Leon County

Lake JacksonLocated just north of Tallahassee, this 4,000-acre lake has been nationally known for its largemouth bass fishery. The best bass fishing time of year is the spring through early summer (February through May). This lake has a high diversity of aquatic vegetation, but hydrilla, eelgrass, and maidencane are the best habitats to fish for bass in this lake. This lake is shallow with an average depth of about 7 feet and a maximum depth of 30 feet. After May, fishing at night becomes the norm to get away from the hot weather conditions. It is a natural sink-hole lake that periodically goes dry (about every 25 years. See an excellent article from LandandWater.com about the history of the lake and restoration efforts. There are 5 public boat ramps around the lake and one fish camp. When water levels are low, the best ramps to use on Lake Jackson are Sunset Landing and Crowder Road Landing.

Fishhound External Website also offers a fishing forecast for Lake Jackson External Website .


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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 Lake Jackson:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 41

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 5


Current Forecast:

The water level in Lake Jackson has dropped several inches over what was supposed to be our “rainy season” in January and February. Anglers should still be able to access the lake at Sunset, Rhoden Cove, Miller’s Landing, and Crowder Road for now, but that may change in the upcoming months if lake levels continue to drop. A new boat ramp and parking area is scheduled to open on March 23rd at Hwy 27. The ramp is best-suited for kayaks and small jon boats due to the low slope of the ramp. Fishing for bream and shellcrackers should pick up this quarter (try wigglers or crickets). Black crappie fishing has been good in the previous quarter, but will slow down in mid-late spring. Try topwater action for bass in the early morning or late evening. Remember the bass regulation for Lake Jackson is a 5 fish daily bag limit, only one of which may be 16 inches or larger.

FWC Facts:
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