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 on Lake Jackson remains relatively low despite significant rain events in October and December. The safest bet to launch a boat is at Sunset Landing. Rhoden Cove Landing should be ok for some smaller vessels. Miller’s Landing, Crowder Landing, and Highway 27 are best suited for small jon boats, canoes, and kayaks given the current water level. Crappie fishing should pick up during the winter months. When targeting crappie use small jigs and minnows. Bass fishing will slow down during winter months, but will pick up again as the water begins to warm at the end of this quarter. Remember to be courteous of hunters during waterfowl season.
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): 57
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 10