Gadsden and Leon counties
Located just west of Tallahassee, this 8,800 acre reservoir is nationally known for its high quality black crappie (speckled perch) fishery. The best black crappie fishing occurs in winter months (January through April) during the prespawn and spawning period. There is very little vegetation, but lots of tree stumps and logs. At certain times of year largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, white bass, and striped bass fishing are excellent. Lake Talquin, for a Florida lake, is deep with an average depth of 15 feet and a maximum depth of 40 feet. There are 7 public boat ramps and 5 public fishing piers on the Leon County side of the lake (Hwy 20). On the Gadsden County side, there are 3 public boat ramps and 2 public fishing piers. Six fish camps surround the lake.
All crappie that are less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately. Largemouth bass regulations fall under statewide regulations. Statewide bag and length limits for black bass are: 5 Black bass (including largemouth, Suwannee, spotted, Choctaw, and shoal bass, individually or in total), only one of which may be 16 inches or longer in total length. There is no statewide minimum length limit for largemouth bass.
Black crappie fishing has been excellent again this season with several fish in the 1 ½ to 2 lb range. Crappie have moved into shallow water. They can be found in the shallows as water temperatures remain in the upper 60s throughout the lake. Minnows or crappie jigs should do the trick. The folks at Lake Talquin Lodge (231 Gainey’s Road), Whippoorwill and Ingram’s always know when and where they’re biting. Lake Talquin is also one of your best bets to land a trophy bass in the region. Largemouth bass remain in the shallows throughout April and early May. Fish should be plentiful in less than six foot of water. Work the vegetation in the back of the creeks and the docks on the main lake for best results.
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 Talquin:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 65
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 22