Hurricane Lake is a 318-acre man-made impoundment constructed in 1971, opened to fishing in 1973, and is designated as a Fish Management Area. The lake has an average depth of 7 feet and a maximum depth of 25 feet with the deepest areas located near the dam and along the old streambed. A considerable amount of flooded timber remains, providing fish habitat. The lake has been stocked with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish (shellcracker), and Channel Catfish. Hurricane Lake is located in northwest Okaloosa County within the Blackwater State Forest approximately 12 miles northwest of Baker, FL. Concrete boat ramps with courtesy docks are located in both the north and south campgrounds. The south campground is accessible from Kennedy Bridge Road off Beaver Creek Road north of SR 4. This campground contains primitive (no electric or water hookups) camping sites maintained by the Florida Forest Service. Restroom and picnic facilities are available. Several earthen fishing fingers are located in this area for use by bank fishermen. Construction of a fishing pier in the south campground is planned for the near future. An informational kiosk is located adjacent to the boat ramp. The north campground is accessible from Hurricane Lake North Campground Road off Beaver Creek Road north of Kennedy Bridge Road. A handicapped accessible fishing pier and an informational kiosk are located adjacent to the boat ramp. This campground has campsites with electrical and water hookups which are maintained by DOF. Bait, supplies, and other conveniences are available in nearby Baker, Blackmon, and Munson. Hurricane Lake is subject to the rules and regulations currently in effect for Fish Management Areas. Please refer to a current copy of Florida Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations. Gasoline boat motors are prohibited from use on Hurricane Lake; however, use of electric trolling motors is allowed.
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For additional information regarding Hurricane Lake contact Blackwater Fisheries Center in Holt, FL: 850-957-6177.
In addition to being a scenic autumn destination, Hurricane Lake also offers excellent fall and winter fishing opportunities. Fall and winter largemouth bass fishing can produce some of the largest fish of the year. As water temperatures begin to cool, monitor surface temperatures and try to fish the warmest water you can find. On clear bright days, midday will often be the most productive time. A good place to target these fish is in deep water along the earthen dam or through the center of the lake, they will often suspend along steep drop-offs in about 6-7 ft. of water. Standing timber, brush piles, or any form of hard structure will also congregate fish this time of year. Several large brush-pile fish attractors can be identified throughout the lake by large white buoys. With the change in seasons, largemouth bass diets will change as well. Try to use baits that mimic sunfish, shad, or other baitfish. Suspending crank baits, rat-l-traps, or spinner baits fished with a slow retrieve could produce a trophy. While you may not be able to target bluegill and redear sunfish on gravel beds this time of year, that doesn’t mean that nice hauls of these tasty fish can’t still be had. Try fishing on or near the bottom in deeper water with crickets or wigglers. Use light tackle, 4-6 lb.-test fishing line with small hooks. You can fasten several split-shot weights about 2-3 ft above the hook to keep your bait on the bottom. Channel catfish can be targeted on the bottom in deeper water as well. Night crawlers and beef or chicken livers emanate a strong odor which draws these fish to your line. If you have trouble keeping these on the hook, try wrapping it in surgical gauze or pantyhose, but make sure you stretch the fabric to allow the odor to spread from your bait.
TrophyCatch is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger.
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