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 External Website 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): 53

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 7


Current Forecast:

The water level on Lake Jackson is still adequate. The daily thunderstorms throughout much of the summer and Hurricane Irma have kept water in the lake. Anglers should be able to launch at most landings. Fishing for bream and shellcrackers should be good this quarter with wigglers and crickets. Crappie should start biting when the water cools off in late October. Live minnows is your best bet. Try topwater baits for largemouth bass early in the morning and late in the evening through early November. Be courteous to our recreational alligator hunters and waterfowl hunters that should be present during the quarter.

FWC Facts:
American eels spend 10 to 20 years in fresh or brackish waters only to migrate hundreds of miles to spawn in saltwater in the Atlantic’s Sargasso Sea.

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