litter so we can continue to provide access to this wonderful resource.

 



FWC Facts:
A shrimp escapes predators by quickly pulling its abdomen in toward its carapace (body). This motion shoots it through the water backward.

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