Hamilton County Phosphate Pits

Hamilton County

Eagle LakeBoth 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

 

TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link 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 the Hamilton County Phosphate Pits:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 1

 

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.

Directions:

Heading north from White Springs, FL

  1. Travel 3.2 miles of US 41 N from White Springs
  2. Turn right on CR 137 and travel 3.4 miles
  3. Turn left onto SE 78th Place and travel 0.6 miles the lake is on the right. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

Heading south from Jasper, FL

  1. Turn right onto US 129/ US 41 S/ 2nd Ave SE and travel 2.4 miles
  2. Turn left onto US 41 S and travel 8.3 miles
  3. Turn left onto SE 142nd Blvd and travel 1.7 miles
  4. Turn left onto SE 78th Place and travel 1.6 miles the lake is on the left. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

Local contact:  Rooster's Outfitters 386-234-0851

Current Forecast:

Try red and black plastic worms and frogs to target bass, channel catfish, and sunshine bass. If those fail, live golden shiners or shad fished along vegetation and woody habitat should produce bass strikes. Panfish should be available around vegetation. Live crickets and grass shrimp are the go-to live baits. For anglers looking to put in a little bit of effort, this lake could reward them with good catches of fish.

Note:  Heavy rains can cause washouts and make entry to Eagle Lake difficult or impossible. Caution should be exercised after bad weather.

Warning:  Vultures have been known to remove rubber seals and windshield wipers from vehicles.  Covering your vehicle with a tarp is advised.

Trash at Eagle Lake continues to be an issue and needs to be addressed. It is unlawful for any person to leave any garbage or refuse or in any way litter in the management areas. The increasing black vulture presence at the lake is likely due to the constant garbage issue around the boat ramp and shorelines fishing spots. To help keeps the birds away, properly cleanup after yourself by throwing trash in the designated bins and ensuring the lid is securely in place. Please work to keep our fishing areas free of litter so we can continue to provide fishing access to this wonderful resource.

 

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. 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.

Directions:

Heading north from White Springs, FL

  1. Travel 10.1 miles of US 41 N from White Springs
  2. Turn left at the yellow and black boat ramp sign. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

Heading south from Jasper, FL

  1. Turn right onto US 129/ US 41 S/ 2nd Ave SE and travel 2.4 miles
  2. Turn left onto US 41 S and travel 4.8 miles
  3. Turn right at the yellow and black boat ramp sign. Access to the lake is via a dirt road.

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: black crappie - minimum size 10 inches. Note: The daily bag limits for crappie - 25 fish per day and panfish - 20 fish per day remain unchanged.

Local contact:  Rooster's Outfitters 386-234-0851

 Current Forecast:

Decent bass can be caught on weedless-rigged soft plastics and especially live golden shiners. Fish these baits close to emergent vegetation, especially near the small island. Also, look for bass moving up into shallower areas around emergent vegetation in anticipation of the spawn. Panfish should be available around vegetation and grass bars. Live crickets and grass shrimp fished below a float are good bets for live bait. Try fishing these baits without a float in openings within the grass.

Note: heavy rains can washouts and make entry to Lang Lake difficult or impossible.  Caution should be exercised after bad weather.

Trash at Lang Lake continues to be an issue and needs to be addressed. It is unlawful for any person to leave any garbage or refuse or in any way litter in the management areas. Properly cleanup after yourself by throwing trash in the designated bins. The blue dumpster is meant to serve the fishermen who visit the lake, courtesy of PotashCorp, not to serve as a public dump site for household garbage. If household garbage continues to be disposed of in this dumpster, PotashCorp may remove the dumpster from the property. Please work to keep our fishing areas free of litter so we can continue to provide fishing access to this wonderful resource.

 



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