Escambia County:

Lake StoneLake Stone in a 130-acre man-made impoundment constructed in 1967, opened to fishing in 1969 and designated as a Fish Management Area. It has an average depth of 6 feet and a maximum depth of 22 feet. Deepest areas are located near the dam and along the old streambed. A considerable amount of flooded timber remains, providing fish habitat. This lake has been stocked with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish (shellcracker), Black Crappie, and Channel Catfish. Lake Stone is located in northern Escambia County near Century, FL. Entrance to the lake is located on Lake Stone Rd off SR 4 approximately 1.5 miles west of US 29 in Century. There is one concrete boat ramp with ample parking available on the northwest end of the lake with an additional boat launching site constructed with crushed rock on the northeast side of the lake near the dam. Several earthen fishing fingers have been constructed on the lake to provide fishing opportunities for bank anglers. Bait and fishing supplies are available in nearby Century. Escambia County maintains the Lake Stone Recreation Area located on the northwest end of the lake. This area provides fee-type camping with or without electric/water hookups. Lake Stone is subject to the rules and regulations currently in effect for Fish Management Areas. Please refer to a current copy of Florida Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations. Gasoline boat motors are prohibited from use on Lake Stone; however, use of electric trolling motors is allowed.

For additional information regarding fishing opportunities at Lake Stone contact Blackwater Fisheries Center in Holt (850-957-6175).


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Current Forecast:

A whole-lake treatment of hydrilla has opened up large portions of Lake Stone that were previously inaccessible. As the temperatures drop, fish should start to populate these shallower, shoreline areas providing anglers easy access to the lake’s tremendous fishery.
Weather patterns will be crucial during this time of year. Cold fronts push fish into deeper water, while warmer days following these systems cause fish to seek forage in shallower areas. Anglers should look for shallow water habitats located adjacent to steep drop-offs. Such areas provide a deep-water refuge during cold snaps with easy access to forage during the subsequent, warmer days. For the most success, observe weather conditions and adjust your fishing strategies, lures, and presentations accordingly.
Largemouth bass will be feasting on schools of shad which congregate along shallow-deep water transitions. Fish medium diving crank baits, Rat-L-Traps, or spinner baits along shallow shelves to target these fish. Floater-diver type lures or dark colored plastic worms should be effective in shallow water and around submerged timber during periods following a cold front.Bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) will be moving off their beds, but can still be targeted using traditional methods. Much like bass, these fish will be moving between shallow and deep-water areas based on changing weather patterns. Work around drop-offs with red worms, wigglers, or crickets. If you prefer to use artificial baits, it’s hard to beat a roostertail, beetle spin, or small curly-tailed jig when fishing for bream. Crappie can also be targeted as temperatures begin to cool down. Fish submerged structure with small jigs or live minnows. Trolling jigs or small crankbaits along the edges of shallow shelves can also be an effective method for catching these tasty panfish. Use beef/chicken livers, commercial “stink-baits,” or earthworms, fished on the bottom to catch channel catfish in deeper portions of the lake.


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