Lake JacksonLeon County

Located 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 about the history of the lake and restoration efforts. There are 5 public boat ramps around the lake and one fish camp.

Attention Lake Jackson Anglers:

SPECIAL REGULATION (Effective as of September 9, 2013): No person shall take, kill or possess more than (5) black bass per day, only one of which may be greater than sixteen (16) inches in total length. This regulation applies to Lake Jackson proper, including Little Lake Jackson west of Highway 27, Meginnis arm of Lake Jackson north of Interstate 10, and Fords Arm of Lake Jackson west of Meridian road.

You do not have to release largemouth bass below 16 inches in length.  There is not a 12 inch minimum size limit for largemouth bass.  (See below for further information.)

Fishhound External Website also offers a fishing forecast for Lake Jackson External Website .


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

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 Jackson:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 15

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 4


Current Forecast:

The water level in Lake Jackson has dropped several inches over what was supposed to be our “rainy season” in January and February.  Anglers should still be able to access the lake at Sunset, Rhoden Cove, Miller’s Landing, Crowder Road for now, but that may change in the upcoming months if lake levels continue to drop.   Fishing for bream and shellcrackers should pick up this quarter (try wigglers or crickets).  Black crappie fishing has been fair, but will slow down throughout the quarter.  Try topwater action for bass in the early morning or late evening.  Remember the bass regulation for Lake Jackson is a 5 fish daily bag limit, only one of which may be greater than 16 inches. Please note the current bass regulation on Lake Jackson: anglers are allowed no more than 5 bass per day, only one of which may be greater than 16 inches.
Largemouth Bass less than 16 inches in length may be kept.  There is NOT a 12 inch minimum on Lake Jackson.  As an example, an angler could legally keep 5 bass of the following sizes in one day of fishing: 1 8-inch bass, 1 10-inch bass, 1-12 inch bass, 1-14 inch bass, and 1 18-inch bass. If there are questions regarding this regulation, please call the Northwest regional office at 850-265-3676.  Biologists encourage the harvest of small bass and strongly encourage the release of trophy-size individuals so they can live to fight another day.

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