Lake Talquin is a 10-Tag Water!
To celebrate Season 10 of the TrophyCatch program, biologists with FWC have tagged and released 10 largemouth bass with bright pink tags in 10 different locations across the state. If caught, one tag could be worth thousands of dollars in prizes. One of these bass is swimming in Lake Talquin! For details and rules see the 10-Tag Celebration web page.
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.
Lake Talquin is known for trophy crappie across the nation. Although difficult to catch during warmer months, anglers should have luck trolling in deep channels (~20 ft) later in the quarter. Remember that crappie must be a minimum of 10 inches to harvest. Lake Talquin also gives anglers their best option for catching a trophy largemouth bass for the area. Again, fishing deeper channels with deep-diving crankbaits or dark-colored Carolina-rigged worms work best. Keep an eye out for diving birds and commotion at the surface during the latter half of the quarter; schooling largemouth and striped bass tend to follow around pods of threadfin shad this time of year. Fishing for bream along shorelines can produce some successful days early in the quarter. Pitching crickets along docks, points, and shoreline structure for bluegill or worms on the bottom for redear (shellcracker) are your best bet.
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): 68
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 24