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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

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

Thanks to Nutrien, a second boat ramp is now available to anglers at Eagle Lake. This gravel ramp is located one lobe north of the current boat ramp. The coordinates are: 30.414100°, -82.795310°. Boaters can access the ramp by continuing on the dirt road ¼ mile past the old boat ramp and water control structure, then making a left turn at the chain link fence. Coontail and hydrilla are present in the lake. Areas with topped-out vegetation could produce good catches panfish. Use rake to create surface openings and drop a jig-bait or live cricket in the opening. Any panfish spawn should be wrapping up early in the quarter before water temperatures drop. Signs of beds are still present in many of the shallow, sandy areas. Targeting these locations with crickets, earthworms, or grass shrimp should make for good bluegill and redear fishing. Largemouth bass should be active throughout the quarter. Cooling water temps should keep the fish from diving too deep during the day. Look for largemouth bass to be in shallower water during overcast days and moving deeper during warm, sunny days. Target shoreline vegetation or woody structures, using soft plastics and imitation frogs to produce strikes, or edges of vegetation with deep-diving crank baits or flashy spinner baits. If all else fails, live shiners make an excellent bait choice. Come prepared with shiners on hand, or try catching them using bread balls on small, #10 hooks. Hybrid striped bass are stocked in the lake. These fish are often overlooked but put up a great fight and make for memorable catches. The best lures are spinner baits or rooster tails trolled slowly behind your boat. Fish open, deep water when targeting stripers. Striped bass fishing should really pick up by December and into the new year as the cooling water temperatures will increase feeding activity for stripers. Black crappie should start biting this quarter. Minnows makes excellent bait. Early on, fishing near pockets of vegetation should produce bites, but as the quarter progresses, target areas of open water looking for signs of schooling. Minnows make an excellent all-around bait for crappie, while shrimp and worms are best saved for fishing in vegetation. Catfish can grow big in Eagle Lake. Anglers report the best success fishing near the aeration diffusers in the lake. Look for air bubbles on the water’s surface and let chicken gizzard or liver soak on the bottom near these bubbles.

Hydrilla is present and thick through portions of the lake. Persistent panfish anglers can bring a rake to clear pockets of water for dropping in a line. Try fishing with live bait such as crickets and worms. Largemouth bass anglers should focus efforts along the edges of hydrilla in deeper water. Deep-diving crank baits make a good option, but so should soft plastics fished near the water surface. Look for pockets of open water in the hydrilla mats and target these areas with a soft worm or imitation frog. Many black crappie anglers prefer Lang Lake to Eagle Lake. Black crappie should begin schooling as this quarter draws to an end. As the weather cools, try fishing live minnows in deep water along the edges of vegetation. Fish lures at varying depths to find where the fish are swimming. If the bite picks up, stay put and fish until the fish move.

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