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): 4

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 2

 

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:

There are a lot of bass here, and this quarter is the best time of year to target them. Bites will be slower when it’s cold but will improve throughout the quarter. Try live bait to entice strikes during this slower time. Crappie fishing is best this time of year. Drifting minnows or working crappie jigs at various depths is your best bet. Try working further away from cover at the beginning of the quarter and moving to the shallows in February. Don’t forget the sunshine bass that are stocked here. Fishing liver on the bottom is a proven way to target them as are shad imitators in open water or at cuts with faster flows. As with bass, panfish activity will only increase. Fish along vegetation or woody habitat with worms, grass shrimp, or crickets.

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:

There are some areas with dense hydrilla but there are plenty of open areas for good fishing. As with Eagle Lake, bass are abundant here. In fact, more trophies have come from Lang than Eagle, so grab some shiners and find yours today. When you do, make sure to register it at TrophyCatch External link for prizes! Black crappie will be schooled up early on, so drifting minnows or working crappie jigs at various depths is a best bet for them. Try larger crappie baits to discourage smaller fish from over dominating the bite. Fish along vegetation or woody habitat with worms, grass shrimp, or crickets to entice panfish to bite.

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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