Putnam & Volusia counties
This lake is a 46,000-acre natural impoundment of the St. Johns River with extensive vegetation that provides excellent habitat for fish. There are jetties located on the south end of the lake where the St. Johns River enters the lake. Most of the lake is less than ten feet deep but a natural channel provides navigation for boats as large as oil barges.
Public access can be obtained from Blue Creek Road to Lake George Road off of Highway 40, (see Central Region Boat Ramps for more detail). Private access to Lake George can be obtained from Pine Island fish camp (386-749-2818) or Georgetown Marina & Lodge (386-467-2002). For additional listings of fish camps or more information, please call our Regional Office at 352-732-1225.
Hurricane Irma certainly did a number of the eelgrass on Lake George, and the vegetation is still recovering. Summertime heat will make fishing more difficult for largemouth bass anglers, live shiners and artificial baits fished near the outer edge of remaining deeper eelgrass beds and pilings may be effective. Shallow grass beds, if found, should be fished during early morning or late evening hours when the water is cooler. Warm waters have stripers and sunshine bass congregated in the cool spring refuges – Juniper Cove and the mouths of Silver Glen and Salt Springs may provide some early morning/late evening action. Bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing will probably begin to slow as the spawn will be at or close to the end.
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 Lake George:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 162
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 30