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. For additional information you may contact Red and Sam's Fish Camp at 850-562-3083.

Attention Lake Jackson Anglers:

SPECIAL REGULATION (Effective as of September 9, 2013):  Black bass bag limit is five, only one of which may be greater than 16 inches in total length.

This regulation applies to Lake Jackson proper, including Little Lake Jackson west of Highway 27, Meginnis arm of Lake Jackson north of Interstate 10, and Fords Arm of Lake Jackson west of Meridian road.

The special regulation for Lake Jackson was misprinted in the new 2014-2015 freshwater fishing regulations and is incorrect.  You do not have to release largemouth bass below 16 inches in length.  There is not a 12 inch minimum size limit for largemouth bass.  (See below for further information.)


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

 Current Forecast:

The water level in Lake Jackson is considered to be at full pool.  Anglers should be able to access the lake from most boat ramps including Sunset, Rhoden Cove, 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 topwater action for bass in the early morning or late evening.  Remember the bass regulation for Lake Jackson is a 5 fish daily bag limit, only one of which may be greater than 16 inches.

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