Located 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, for an interesting history/overview see the NWFWMD Report [ 5.3MB]). 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. For additional information you may contact Red and Sam's Fish Camp at 850-562-3083.
SPECIAL REGULATION: All black bass less than 18 inches in total length must be released immediately.
Fishhound also offers a fishing forecast for Lake Jackson .
The water level in Lake Jackson remains low. Access at boat ramps is extremely limited. Anglers should be able to launch small johnboats, canoes or kayaks at Miller’s Landing, Crowder Road, and Hwy 27. Fishing for bream and shellcrackers should pick up this quarter (try wigglers or crickets). Black crappie fishing has been good, but will slow down throughout the quarter. Try top-water action for bass in the early morning or late evening.