Putnam & Volusia counties

Lake GeorgeThis lake is a 46,000-acre natural impoundment of the St. Johns River with extensive vegetation that provides excellent habitat for fish. There are jetties located on the south end of the lake where the St. Johns River enters the lake. Most of the lake is less than ten feet deep but a natural channel provides navigation for boats as large as oil barges.

Public access can be obtained from Blue Creek Road to Lake George Road off of Highway 40, (see Central Region Boat Ramps for more detail). Private access to Lake George can be obtained from Pine Island fish camp (386-749-2818) or Georgetown Marina & Lodge (386-467-2002). For additional listings of fish camps or more information, please call our Regional Office at 352-732-1225.


Popular species:

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 Lake George:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 133

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 25


 Current Forecast:

Largemouth Bass fishing will probably be best around deeper structure: jetties, old pilings, docks and any dead-heads or other submerged objects that can be located. Live shiners and crank baits will be most productive in these areas. Floating worms, buzz baits or live bullhead minnows may catch bass early morning and late afternoon near the edge of eelgrass beds which extend into two to three feet of water. Largemouth bass catches may continue to be low as the fishery rebounds after Hurricane Irma impacts. Likewise, eelgrass will be harder to find, as much of the south end of the lake was stripped of eelgrass after Irma.

Striped bass will move to thermal refuges and deep holes. Expect Redear Sunfish (shellcrackers) and Bluegill to spawn several times. Crickets are great for Bluegill; worms usually work better for shellcrackers. Brown Bullheads will congregate for spawning in the eelgrass beds through this quarter.


FWC Facts:
Five different species of snook inhabit Florida waters: common snook, small-scale fat snook, large-scale fat snook, swordspine snook and tarpon snook.

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