Lochloosa Lake (5700 acres) is designated as a Fish Management Area and located 5 miles south of Hawthorne near the town of Lochloosa. Most of the shoreline is bordered by old-growth cypress trees, and knotgrass and spatterdock (bonnets) are the predominant aquatic plants in the lake. A public boat ramp provides access to the lake from U.S. Highway 301 in the town of Lochloosa, and at Lochloosa Harbor Fish Camp just north of the town of Lochloosa, also accessed from U.S. 301. In addition, a public pier is located south of the town of Lochloosa on Burnt Island and is a popular fishing site for those without a boat. Lochloosa Lake offers good bluegill, redear sunfish and warmouth (bream) fishing during April through September; however, some bream can be caught year-round. Anglers targeting bream should fish with grass shrimp in deep-water spatterdock or deeper grass patches. Black crappie fishing is best from January through April in the spatterdock with grass shrimp and minnows. During summer and fall, crappie anglers should drift open water with grass shrimp and minnows.
For more and updated information please call:
Lochloosa Harbor Fish Camp 352-481-2114
Gary's Tackle Box 352-372-1791
The crappie fishing on Lochloosa has been hit-or-miss lately, but it still remains a popular destination for those loyal Lochloosa speck anglers. The catch rates may not be as high as in recent years, but there are some slabs in the lake with some fish measuring over 14 inches and weighing over 2 pounds. As the cool weather approaches, black crappie will move into the pads and grasses around the lake to spawn, where grass shrimp and live minnows will be your best bet. Anglers targeting largemouth bass can have success in the knotgrass patches on the south and west shores of the lake. In the later winter and early spring months, largemouth anglers should target the cypress trees in the southwest corner of the lake and the west shoreline. Bluegill, redear sunfish, and catfish can also be caught on grass shrimp and live minnows in the pads at Caraway Landing, Little Lochloosa and the south end of the lake, and in the knotgrass on the east shore and Burnt Island. For those anglers without a boat, keep the fishing pier in mind at Burnt Island located south of the town of Lochloosa off of Hwy 301.