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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Popular fish species

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): 6

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 3

 

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:

Be on the lookout for signs of bedding as bass continue their spawn. Focus efforts near bulrush and cattails. Run a live shiner past a bed to try and entice a bite. As the quarter progresses and water temperatures increase, the panfish should become more aggressive as they approach their own spawning period. Crickets and grass shrimp fished near vegetation should produce well in this lake. Hybrid striped bass are also present. Before the water temperatures rise too much, and the fishing slows, try fishing shad in open water, or liver on the bottom. Crankbaits, feathered jigs, and spinners may also do well. Try fishing for black crappie using minnows or artificial roadrunner lures at varying depths. Catfish are present and any typical bait such as worms, stink baits, and cut baits fished along the bottom and around snags should work well.

The trash issue at Eagle Lake seems to be getting better. Thank you to all the anglers who are properly disposing of their trash in the provided bin. Remember, it is unlawful for any person to leave garbage or refuse or in any way litter in the fish management areas. A continued effort to throw away all trash will help keep this lake clean and provide enjoyment for everyone who visits.

As of 3/20/2018, no vultures have been recorded on game cameras or observed by FWC staff at the Eagle Lake pier or boat ramp since December 2017. While it appears the vultures have moved to a new roosting location, anglers are urged to bring protection for their vehicles should they return.

 

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:

Much like Eagle Lake, largemouth bass are abundant here. Locate spawning beds and fish shiners over the bed, or through any nearby vegetation. Shiners and soft plastics should be fished close to any area with emergent vegetation, especially near the small island in the southern cut. Panfish should be available in these same areas, especially as the quarter progresses and the panfish spawn begins. Crickets and grass shrimp should produce bites. Similar to Eagle Lake, black crappie fishermen should use live minnows or artificial lures; vary the depth until you start finding fish.

Trash continues to be a problem at Lang Lake. Remember, it is unlawful for any person to leave garbage or refuse or in any way litter in the fish management areas. Two trash bins are provided for anglers who visit the lake. The large dumpster on site is for angler use only, courtesy of Nutrien (formerly PotashCorp of White Springs); it is not a public dumpsite for household garbage. If household garbage continues to be disposed of in this dumpster, Nutrien may remove the dumpster from the property. Please work to keep our fishing areas free of litter so we can continue to provide access to this wonderful resource.

 



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