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Hamilton County Phosphate Pits

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

Fishing should be excellent heading into the summer months. The largemouth bass spawn should be well underway. Looks for signs of bedding in shallow areas near shore. Plastic worms or snagless frogs should prevent hangups when fishing near vegetation and woody structures. Parts of the lake still have thick bands of hydrilla along the banks. Fish a jerk bait along the edge of the vegetation to draw out lurking bass. The panfish are plentiful and big in Eagle Lake. Typical baits such as crickets, grass shrimp and worms will work fine. With the mild winter experienced in North Florida, the panfish may begin spawning early this year. Check the moon phases and plan your trip around the next full moon. Target the early morning hours when the day is still cool and the fish will be most active. The cuts between pools are often shallow, sandy bottom areas. Search for signs of bedding near snags and vegetation. Some anglers bring a small garden rake with them to better fish areas of topped out hydrilla and coontail. Use the rake to open holes in the vegetation, drop in a bait, and wait for a bite. The hybrid striped bass have been stocked in the lake. Fish open water using live shad, spinner baits, or feathered jigs. As the weather warms and water temperatures rise, fish the deep parts of the lake where these fish will likely be waiting.

Anglers should take note of recent weather events when planning a trip to Eagle and Lang Lakes. Heavy rains can make the dirt access roads difficult or hazardous to travel.

Continued effort to keep these areas clean is a must. These lakes are open to fishing courtesy of Nutrien. If heavy trash becomes a problem, Nutrien has the authority to close access to the boat ramps. If you see heavy trash in the area, please call the North Central Regional office at 386-758-0525.

Thick bands of hydrilla and coontail are present around the edge of the lake. Find openings in the vegetation that allow access to the bank. Largemouth bass should already be spawning as the quarter starts. Look for signs of bedding near the numerous cypress stands or through the cuts. Live shiners will make good baits, but many anglers prefer a Texas-rigged rubber worm. This snagless bait will work great when run through dense vegetation. Black crappie are more abundant in Lang Lake than Eagle Lake. As the quarter begins, crappie should be nearing the end of their spawn. Check areas of shallow water. Fish live minnows on jigs in clearings of dense vegetation, or try trolling live minnows through open water; fish at varying depths until you find a school. Panfish should be spawning soon as we enter the second quarter of the year. Just like bass, looks for signs of bedding in the shallow areas around the lake. Typical baits will work great; worms, crickets, and grass shrimp will produce bites.

Anglers should take note of recent weather events when planning a trip to Eagle and Lang Lakes. Heavy rains can make the dirt access roads difficult or hazardous to travel.

Continued effort to keep these areas clean is a must. These lakes are open to fishing courtesy of Nutrien. If heavy trash becomes a problem, Nutrien has the authority to close access to the boat ramps. If you see heavy trash in the area, please call the North Central Regional office at 386-758-0525.

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