Lochloosa Lake (5700 acres) is designated as a Fish Management Area and located 5 miles south of Hawthorne near the town of Lochloosa. Most of the shoreline is bordered by old-growth cypress trees, and knotgrass and spatterdock (bonnets) are the predominant aquatic plants in the lake. A public boat ramp provides access to the lake from U.S. Highway 301 in the town of Lochloosa, and at Lochloosa Harbor Fish Camp just north of the town of Lochloosa, also accessed from U.S. 301. In addition, a public pier is located south of the town of Lochloosa on Burnt Island and is a popular fishing site for those without a boat. Lochloosa Lake offers good bluegill, redear sunfish and warmouth (bream) fishing during April through September; however, some bream can be caught year-round. Anglers targeting bream should fish with grass shrimp in deep-water spatterdock or deeper grass patches. Black crappie fishing is best from January through April in the spatterdock with grass shrimp and minnows. During summer and fall, crappie anglers should drift open water with grass shrimp and minnows.
The fall has arrived and that means that Lochloosa Lake is just waiting for anglers to get on the water and catch their limit of Black Crappie. During the early part of the season, try fishing offshore drifting or trolling minnows and jigs. As the season goes on, try getting up in the large pad fields on the North and Southeast ends of the lake, especially after that first big cold front. You might just get onto some Bluegill or Redear Sunfish while up near shore, and Lochloosa Lake has some of the biggest in the area. There is also a really good number of healthy bass on Lochloosa Lake for anglers to catch. Pay attention to the creeks on the north side of the lake. If they are flowing after a big rain event, you may want to try and hook onto a fish near that flowing water. Anglers should be aware of tagged black crappies with rewards. If you catch a tagged crappie, call the number below to receive information on how to claim your reward.
Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist: 352-415-6964
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 Lochloosa Lake:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 21
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 11