Lake JacksonLeon County

Located just north of Tallahassee, this 4,000-acre lake has been nationally known for its largemouth bass fishery. The best bass fishing time of year is the spring through early summer (February through May). This lake has a high diversity of aquatic vegetation, but hydrilla, eelgrass, and maidencane are the best habitats to fish for bass in this lake. This lake is shallow with an average depth of about 7 feet and a maximum depth of 30 feet. After May, fishing at night becomes the norm to get away from the hot weather conditions. It is a natural sink-hole lake that periodically goes dry (about every 25 years, for an interesting history/overview see the NWFWMD Report [Adobe PDF 5.3MB]). See an excellent article from External Website about the history of the lake and restoration efforts.  There are 5 public boat ramps around the lake and one fish camp. For additional information you may contact Red and Sam's Fish Camp at 850-562-3083.

Attention Lake Jackson Anglers:

SPECIAL REGULATION (Effective as of September 9, 2013):  No person shall take, kill or possess more than (5) black bass per day, only one of which may be greater than sixteen (16) inches in total length.  This regulation applies to Lake Jackson proper, including Little Lake Jackson west of Highway 27, Meginnis arm of Lake Jackson north of Interstate 10, and Fords Arm of Lake Jackson west of Meridian road.

The new regulation is in the process of being approved and adopted this quarter; please check the website for rule updates:
Further information regarding the rule amendment can be found on the website regarding the June 2013 Commission meeting minutes under the consent agenda (item # 7):

Fishhound External Website also offers a fishing forecast for Lake Jackson External Website .

 Current Forecast:

The water level in Lake Jackson has somewhat improved.  Anglers should be able to access the lake from most boat ramps including Miller’s Landing, Crowder Road, and Hwy 27.  Fishing for bream and shellcrackers should pick up this quarter (try wigglers or crickets).  Black crappie fishing has been good, but will slow down throughout the quarter.  Try topwater action for bass in the early morning or late evening.  Please note the bass regulation on Lake Jackson: anglers are allowed no more than 5 bass per day, only one of which may be greater than 16 inches.

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