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.
Lake George is still rebounding from Hurricane Irma and the high water years that followed after it, with much of the submerged and emergent vegetation removed. 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. Largemouth bass catches may continue to be low as the fishery rebounds after Hurricane Irma impacts. Likewise, eelgrass will be harder to find, as much of the south end of the lake was stripped of eelgrass after Irma.
Striped bass will move to thermal refuges and deep holes. 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): 152
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 29