Karick Lake is a 65-acre man-made impoundment constructed in 1965, opened to fishing in 1966, and is designated as a Fish Management Area. The lake has an average depth of 7 feet with a maximum depth of 18 feet, with the deepest areas located near the dam and along the old streambed. A considerable amount of flooded timber remains, providing fish habitat. The lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcracker), and channel catfish. Karick Lake is located in northwestern Okaloosa County off County Road 189 approximately 8 miles north of Baker, FL. Concrete boat ramps with courtesy docks are located in both the north and south campgrounds. A handicapped accessible fishing pier is located adjacent to the boat ramp in the north campground. Both campgrounds are accessible from CR 189. Informational kiosks are located adjacent to each boat ramp. The south campground contains primitive campsites (no electrical or water hookups) and picnic areas. The north campground has picnic grounds and campsites are available with both electric and water hookups. Both campgrounds have restroom/bath facilities and are maintained by the Florida Forest Service. Bait, supplies, and other conveniences are available in nearby Baker and Blackmon, FL. Karick Lake is subject to the rules and regulations currently in effect for Fish Management Areas. Please refer to a current copy of Florida Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations. Gasoline boat motors are prohibited from use on Karick Lake; however, use of electric trolling motors is allowed.
Special Regulation: Effective July 1, 2006 a 12-inch minimum size limit harvest regulation for largemouth bass will replace the current catch-and-release regulation. The daily bag limit under the 12-inch minimum size limit will be 5 bass per angler per day, only one of which may be 22-inches in total length or larger. All bass less than 12-inches in total length must be released immediately.
For additional information regarding fishing opportunities at Karick Lake contact Blackwater Fisheries Center in Holt, Fl. Phone 850-957-6175.
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Karick Lake should produce plenty of legal bass this summer, ideally sized for eating. With a new statewide black bass regulation taking effect July 1, anglers will be able to keep five fish (per angler) daily. Only one of the five may be 16 inches or longer in total length, but there is no minimum length for largemouth bass. Fish the edges of vegetation, or deep structure near the dam and in some of the coves to catch yourself a quick meal. In the early morning and late evening hours, noisy topwater baits can prove effective, but you will likely want to switch to soft plastics and a slow retrieve as the temperatures begin to rise.
With bream congregating throughout the lake to spawn, fish red-worms, wigglers, or crickets in about 2-5ft of water to produce quality bluegill and redear (shellcracker) sunfish. If you prefer to use artificial baits, it’s hard to beat a roostertail, beetle spin, or small curly-tailed jig when fishing for bream.
Catfish can be pulled from deeper water off the fishing pier or near the dam by fishing the bottom with beef/chicken livers or earthworms. There should be plenty of fish in Karick for you to put together a nice fish fry, but be sure to consult the new state regulation booklet for a detailed and updated description of this year’s rules.