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 .


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): 39

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 5


Current Forecast:

The water level on Lake Jackson has dropped due to a dry September, October, and November. Anglers should be able to launch from Sunset landing, but should proceed with caution at Miller’s, Crowder Landing, and Rhoden Cove. Fishing for crappie should be good for minnows this quarter using minnows or small jigs. Bass fishing will likely slow down throughout January and February, but should improve dramatically as water temperatures warm up in March. Be courteous to our recreational waterfowl hunters that should be present throughout the lake until the end of January.

FWC Facts:
Four species of black bass occur in Florida's fresh waters. The most popular is the Florida largemouth bass, which can grow to larger than 20 pounds.

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