Hamilton County Phosphate Pits

Hamilton County

Scenic photo of Eagle Lake.

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.

Local contact:  Rooster's Outfitters 386-397-2724

Current Forecast:

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should try to fish pockets of open water using spinnerbaits, rattletraps, and swimbaits.  Topwater artificial frogs and swimbaits rigged weedless can also produce strikes from bass when fished across thick vegetation.  Road conditions may make accessing this lake tricky at times.  Heavy rains can make roads muddy or wash sections out completely.  Use caution after bad weather.  For anglers looking to put in a little bit of effort, this lake could reward them with good catches of fish.


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:  Rooster's Outfitters 386-397-2724

 Current Forecast:

Lang Lake has similar access issues as Eagle Lake.  Heavy rains can make roads difficult to traverse.  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.  Panfish should be available around vegetation and grass bars well into the summer.  Live crickets and grass shrimp fish below a float are good bets for live bait.   Try fishing these baits without a float by tightlining them with canepoles in openings within the grass.  Small artificial lures like jigs and spinners should be effective for panfish as well.

FWC Facts:
The bowfin, or mudfish, is a ‘living fossil’ and is the only freshwater fish with a gular bone, a bony plate on the exterior of the lower jaw between the two jawbones.

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