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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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 Jackson:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 58

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 8


Current Forecast:

The water level on Lake Jackson remains low. The daily thunderstorms throughout much of the summer have done very little to bring the lake up. Anglers can launch smaller boats at Sunset (and Crowder Landing if you have 4WD). Hand launching small jon boats, canoes and kayaks is possible at Rhoden Cove, Hwy 27 and Miller’s Landing. Fishing for bream should be good this quarter with wigglers and crickets. Crappie should start biting when the water cools off in late October or early November. Live minnows or crappie jigs are your best bets. Try topwater baits for largemouth bass early in the morning and late in the evening through early November. Be courteous to our recreational alligator hunters and waterfowl hunters that should be present during the quarter.

FWC Facts:
Research has shown that many species of fishes, crustaceans and shellfish depend on seagrass meadows for habitat.

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