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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

Largemouth bass anglers willing to make the trip should find plenty of large bass in the farthest back cut. Along the way, anglers should fish spinnerbaits and plastic worms in deep water near the edges of vegetation. Topwater and snagless baits should be fished over thick pockets of vegetation to draw out big bass. With increasing air and water temperatures, fish will push into deeper, cooler pockets of water. Early morning and late evening fishing should be more productive than during the heat of the day. Target panfish using crickets or nightcrawlers fished in and near vegetation of submersed structure. Sunshine bass are present in the lake. Troll live shiners and spinnerbaits through deep, open water. Catfish will be found on the bottom in deeper parts of the lake. The lake has three areas with aeration units running. Find areas with water bubbling at the surface and drop cut bait or chicken liver to the bottom and wait. Black crappie anglers should fish live minnows or jigs near vegetation in deep water.

Vultures are still present at the lake. They have been known to pick at rubber seals and windshield wipers. Anglers would be wise to cover their vehicles to prevent damage from the birds.

Please continue to throw all trash in the provided bin. Trash will attract nuisance wildlife and vultures to the area looking for an easy meal. If trash becomes an issue, fishing privileges at Eagle Lake may be lost.

As we enter the rainy part of the year, access to Eagle Lake could get tricky. On days of or after heavy rains, anglers without four-wheel drive vehicles may want to consider fishing elsewhere as the dirt road can become slick with mud.

Similar to Eagle Lake, largemouth bass anglers may find success fishing the outer lobes of the lake. Hydrilla and coontail growth increased greatly over the winter and spring. Anglers may have trouble traversing between cuts if the vegetation becomes too thick. Try fishing worms or live shiners in deep water, along the edges of vegetation. Surface baits fished through vegetation in the early morning should produce strikes. Panfish anglers should try bringing a rake with them to clear surface holes in thick vegetation. Drop small jigs or crickets in this pocket of open water to catch bluegill and redear. Fish crickets and nightcrawlers around the edges of the small islands in the middle and southern lobe.

Please dispose of all trash in the provided dumpster near the boat ramp. The abundance of trash in the parking lot and around the boat ramp is unsightly. It is unlawful for any person to leave garbage or refuse or in any way litter in the fish management areas. Please keep our fishing areas free of litter so we can continue to provide a quality fishing experience for everyone.

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): 6

Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 2