Hurricane Lake is a 318-acre man-made impoundment constructed in 1971, opened to fishing in 1973, and is designated as a Fish Management Area. The lake has an average depth of 7 feet and a maximum depth of 25 feet with the deepest areas located near the dam and along the old streambed. A considerable amount of flooded timber remains, providing fish habitat. The lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcracker), and channel catfish. Hurricane Lake is located in northwest Okaloosa County within the Blackwater State Forest approximately 12 miles northwest of Baker, FL. Concrete boat ramps with courtesy docks are located in both the north and south campgrounds. The south campground is accessible from Kennedy Bridge Road off Beaver Creek Road north of SR 4. This campground contains primitive (no electric or water hookups) camping sites maintained by the Florida Forest Service. Restroom and picnic facilities are available. Several earthen fishing fingers are located in this area for use by bank fishermen. Construction of a fishing pier in the south campground is planned for the near future. An informational kiosk is located adjacent to the boat ramp. The north campground is accessible from Hurricane Lake North Campground Road off Beaver Creek Road north of Kennedy Bridge Road. A handicapped accessible fishing pier and an informational kiosk are located adjacent to the boat ramp. This campground has campsites with electrical and water hookups which are maintained by DOF. Bait, supplies, and other conveniences are available in nearby Baker, Blackmon, and Munson. Hurricane Lake is subject to the rules and regulations currently in effect for Fish Management Areas. Please refer to a current copy of Florida Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations. Gasoline boat motors are prohibited from use on Hurricane Lake; however, use of electric trolling motors is allowed.
The largemouth bass harvest minimum size limit was changed in July 2010 from an 18-inch minimum size limit to a 12-inch minimum size limit. All bag limit regulations remain the same.
For additional information regarding fishing opportunities at Hurricane Lake contact Blackwater Fisheries Center in Holt, Fl. Phone: 850-265-3676.
See also our Fish Management Area Brochure and Map for Hurricane Lake.
Largemouth bass anglers will be more successful during the early morning and the early evening hours than during the heat of mid-day. Dark colored plastic worms and floater-diver type lures should be two of the more productive artificial baits when used along the shoreline or within the flooded timber. Rat-L-Traps are also effective according to numerous bass anglers. Bass can often be found hanging out around clumps of maidencane grass found in shallower areas around the lake. Larger bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) will be congregating on the oyster-shell spawning area and limerock piles located within the lake. Redear typically begin bedding as water temperatures reach 68 degrees, while bluegill bedding peaks as water temperatures reach 80 degrees. As with largemouth bass, the early morning and late afternoon/evening hours will be most productive as water temperatures move into the 80’s and above. Overcast days also tend to be more productive than bright sunny days, especially when the water is very clear. Live baits such as red worms, wigglers, and crickets fished on light tackle are the best bet. Another productive method for catching bream is to take a small Beetle Spin (1/16 or 1/32 oz.), detach the spinner and use only the little lead headed jig preferably with chartreuse colored grubs. Bait with a cricket and fish 3 to 4 feet below a float. For anglers without a boat, good catches of bluegill can be had by fishing off the fishing pier adjacent to the boat ramp in the north campgrounds or off the fishing fingers located in both the north and south campgrounds. Catfish can be taken using chicken livers and earthworms primarily in the evening. Night fishing for bass and bream can also be productive as water temperatures reach 80 degrees and above.