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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

With the mild winter experienced in North Florida, the largemouth spawn should be under way. Be on the lookout for signs of bedding and try fishing live shiners near the edges of beds. Parts of the lake still have thick bands of hydrilla along the edges. Fishing these edges or gaps in the vegetation with shiners or plastic worms should also produce strikes. Frogs and jerk baits can be fished over dense vegetation to draw out a lurking bass. As the quarter progresses and water temperatures rise, look for signs of panfish bedding. Live baits such as crickets, worms, and grass shrimp work well. Fish openings in topped out hydrilla or around submersed structures. Those looking to target hybrid striped bass, try fishing open water with live shad, spinner baits or feathered jigs.

Anglers should take notice of the weather an observe caution on days after heavy rain events as the dirt access roads can become difficult to traverse.

Due to the presence of vultures in the area, anglers may wish to bring a tarp or plastic covers for their vehicles; the birds have been known to pick at plastic seals and windshield wipers.

Thick bands of hydrilla are present around the edge of this lake. Fishing live shiners along the vegetation should entice bass already in the shallows for their annual spawn. Try heading to southern most cut, where the lake is shallower than other areas. Black crappie should be preparing to spawn. Target shallow areas of gravel or muddy bottom with crickets or minnows to produce bites. As the weather warms, begin fishing minnows are varying depths until you find fish. As the quarter progresses, the panfish will begin their spawn. Target areas of either sandy or hard bottom as you look for signs of bedding. Crickets, grass shrimp, and worms make great baits. Some anglers use garden rakes to create openings in dense vegetation, then drop jigs or minnows into the opening. This technique can work for crappie or panfish.

Anglers should take notice of the weather an observe caution on days after heavy rain events as the dirt access roads can become difficult to traverse.

Visitors are asked to please throw trash in the provided dumpster. If trash becomes a problem at the lake, Nutrien has the ability to close off access to the boat ramp. If you see heavy trash in the area, please call the North Central Regional office at 386-758-0525.

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): 2