Lake George is a 10-Tag Water!
To celebrate Season 10 of the TrophyCatch program, biologists with FWC have tagged and released 10 largemouth bass with bright pink tags in 10 different locations across the state. If caught, one tag could be worth thousands of dollars in prizes. One of these special bass is swimming in Lake George! For details and rules see the 10-Tag Celebration web page.
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.
Largemouth Bass fishing will probably be best around deeper structure: jetties, old pilings, docks and any dead-heads or other submerged objects that can be located. Live shiners and crank baits will be most productive in these areas. Striped bass will move to thermal refuges and deep holes in late April/early May. Expect Redear Sunfish (shellcrackers) and Bluegill to spawn several times. Crickets are great for Bluegill; worms usually work better for shellcrackers. Brown Bullheads will congregate for spawning in the eelgrass beds through this quarter.
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): 171
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 32