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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Cooler temperatures provide an excellent opportunity to catch one of Lake Stone’s trophy largemouth bass. These fish will seek warmer water, so it can be beneficial to monitor surface temperatures and try to fish the warmest areas you can find. On clear bright days, sunlight can easily raise water temperatures stimulating bait fish and predators alike. Midday will often be the most productive time on days like this. A good place to target these fish is in deep water or along the earthen dam, 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. 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.
During the fall to winter months crappie patterns are almost opposite of spring to summer patterns. They will start out in deeper water, but as the water cools they migrate to shallow areas. In early fall, look for creek channels, ledges, humps, or standing timber in deep water. As temperatures cool from late fall to winter, start looking for this structure in shallower areas similar to what you would target in early spring. Coves along the southern shoreline are an excellent area to target. Fish the mouths of these coves and along the points that separate them. Larger baits can often be most effective this time of year. Try fishing jigs with a 2 3/8-inch body on a quarter-ounce jig head and don’t be afraid to switch up the color until you find what is working. Small crank baits and rat-l-traps can also be very effective for these fish, but it is always hard to beat live bait such as minnows or shiners.
Bluegill and redear sunfish can still be caught by 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 also be targeted on the bottom in deeper water and will be hard pressed to resist a juicy beef or chicken liver. 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 a nice odor to emanate from your bait.
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