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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. New brochures are available from the Lake City office.

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

As usual for this lake, recent sampling yielded a lot of bass here. We saw a lot of big fish as well as a ton of year-old fish. This quarter is the best time of year to target bass, and bass fishing should remain good for years to come. Bites will be slower when it’s cold but will improve throughout the quarter. Try live bait to entice strikes during this slower time. Crappie fishing is best this time of year. Drifting minnows or working crappie jigs at various depths is your best bet. Try working further away from cover at the beginning of the quarter and moving to the shallows in February. As with bass and crappie, panfish activity will also increase through the quarter. Fish along vegetation or woody habitat with worms, grass shrimp, or crickets. Don’t forget the sunshine bass that are stocked here. Fishing liver on the bottom is a proven way to target them as are shad imitators in open water or at cuts with faster flows.

A hydrilla band exists around the majority of the lake and navigation is easiest through the southern lobes. As with Eagle Lake, bass are abundant here. During a recent survey, we had trouble finding bass under 15”! It’s not surprising that more trophies have come from Lang than Eagle, so grab some shiners and find yours today. When you do, make sure to register it at TrophyCatch for prizes! Black Crappie will be schooled up early on, so drifting minnows or working crappie jigs at various depths is a best bet for them. Try larger crappie baits to discourage smaller fish from over dominating the bite. This is also a good time to make longer casts near the cypress trees and cover numerous tree bases per retrieve. Fish along vegetation or woody habitat with worms, grass shrimp, or crickets to entice panfish to bite.

Popular Species

Species of Fish

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): 3