Hamilton County Phosphate Pits

Hamilton County

Scenic photo of Eagle Lake.

Both 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.

 

 

 

 

 

TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

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 the Hamilton County Phosphate Pits:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 3

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 1

 

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 386-397-2724

Current Forecast:

Fishing in both lakes should be good this spring. Black Crappie (speckled perch) have been biting well. Throughout the fall anglers reported good catches of crappie. Most had luck drifting minnows or working crappie jigs. Catfish have been biting well on shiners and liver, but the shiners seem to be the bait of choice. Now is the best time to target trophy largemouth bass. Try fishing with a wild shiner to draw a strike. Some anglers are reporting luck with top waters and rattle traps. Sunshine bass are stocked regularly in Eagle Lake and fish of catchable size are present. The best methods to catch sunshine’s are to fish open water with active baits or troll live shiners. Panfish are slow to bite right now but, should pick up soon.

Note: Road conditions may make accessing this lake tricky at times.  Heavy rains can make roads muddy or wash sections out completely.  Use caution after bad weather.  For anglers looking to put in a little bit of effort, this lake could reward them. Recently access on Eagle Lake has been reduced to the one boat ramp. The second and third ramps have been closed to the public. These sections of the lake may still be reached by boat, but only the first ramp is open for launching.

Trash at Eagle Lake has become a problem. Please help keep our fishing areas clean of litter. Properly dispose of all trash so that we can continue to provide fishing access to better serve the community.

 

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. An 18 inch minimum size provides quality largemouth bass fishing. 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: largemouth bass - minimum size 18 inches; black crappie - minimum size 10 inches. Note: The daily bag limits for bass - only one over 22 inches; crappie - 25 fish per day and panfish - 20 fish per day remain unchanged.

Local contact:  Rooster's Outfitters 386-397-2724

 Current Forecast:

As with Eagle Lake, winter is a great time for fishing Lang Lake. Black Crappie anglers should have luck with the methods mentioned above and Largemouth Bass are feeding through the spring as they move into shallow water for the spawn.

Several trophy Largemouth Bass caught in Lang Lake have been reported to FWC’s TrophyCatch program. This program is designed to reward anglers who catch, document, and release trophy bass alive. Register and view previous catches online, and enter your trophy bass for a chance to win prizes.  Entering fish is as simple as submitting a photo of the fish on a scale to the website above.  The photo must show the entire fish and clearly show the weight on the scale.

Trash at Lang Lake has become a problem. Please help keep our fishing areas clean of litter. Properly dispose of all trash so that we can continue to provide fishing access to better serve the community.




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