Lake StoneEscambia County:

Lake 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).

 Current Forecast:

Largemouth bass anglers will be more successful during the early morning and the early evening hours.  Dark colored plastic worms and floater-diver type lures should be two of the more productive artificial baits when used along the shoreline or within the flooded timber.  Fishing along the edge or within holes located in the stands of hydrilla growing in the lake can also be productive for largemouth bass.  Rat-L-Traps are also effective according to numerous bass anglers.  Larger bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) will be congregating on beds throughout the lake.  Redear typically begin bedding as water temperatures reach 68 degrees, while bluegill bedding peaks as water temperatures reach 80 degrees.  Live baits such as red worms, wigglers, and crickets fished on light tackle in 2 to 5 feet of water are the best bet.  As with bass, the most productive fishing seems to be early morning and late afternoon/early evening, especially as water temperatures reach the upper 80’s and into the 90’s.  Another productive method for catching bream is to take a small Beetle Spin (1/16 or 1/32 oz.), detach the spinner and use only the little lead headed jig preferably with chartreuse colored grubs.  Bait with a cricket and fish 3 to 4 feet below a float.  For anglers without a boat, fishing off the numerous fishing fingers can be productive for bream.  Catfish can be taken using chicken livers and earthworms primarily in the evening.  Night fishing for bass and bream can also be productive as water temperatures increase to the upper 80’s and into the 90’s.


FWC Facts:
The life expectancy for Gulf sturgeon is 20-42 years. The oldest age documented for a tagged and recaptured Suwannee River Gulf sturgeon is about 27-28 years.

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