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Okaloosa County

Fw Hurricane River

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.

For reserving campsites and cabins in Florida State Parks check the Reserve America website or call 888-622-9190.

For additional information regarding Hurricane Lake contact Blackwater Fisheries Center in Holt, FL: 850-957-6177.

This scenic lake has been known to produce quality largemouth bass in the past, with plenty of “eating sized” individuals available for harvest. You can target these fish around structure in deep water near the dam, or in any of the coves. Large white buoys mark brush pile fish attractors installed by the FWC. During February of 2018, the FWC installed ten large gravel beds to provide spawning habitat for bass and bream. These areas can be identified as light-colored areas on the lake bottom. Targeting this new habitat has proved fruitful. While noisy topwater baits can be effective for bass in the early morning or late afternoon, switch to soft plastics and a slow retrieve as fish become sluggish from the summer heat.

Bedding bream will congregate along shorelines and in some of the coves. Anglers have reported quality redear (shellcracker) and bluegill around the pier, fishing fingers, and the small island located at the mouth of the northern most cove. Crickets, red-worms, wigglers, and small artificial baits (beetle spins, roostertails, and curly-tailed jigs), fished in about 2-5 feet of water should be the most effective methods for targeting these fish. Use a small hook with a small split-shot sinker attached about 1.5-3 feet above it on your line and try to cast your bait directly into the center of the light-colored spawning areas.

Catfish will be cruising the deeper portions of the lake searching for any tasty morsels they can pick up off the bottom. Use smelly chicken livers, beef livers, or earthworms to draw these transient predators to your hook. Hurricane Lake will supply your summer fish fries with sufficient table fare, but be sure to consult the new state regulation booklet for a detailed and updated description of this year’s regulations.

Popular Species

Popular Sport Fish Species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

More species information is available for:

Largemouth bassBluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfish

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