Hamilton County Phosphate Pits
Additional Nutrien Fishing Sites
A new Nutrien-White Springs WMA agreement has been established between FWC and Nutrien for Bee Haven Bay. This new agreement eliminates the need for a Nutrien issued permit, as the lake is open to public fishing except during hours and times open to duck hunting. All statewide bag and length limits apply.
Nutrien also issues permits that allow public access to 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.
NOTE: Lang Lake FMA is currently closed.
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 (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.
Heading north from White Springs, FL
- Travel 3.2 miles of US 41 N from White Springs
- Turn right on CR 137 and travel 3.4 miles
- 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
- Turn right onto US 129/ US 41 S/ 2nd Ave SE and travel 2.4 miles
- Turn left onto US 41 S and travel 8.3 miles
- Turn left onto SE 142nd Blvd and travel 1.7 miles
- 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
NOTE: Lang Lake FMA is currently closed.
Fishing should be excellent heading into the summer months. As the new quarter starts, the largemouth bass spawn should be underway. Yearly electrofishing conducted at the end of March produced an abundance bass, with numerous fish in the 4-7 lb. range. The shoreline and shallow water vegetation is excellent at the moment. Submersed coontail is present in thick patches, but it is not impeding angler access or limiting access to shore. Anglers should fish the edges of these patches with Texas-rigged worms to entice hungry bass out of hiding. If that doesn’t work, try running a live shiner past and see if a big bass won’t strike. Bream anglers should also be getting ready and excited. The redear and bluegill in Eagle Lake are big and they should be readying to spawn in the coming months. Look for signs off bedding in shallow, sandy areas. Target areas around fallen trees and submerged logs. Typical baits will work well for bream; grass shrimp, worms, and crickets. Hybrid striped bass have been stocked in the lake. Fish open water using live shad, spinner baits, or feathered jigs. If open water trolling doesn’t work, try dragging your baits close to the bottom of the lake where water temperatures are cooler.
Anglers should exercise caution when traveling to Eagle Lake after heavy rain events. The dirt road leading to the lake can become muddy and rutted. Vehicles without four-wheel drive may become stuck if the road becomes too soft or washed out due to heavy rain.
Please remember to throw all trash in the provided bins. This will help keep the boat ramp and fishing pier clean and deter the presence of vultures in the area. If a trash bin is full, please pack your trash home with you. Trash piled in a bin will spill out and get spread around the parking area by wind and animals.
Lang Lake FMA is currently closed.
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