Putnam & Volusia counties
This 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.
TrophyCatch 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): 49
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 10
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. Eelgrass beds on the southwestern shore of the lake, western shore, northern shore, and northeast shore are all quite thick and may hold spawning bass early in the quarter. The eelgrass beds on the southeastern shore are coming back and may hold bass in close to shore. 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.