Located just north of Tallahassee, this 4,000-acre lake has been nationally known for its largemouth bass fishery. The best bass fishing time of year is the spring through early summer (February through May). This lake has a high diversity of aquatic vegetation, but hydrilla, eelgrass, and maidencane are the best habitats to fish for bass in this lake. This lake is shallow with an average depth of about 7 feet and a maximum depth of 30 feet. After May, fishing at night becomes the norm to get away from the hot weather conditions. It is a natural sink-hole lake that periodically goes dry (about every 25 years. See an excellent article from LandandWater.com about the history of the lake and restoration efforts. There are 5 public boat ramps around the lake and one fish camp. When water levels are low, the best ramps to use on Lake Jackson are Sunset Landing and Crowder Road Landing.
The water level in Lake Jackson remains very low despite several inches of rain from Hurricane Sally. Anglers are limited to launching small jon boats, canoes, and kayaks at Miller’s Landing, Crowder Road, Hwy 27, Rhoden Cove, and Sunset Landing. Water levels at all boat ramps are too low to launch bass boats, bay boats, and skiffs. As for fishing, target bream using crickets, worms, or beetle-spins. To target largemouth bass, fish near lily pads. Topwater baits (such as frogs) work the best on Lake Jackson in the early part of the quarter during late evening. For anglers seeking lots of action try using spinners or other shiny lures for chain pickerel (jackfish). These fish are a great way to keep new or young anglers busy while fishing. Be mindful of our alligator hunters as they will be present early in the quarter. Waterfowl hunters will be abundant later in the quarter.
For an up to date calendar of bass tournaments visit the Lake Jackson Tournament Calendar.
Lake Jackson Tournament Calendar
This Lake Jackson Tournament Calendar is a resource created on a trial basis for use by Lake Jackson anglers to coordinate tournament scheduling, streamline boat ramp access, and improve the experience of recreational users. This calendar is updated weekly on Tuesdays and may not reflect updated information as tournament exemptions may be acquired up to one day prior to an event. For further information please contact Andy Strickland (850-717-8740).
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 Jackson:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 60
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 12