Lake JacksonLeon County

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. See an excellent article from about the history of the lake and restoration efforts. There are 5 public boat ramps around the lake and one fish camp.


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


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch 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): 25

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 5


Current Forecast:

The water level in Lake Jackson remains good thanks to Tropical Storm Colin in early June.  Anglers should still be able to access the lake at Sunset, Rhoden Cove, Miller’s Landing, Crowder Road for now, but that may change in the upcoming months if lake levels drop throughout the summer.   Fishing for bream should be excellent this quarter (try wigglers or crickets).  Try topwater action for bass in the early morning or late evening.  Remember the new statewide bass regulation goes into effect July 1st which is a 5 fish daily bag limit, only one of which may be 16 inches in total length or longer.

FWC Facts:
Florida Bass Conservation Center volunteers can assist biological staff in all aspects of fish culture and center management.

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