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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 closed from Nov. 22 – Jan. 31
Public access to the Lang Lake Fish Management Area will be closed Friday, Nov. 22, through Jan. 31, 2020. The landowner requested the closure for operational reasons related to its surrounding lands. The Eagle Lake Fish Management Area remains open. For additional information, call the FWC regional office at 386-758-0525.

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

Winter and early spring can be great times to fish Eagle Lake. The black crappie fishing is good, and that should continue into the spring. Drifting minnows in open water, or fishing jigs at various depths are the two best options. Once you find a school, stay put until the bite slows down. As the quarter progresses, look for bass to begin moving in to shore for the spring spawn. Optimal spawning conditions are when water temperatures are around 66-68°F. If North Florida has a harsh winter, spawning may occur later into the spring. Watch weather reports and check with local bait shops for up to date reports on fishing success and water reports. Bass fishermen may wish to bring shad imitations or try trolling small, live shiners through open waters to target the sunshine bass stocked in the lake. These fish tend to swim in deep, open water. Panfish are abundant in the lake. When weather is cool, try fishing offshore near dense vegetation and structure. As weather warms target areas of structure and sandy bottom. Night crawlers, grass shrimp, and crickets are the best choices of bait. Fish stinky baits along the bottom near structures for catfish and bullhead. For those anglers with the patience, fishing the back lobe will be rewarding.

Heavy rains can make traveling the dirt road to Eagle Lake difficult. Use caution after rains, especially in vehicles without 4-wheel drive.

Please continue to keep the fishing areas at Eagle Lake clean. A trash can is provided near the boat ramp. It is a privilege that Nutrien allows fishing access on their property and to this lake. Please be respectful of Nutrien property so everyone can continue to fish and enjoy this wonderful resource.

Black crappie fishing should be at is best this quarter. Crappie should be schooling in open water. Try slow trolling live minnows at varying depths to find how deep the fish are holding. Once found, stay put until the bite slows. While the days are cool, bass anglers should find success fishing off the edges of hydrilla. Live shiners, plastic worms, and flashy spinner baits are the preferred baits. As the weather warms, begin looking for areas of hard bottom in open vegetation, and check for signs of bedding. Find pockets of open water amongst the thick bands of hydrilla and coontail when fishing for panfish. Drop a grass shrimp or cricket into the hole and wait for a bite. Ambitious anglers can bring a small rake to create fishing pockets within the hydrilla and coontail.

Heavy rains can make traveling the dirt road to Lang Lake difficult. Use caution after rains, especially in vehicles without 4-wheel drive.

Please continue to keep the fishing areas at Lang Lake clean. A trash and a dumpster are provided near the boat ramp. These are provided courteously by Nutrien for anglers to use. It is a privilege that Nutrien allows fishing access on their property and to this lake. Please be respectful of Nutrien property so everyone can continue to fish and enjoy this wonderful resource.

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