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Additional Nutrien Fishing Sites

A new Nutrien-White Springs WMA agreement has been established between FWC and Nutrien for Bee Haven Bay. This new agreement eliminates the need for a Nutrien issued permit, as the lake is open to public fishing except during hours and times open to duck hunting. All statewide bag and length limits apply.

Nutrien also issues permits that allow public access to Little Altman Bay Lake. Permit request must be made at least one day in advance and can be made up to 30 days in advance. Visit the Nutrien fishing permit website to request a permit.

Hamilton County

Eagle River

NOTE: Lang Lake FMA is currently closed.

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

NOTE: Lang Lake FMA is currently closed.

Water levels at Eagle Lake are low to begin the quarter. Current vegetation levels are ideal for navigation using electric motors only. Most of the topped out coontail and hydrilla near the boat ramps and cuts has fallen out, creating vegetation levels ideal for navigation using electric motors only. Recent sampling efforts returned a wealth of Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, and Redear Sunfish. Bass were found on the deeper edges of vegetation in 5-7 feet of water. Barring winter rains, anglers should expect the water levels to remain low at Eagle Lake through the early spring. This should make identifying bedding location easier. As the quarter progresses anglers should look for signs of Bass bedding in the shallows. During winter months, Bass and Bream anglers will be most successful fishing the warmest parts of the day. Sunshine Bass (Hybrid Striped Bass) are regularly stocked in Eagle Lake. Interested anglers can try trolling imitation shad baits or live shiners through deep, open water. Look for signs of surface water activity, indicative of Stripers chasing schools of shad.

Bee Haven Bay is an expansive area of ~1,800 acres of water. There are two ramps open for public use on Bee Haven Bay. Anglers unfamiliar with the lake are encouraged to bring a GPS device to help with navigation back to the boat ramp. Like Eagle Lake, Bee Haven Bay consists of numerous deep pool connected by shallow cuts. These deep pools provide excellent deep water habitat during cold winter months. Last year, Hybrid Striped Bass were stocked for the first time to provide an additional sportfishing opportunity for anglers. These fish should be growing quickly with the abundance of forage present in the lake. Typical Striped Bass baits and techniques will work fine here. Anglers should looks for signs of surface water activity, indicative of Stripers chasing schools of shad. Anglers can expect to find good numbers and sizes of Largemouth Bass, Bream, and Black Crappie. Water levels are currently down, exposing land typically covered during normal or high water. With water down, anglers should target any areas with inundated emergent vegetation or woody structure. The western end of the lake has several cypress stands that provide excellent habitat. Black Crappie anglers can expect fishing to be at its best this quarter. Fish Crappie jigs in open water or along the edges of vegetation between cuts. Bream anglers should have success fishing typical baits near the cypress tree stands and along edges of emergent vegetation.

Lang Lake is currently closed at the landowner’s request.

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