Gadsden and Leon counties

Lake TalquinLocated just west of Tallahassee, this 8,800 acre reservoir is nationally known for its high quality black crappie (speckled perch) fishery. The best black crappie fishing occurs in winter months (January through April) during the prespawn and spawning period. There is very little vegetation, but lots of tree stumps and logs. At certain times of year largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, white bass, and striped bass fishing are excellent. Lake Talquin, for a Florida lake, is deep with an average depth of 15 feet and a maximum depth of 40 feet. There are 7 public boat ramps and 5 public fishing piers on the Leon County side of the lake (Hwy 20). On the Gadsden County side, there are 3 public boat ramps and 2 public fishing piers. Six fish camps surround the lake.

All crappie that are less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately. Largemouth bass regulations fall under statewide regulations. Statewide bag and length limits for black bass are: 5 Black bass (including largemouth, Suwannee, spotted, Choctaw, and shoal bass, individually or in total), only one of which may be 16 inches or longer in total length. There is no statewide minimum length limit for largemouth bass.

Contacts:

Ingram’s Marina External link; 354 Lois Lane, Quincy, Florida 32351: 850-627-2241.

Lake Talquin Lodge External link; 231 Gainey Road, Quincy, FL 32351: 850-627-3822.

Whippoorwill Sportsman Lodge External link; 3129 Cooks Landing Rd, Quincy, FL 32351: 850-875-2605.

 

Popular species:

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 Talquin:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 55

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 19

 

Current Forecast:

Lake Talquin is a bass angler’s best chance for a trophy fish in the Panhandle. Largemouth bass should be moving off the deep ledges to shallow water and creeks during this time. Try Carolina rigged plastic baits or topwater frogs for an exciting day on the water. Angler’s may see the end of the crappie season into this quarter. Remember using live minnows in areas with lily pads should produce some late season crappie. This quarter is when bream fishing picks up. Crickets or wigglers in shallow bays and creeks will produce quality bream. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also set out 100 fish attractors in Lake Talquin last fall. These are located off fishing piers at High Bluff Landing, Hopkins Landing, William’s Landing, and Stoutamire Landing. The attractors should attract bass and bream species as they move into shore with warmer water temperatures.

 



FWC Facts:
The Florida largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides floridanus) is the official freshwater fish of Florida.

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