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 (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.
Of these two lakes, Eagle has more sport fish than Lang. This winter to spring transitional time is the best time to target wall hanger largemouth bass. Early in this quarter when water temperatures are lowest, the bite might be slower, so fishing with a wild shiner allows a bass to strike on its terms and not when a lure comes cruising by. All fish feeding activity should be on the increase during this quarter. Black crappie will be schooled up early on, so drifting minnows or working crappie jigs at various depths is a best bet for them. If the winds are calm try fly casting for bluegill with dry patterns close to overhanging wax myrtle limbs. If you like this approach but don’t have a fly rod, substitute out for a cane pole and light line.
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
Another solar powered circulator will be in action come this quarter. This will increase the area where mixing occurs and be a likely spot where shad gather. Cast shad crank baits in proximity to these floating circulators that provide cover for bass.