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Hamilton County Phosphate Pits

Additional Nutrien Fishing Sites

Nutrien also issues permits that allow public access to two other former phosphate pits, Bee Haven Bay and Little Altman Bay Lake. Permit request must be made at least one day in advance and can be made up to 30 days in advance. Visit the Nutrien fishing permit website to request a permit.

Hamilton County

Eagle River

Both of these lakes are Fish Management Areas (license is required to fish). Both are green and fertile and deeper than average north Florida lakes, but typically grow more fish per acre due to abundant forage.

Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake (200 acres) is old and very fertile. Steep sides, a maze of narrow cuts with points and sand bars and cattails in the coves characterize the lake. No concrete boat ramps exist. Largemouth bass fishing is best in spring; bluegill, redear sunfish and brown bullhead catfish are best in the summer; black crappie and stocked sunshine bass are best in fall and winter. Eagle Lake produces the fastest sunshine bass growth in this region. Fish up to 8 pounds have been reported at only 23 months of age. Trolling motors only may be operated on Eagle Lake, although gasoline motors may be attached to the boat.

Directions:

Heading north from White Springs, FL

  1. Travel 3.2 miles of US 41 N from White Springs
  2. Turn right on CR 137 and travel 3.4 miles
  3. Turn left onto SE 78th Place and travel 0.6 miles the lake is on the right. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

Heading south from Jasper, FL

  1. Turn right onto US 129/ US 41 S/ 2nd Ave SE and travel 2.4 miles
  2. Turn left onto US 41 S and travel 8.3 miles
  3. Turn left onto SE 142nd Blvd and travel 1.7 miles
  4. Turn left onto SE 78th Place and travel 1.6 miles the lake is on the left. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

Local contact:  Rooster's Outfitters 386-234-0851

Lang Lake

Lang Lake Fish Management Area (86 acres) is a reclaimed pit, meaning all the islands and shoreline have been graded to create gradual slopes with deep water only in the center of cuts. The vegetated shelf thus created is a fertile fish factory with cypress trees, cattails and hydrilla out to about eight feet, dropping like a wall to 20 feet. Large bluegill are caught mostly in late spring through fall. Trolling motors only are allowed although gasoline motors may still be attached to the boat. A minimum size of 10 inches has been established for black crappie.

Directions:

Heading north from White Springs, FL

  1. Travel 10.1 miles of US 41 N from White Springs
  2. Turn left at the yellow and black boat ramp sign. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

Heading south from Jasper, FL

  1. Turn right onto US 129/ US 41 S/ 2nd Ave SE and travel 2.4 miles
  2. Turn left onto US 41 S and travel 4.8 miles
  3. Turn right at the yellow and black boat ramp sign. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

ANGLERS NOTE: PCS has moved the entrance road to Lang Lake to Rt. 41 north of Genoa.

Please note special quality regulations are in effect on Lang Lake: black crappie - minimum size 10 inches. Note: The daily bag limits for crappie - 25 fish per day and panfish - 20 fish per day remain unchanged.

Local contact:  Rooster's Outfitters 386-234-0851

The summer quarter will see a return of high water and air temperatures. During the day, this should push fish into deeper, cooler pockets of water. Anglers should avoid the hottest part of the day and focus their efforts in the early morning and evening hours. For bass, start by fishing snagless worms and frogs near patches of shoreline vegetation, enticing the early morning feeders. As the day warms, fishing rubber worms in 8-12 feet of water near pockets of hydrilla and coontail should be productive. Bluegill and redear sunfish should continue bedding during the early part of the quarter. Anglers should take note of the lunar cycle and plan their trips around full moons. Scout areas for signs of recent bedding. Fishing worms and crickets over sandy bottom in the early morning should produce plenty of bites. Catfish anglers have seen success fishing near the outflow structure, and near the many aeration diffusers. Fishing chicken liver or cut baits on the bottom will prove successful.

Due to COVID-19, contracted trash removal has temporarily ceased. In order to keep the lake open and the fishing areas clean, regional FWC staff have been collecting the trash. Please call the Lake City Regional Office at 386-758-0525 if the provided trash bins are full. Please do not stack trash, or place trash in a full bin. This often gets blown out of the bin or gets scattered by animals. If you can, please help keep the fishing areas clean by packing trash out if the bins are full.

Be prepared for summer rains. The dirt access roads can be difficult to traverse after heavy rains. In some cases 4x4 vehicles are needed.

Abundant vegetation can make traversing between the cuts difficult. Anglers should be prepared to clean hydrilla from their trolling motors when fishing Lang Lake. Largemouth bass should be abundant and dispersed throughout the lake. Post-spawn, these fish will be seeking deeper, cooler water as the summer progresses. Fish crankbaits and other deep diving lures in deeper water along the edges of hydrilla. This should entice any big bass stalking prey through the hydrilla. Snagless rigged worms can be fished through sparse patches of surface vegetation. The morning and evening hours are when fish should be most active. Panfish should continue to spawn in the early part of this quarter. Target areas of sandy bottom. Keep an eye out for sign of recent bedding. Fishing crickets and worms will be most productive. Fishing a light lead line will give the bait a more natural look in the water.

Due to COVID-19, contracted trash removal has temporarily ceased. In order to keep the lake open and the fishing areas clean, regional FWC staff have been collecting the trash. Please call the Lake City Regional Office at 386-758-0525 if the provided trash bins are full. Please do not stack trash, or place trash in a full bin. This often gets blown out of the bin or gets scattered by animals. If you can, please help keep the fishing areas clean by packing trash out if the bins are full.

Be prepared for summer rains. The dirt access roads can be difficult to traverse after heavy rains. In some cases 4x4 vehicles are needed.

Popular Species

Popular Sport Fish Species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

More species information is available for:

Largemouth bassBluegill, Redear sunfishBlack crappie

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TrophyCatch 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 :

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 8

Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 2