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
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 Lochloosa Lake:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 16
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 8
Lochloosa has been the most consistent and popular speckled perch destination in the area over the last few years, but word spread quick that Orange Lake was the place to be during the fall months for limits of slab crappies. Despite that fact, the fishing activity picked up again on Lochloosa during December with reports of quality catches. 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 where domes of hydrilla are also present. 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. Anglers should also be aware of tagged crappies in Lochloosa Lake for rewards. If you catch a tagged crappie, call the number below to receive information on how to claim your reward.
Travis Tuten, FWC fisheries biologist: 352-415-6964.