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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Popular fish species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


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): 50

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 7


Current Forecast:

The water level in Lake Jackson remains good thanks to rain brought by Tropical Storm Cindy in mid-June. Anglers should still be able to access the lake at Sunset, Rhoden Cove, Miller’s Landing, and Crowder Road for now. Please use caution at the Highway 27 boat launch due to a large drop-off at the end of the ramp. This ramp is best suited for small jon boats, canoes, and kayaks. Target bream using crickets, worms, or beetle-spins. During warmer months larger bream will move to the deeper areas of the lake, although they can also be seen bedding throughout the summer. According local input, the size of bream is larger than normal. To target largemouth bass, fish near lily pads with transition points from 4-5 ft to 8-12 ft. Topwater baits (such as frogs) work the best on Lake Jackson in the early morning or late afternoon. For anglers seeking lots of action try using spinners or other shiny lures for chain pickerel (jackfish). These fish are a great way to keep new or young anglers busy while fishing.

FWC Facts:
White and brown shrimp depend on estuaries as nursery habitats, leaving when they reach 4-5 inches in length. This “shrimp run” occurs in late summer or early fall.

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