Karick Lake is a 65-acre man-made impoundment constructed in 1965, opened to fishing in 1966, and is designated as a Fish Management Area. The lake has an average depth of 7 feet with a maximum depth of 18 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. Karick Lake is located in northwestern Okaloosa County off County Road 189 approximately 8 miles north of Baker, FL. Concrete boat ramps with courtesy docks are located in both the north and south campgrounds. A handicapped accessible fishing pier is located adjacent to the boat ramp in the north campground. Both campgrounds are accessible from CR 189. Informational kiosks are located adjacent to each boat ramp. The south campground contains primitive campsites (no electrical or water hookups) and picnic areas. The north campground has picnic grounds and campsites are available with both electric and water hookups. Both campgrounds have restroom/bath facilities and are maintained by the Florida Forest Service. Bait, supplies, and other conveniences are available in nearby Baker and Blackmon, FL. Karick 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 Karick Lake; however, use of electric trolling motors is allowed.
For additional information regarding fishing opportunities at Karick Lake contact Blackwater Fisheries Center in Holt, Fl. Phone 850-957-6177.
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With April-June will bring a final opportunity for anglers to experience Karick Lake in its current state. The Florida FWC will be conducting a complete drawdown, starting in July (2017). This drawdown will provide the opportunity to greatly improve fish habitat by restructuring bottom contours and removing muck from the lake bottom. Once water is returned to the lake, sportfish will be re-stocked at appropriate densities. Throughout this process the FWC would greatly appreciate angler involvement by providing your input through our survey (which can also be submitted at either boat ramp). The information from this survey will provide managers insight for how to direct current and future management efforts on Karick Lake. In its current state, Karick Lake provides plenty of great eating-size bass. Low light conditions such as early morning/early evening hours should prove fruitful for largemouth bass anglers. Fish the edges of vegetation such as lilies or milfoil. Tried and true baits including dark colored soft plastics, Rat-L-Traps, and floater-diver type crank baits/plugs can be used to tempt hungry bass. Larger bluegill and shellcracker can be targeted as they congregate over beds to spawn when the water increases from 68-80 degrees. Live baits such as red worms, wigglers, or crickets fished at a depth of 3-5ft can produce a nice haul of bream in these areas. Catfish can be pulled from deeper water by fishing the bottom with beef or chicken livers.