Lake Stone in a 130-acre man-made impoundment constructed in 1967, opened to fishing in 1969 and designated as a Fish Management Area. It has an average depth of 6 feet and a maximum depth of 22 feet. Deepest areas are located near the dam and along the old streambed. A considerable amount of flooded timber remains, providing fish habitat. This lake has been stocked with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish (shellcracker), Black Crappie, and Channel Catfish. Lake Stone is located in northern Escambia County near Century, FL. Entrance to the lake is located on Lake Stone Rd off SR 4 approximately 1.5 miles west of US 29 in Century. There is one concrete boat ramp with ample parking available on the northwest end of the lake with an additional boat launching site constructed with crushed rock on the northeast side of the lake near the dam. Several earthen fishing fingers have been constructed on the lake to provide fishing opportunities for bank anglers. Bait and fishing supplies are available in nearby Century. Escambia County maintains the Lake Stone Recreation Area located on the northwest end of the lake. This area provides fee-type camping with or without electric/water hookups. Lake Stone 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 Lake Stone; however, use of electric trolling motors is allowed.
For additional information regarding fishing opportunities at Lake Stone contact Blackwater Fisheries Center in Holt: 850-957-6177.
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Lake Stone should produce plenty of Largemouth Bass this summer. For Largemouth Bass, most success should come during the early morning or evening hours. Fishers should look for any topwater disturbances, or splashes at the surface, which may indicate bass aggressively feeding on schools of Threadfin Shad. Target these areas of activity with noisy topwater or Rat-L-Trap style crankbaits. While throwing the bait out and rapidly retrieving it may produce an occasional bite, anglers should have better success with an erratic action. Anglers have reported great success fishing around the two brush-pile fish attractors. These structures are marked with large, white buoys. As water temperature rises throughout the day, fishers may want to switch to soft plastics and try a slow retrieval to entice the lethargic bass.
As with Largemouth Bass, the most productive bream fishing seems to be early morning and evening. Larger Bluegill and Redear Sunfish may continue to bed, look for lighter colored areas on the bottom which indicate spawning activity. Anglers should fish these areas with live baits such as red worms, wigglers, and crickets. Fish the live baits on light tackle in three to six feet of water. Another productive method for catching hungry bream are artificial baits such as beetle spins, rooster tails, or curly-tailed grubs. When not targeting spawning aggregates, fishers should target deeper holes or the old creek channels. Bream often remain deep to escape the summer heat.
Although Black Crappie have been done spawning for months, anglers can target the species throughout the summer. Fishers determined to catch crappie should aim deep. The fish have moved out of shallow water and are in deeper areas with plenty of vertical structure. Anglers should concentrate on places with submerged structure, brush, or timber piles. Anglers might need to be persistent, but in the right spot crappie jigs or live minnows will induce a few bites. Remember that deeper does not always mean better fishing. Frequently, the deepest waters contain little or no oxygen.
As always, Channel Catfish will be hard-pressed to resist a juicy beef or chicken liver, and earthworms. Fish these baits on the bottom, in deep water off the fishing pier or near the dam, or with a float, suspending the bait over any available timber pile, should produce results. Anglers having trouble keeping messy livers on the hook should try wrapping it in surgical gauze or pantyhose. Additionally, using longer rods will add casting distance and, concurrently, increase the amount of water available for fishing.
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