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.
Current lake water levels are high. Launching boats is easier at the first boat ramp because of its angle. Floating duckweed is abundant, but shouldn’t impact fishing in most areas. As temperatures decrease this quarter and oxygen levels throughout the lake de- stratify fish will be more active. Sunshine bass always like this time of year and during low light conditions will be closer to the surface. Fish the cut through areas with shad imitators for some possible great fishing. Black crappie should begin their schooling activity and grass shrimp or minnows are always preferred baits.
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
Hydrilla and Coontail were recently treated within three narrow areas of the lake. This quarter access through these cuts should not be a problem. Black crappie will begin their schooling behavior and will suspend over submerged topographic features. Jigging beetle spins while drifting can be a method of finding a school of crappie or bass. Once you catch one mark that area so that you can continue to fish it with repeated passes while drifting. Crappie will use these same areas year after year so jotting down some notes for you log would be a wise thing to do for more consistent fishing in the future.