Leon County

Lake JacksonLocated just north of Tallahassee, this 4,000-acre lake has been nationally known for its largemouth bass fishery. The best bass fishing time of year is the spring through early summer (February through May). This lake has a high diversity of aquatic vegetation, but hydrilla, eelgrass, and maidencane are the best habitats to fish for bass in this lake. This lake is shallow with an average depth of about 7 feet and a maximum depth of 30 feet. After May, fishing at night becomes the norm to get away from the hot weather conditions. It is a natural sink-hole lake that periodically goes dry (about every 25 years. See an excellent article from LandandWater.com External Website about the history of the lake and restoration efforts. There are 5 public boat ramps around the lake and one fish camp. When water levels are low, the best ramps to use on Lake Jackson are Sunset Landing and Crowder Road Landing.


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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 Jackson:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 58

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 8


Current Forecast:

The water level in Lake Jackson remains very low despite recent afternoon thunderstorms. Anglers are limited to launching small jon boats, canoes, and kayaks at Miller’s Landing, Rhoden Cove, Sunset Landing, and Crowder Road. The Highway 27 boat ramp is best suited for hand-launching canoes and kayaks. Use caution traveling across the lake. Many channels going across the lake are very shallow and you may run aground. As for fishing, target bream using crickets, worms, or beetle-spins. During warmer months larger bream will move to the deeper areas of the lake, although they can also be seen bedding throughout the summer. To target largemouth bass, fish near lily pads. Topwater baits (such as frogs) work the best on Lake Jackson in the early morning or late evening. For anglers seeking lots of action try using spinners or other shiny lures for chain pickerel (jackfish). These fish are a great way to keep new or young anglers busy while fishing.

FWC Facts:
Freshwater fish have a series of sensory pores called the lateral line that detect movement and vibration in the water, which helps with predatory and schooling behavior.

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