Hamilton County Phosphate Pits

Scenic photo of Eagle Lake.

Hamilton County

Both of these lakes are Fish Management Areas (license is required to fish). Both are green and fertile and deeper than average north Florida lakes, but typically grow more fish per acre due to abundant forage.

Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake (200 acres) is old and very fertile. Steep sides, a maze of narrow cuts with points and sand bars and cattails in the coves characterize the lake. No concrete boat ramps exist. Largemouth bass fishing is best in spring; bluegill, redear sunfish and brown bullhead catfish are best in the summer; black crappie and stocked sunshine bass are best in fall and winter. Eagle Lake produces the fastest sunshine bass growth in this region. Fish up to 8 pounds have been reported at only 23 months of age. Trolling motors only may be operated on Eagle Lake, although gasoline motors may be attached to the boat.

Current Forecast:

The duckweed and submerged coontail weeds are making fishing here difficult.  Once you are clear of the coves or pockets with 100 percent duckweed open water should be productive.  Use this time and condition to cast weedless frogs or other similarly fished baits.  Stay clear of bullet weights or swivels because they will likely snag vegetation and complicate retrieves.  Getting to the second boat ramp is difficult with the condition of the road, especially after a rain event.  The lake looks fishy but, because of the conditions many fair weather anglers will pass this one by.

 

Lang Lake

Lang Lake Fish Management Area (86 acres) is a reclaimed pit, meaning all the islands and shoreline have been graded to create gradual slopes with deep water only in the center of cuts. The vegetated shelf thus created is a fertile fish factory with cypress trees, cattails and hydrilla out to about eight feet, dropping like a wall to 20 feet. An 18 inch minimum size provides quality largemouth bass fishing. Large bluegill are caught mostly in late spring through fall. Trolling motors only are allowed although gasoline motors may still be attached to the boat. A minimum size of 10 inches has been established for black crappie.

ANGLERS NOTE: PCS has moved the entrance road to Lang Lake to Rt. 41 north of Genoa. New brochures are available from the Lake City office.

Please note special quality regulations are in effect on Lang Lake: largemouth bass - minimum size 18 inches; black crappie - minimum size 10 inches. Note: The daily bag limits for bass - only one over 22 inches; crappie - 25 fish per day and panfish - 20 fish per day remain unchanged.

Local contact:  Powell's Bait & Tackle, White Springs 386-397-2500

 Current Forecast:

Currently submerged vegetation and road access is similar to Eagle Lake.  We should all call and complain.  Smaller largemouth bass seem to be the majority of what is being reported.  However, larger bass ranging from 18 inches to seven pounds have been reported recently.  All on weedless rigged rubber worms, dark in color.  Early morning and late evening are more comfortable to fish in, but bass were still biting as late as mid morning.  Live shiners would be the ticket for anytime action on bass.  From the boat ramp and around the bend to the left seems less vegetated.  Also the emergent vegetation is better balanced in this lobe.  The small island here has steep slopes and shade in the morning.  Seek out panfish close to the grass bars in this section.  Crickets or grass shrimp fished or dipped without a bobber would be a better bet, try a lighter tippet for more natural presentation.




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