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Hamilton County Phosphate Pits

Lang Lake Closure

Lang Lake FMA will be closed October 15, 2020 – January 31, 2021 at the request of the land owner.

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

NOTE: Lang Lake FMA will be closed October 15, 2020 – January 31, 2021 at the request of the land owner.

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

Black Crappie fishing should be at its best this quarter. Crappie should be schooling in open water readying to spawn. Try trolling live minnows at varying depths to find how deep the fish are holding. Once found, stay put until the bite slows. As the quarter progresses, target areas near shoreline vegetation with minnows or crickets. Largemouth Bass anglers should be readying for the spring spawn. If north Florida experiences a cold winter, this may push the spawn later into the spring. Conversely, if the winter is mild, expect the spawn to begin earlier in the year. Monitor water temperatures and expect to see significant signs of spawning as water temperatures approach the mid-60’s in degrees Fahrenheit. Fish fast, flashy baits near shore, watching for signs of movement from hiding bass. Once found, slow retrieval to entice strikes and bites. Target edges of dense vegetation or submersed structure adjacent to clear, sandy bottom. Panfish anglers should find consistent fishing throughout the lake. Typical baits will work well here- crickets, worms, grass shrimp. When surface water temperatures are cool, try fishing in deeper water, targeting the edges of submersed vegetation and woody structures. Fishing the late afternoon/dusk hours of warm, sunny days may produce good catch rates of panfish moving into the shallows of warmer surface water to feed. Sunshine Bass (Hybrid Striped Bass) are regularly stocked in Eagle Lake. Interested anglers can try trolling imitation shad baits or live shiners through deep, open water. Fish multiple lines are varying depths until you find where the fish are schooling.

Lang Lake can be a very productive Black Crappie lake, and it should be at its best this quarter. Black Crappie should be schooling in open water readying for their early spring spawn. Live minnows are the go-to baits here, though crickets on jig heads is a popular option as well. Slow troll multiple minnows at varying depths to find where the fish are holding. Once found, stay put until the bite slows. As the early quarter progresses, look for signs of crappie spawning in shallow areas with sandy bottoms. Minnows and crickets fished on jig heads should produce bites in these areas. Largemouth Bass will begin spawning this quarter. Watch for water temperatures to approach the mid-60’s and look for signs of spawning near shore. Flashy spinner baits and worms are the preferred baits for fishing along the edges of dense hydrilla. Texas-rigged worms and topwater baits are preferred for fishing over top of and through patches of vegetation. Panfish can be found throughout the lake. When the weather is cool, target off-shore vegetation fishing deeper water with earthworms or crickets on jig heads.

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