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:

With many largemouth bass over ten pounds beginning caught this spring; it’s just a matter of time until some come out of this lake.  Abundant shad and golden shiners fatten all game fish in this fertile system. If you’re not fishing for black crappie or largemouth bass try soaking cut liver on the bottom for hybrid striped bass.  This past January FWC documented an outstanding population of hybrid striped bass with all size classes present.  One angler reported having success by simply dragging a white buck tail jig along the bottom.  This quarter panfish will begin their spawning behavior and seek the shallows to fan out beds.


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:

Road access to this lake is a concern.  Seasonal rain storms have made numerous spots along this dirt road questionable for two wheeled drive vehicles.  As for the lake, water levels are up, hydrilla and other submerged vegetation amounts are ideal and some recent reports for largemouth bass have been good.  Expect the bass action to continue in to this quarter.  Black crappie will be transitioning from mostly open water to vegetated areas for spawning activity.  Therefore, begin your day drifting lip hooked minnows below floats at various depths, but if that doesn’t pay off, work the submerged vegetation by dipping minnows close by.

FWC Facts:
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