A 5,000-acre impoundment located 7 miles north of Panama City off US 231 and SR 77 at Southport. Deer Point Lake is fed by natural freshwater streams and supplies more than 760 million gallons of fresh water daily to Panama City and the surrounding areas. The lake can be accessed by taking US 231 north from Panama City (6 miles) to C2321 west (1.5 miles); turn right on C2311 (3.5 miles); the ramp (Highpoint) is on the left. There are also boat ramps located on C2321on either side of the dam. A fishing pier is located near the boat ramp on the west side of the dam. This lake is best known for its shellcracker (redear sunfish) fishing during the spring (April through June) using earthworms as live bait. Fly fishing for shellcracker during the spring can also be productive when fishing early morning, late afternoon, and evening. Bream (bluegill) fishing is also good in the spring using crickets and earthworms. Largemouth bass fishing is best in the spring to early summer and again in the fall using plastic worms and crankbaits. Broken-back minnow lures are also effective for bass when fished near the shoreline.
Cherokee Landing (on County Road 2301 at bridge crossing, 850-722-4902); 10035 County Road 2301, Youngstown, FL 32466.
Tharp's Camp (off Resota Beach Road, 850-265-2330); 4405 Huckleberry Lane, Panama City, FL 32409.
Bass fishing should pick up during October and November as water temperatures cool. Try fishing in early morning or late afternoon along the weedlines of the old creek channels in Bear, Econfina, and Cedar Creeks. Try topwater baits like buzzbaits, and topwater frogs around vegetation early in the morning and late in the evening. Try fishing for bass with dark colored artificial worms, live shiners, and weedless lures once the sun gets up. Three bass over 8 pounds caught from Deer Point Lake have been certified in Florida’s TrophyCatch (https://www.trophycatchflorida.com/) program since the program was established during October 2012. Try fishing for redear sunfish along the weedlines of the old river channels and near structure with worms. Bluegill can also be found in these areas fishing with worms or crickets. In the fall as fish become more active try fishing deep holes in old river channels in Bayou George and Cedar Creek with live minnows on a jig head setting a few rods at different depths to locate fish. Don’t forget to fish the four new brush fish attractors that were installed spring 2015 around the power lines. These fish attractors are marked with white and orange buoys. Catfish and butter cats (bullhead) can be found in the deep waters by the dam and the main body of the lake. Best baits include chicken livers and worms.