Gadsden and Leon counties
Located just west of Tallahassee, this 8,800 acre reservoir is nationally known for its high quality black crappie (speckled perch) fishery. The best black crappie fishing occurs in winter months (January through April) during the prespawn and spawning period. There is very little vegetation, but lots of tree stumps and logs. At certain times of year largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, white bass, and striped bass fishing are excellent. Lake Talquin, for a Florida lake, is deep with an average depth of 15 feet and a maximum depth of 40 feet. There are 7 public boat ramps and 5 public fishing piers on the Leon County side of the lake (Hwy 20). On the Gadsden County side, there are 3 public boat ramps and 2 public fishing piers. Six fish camps surround the lake.
All crappie that are less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately. Largemouth bass regulations fall under statewide regulations. Statewide bag and length limits for black bass are: 5 Black bass (including largemouth, Suwannee, spotted, Choctaw, and shoal bass, individually or in total), only one of which may be 16 inches or longer in total length. There is no statewide minimum length limit for largemouth bass.
Ingram’s Marina; 354 Lois Lane, Quincy, Florida 32351: 850-627-2241.
Lake Talquin Lodge; 231 Gainey Road, Quincy, FL 32351: 850-627-3822.
Whippoorwill Sportsman Lodge; 3129 Cooks Landing Rd, Quincy, FL 32351: 850-875-2605.
Fishhound also offers a fishing forecast for Lake Talquin .
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 Talquin:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 40
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 15
We should be in store for another outstanding winter of crappie fishing. Remember to respect the harvest regulations (10” minimum, 25 per person, per day). Minnows or jigs in deeper water should do the trick. Striped bass can also be caught and harvested while targeting crappie. The striped bass regulation is 3 per person, per day, with an 18” minimum size limit. Focus your bass fishing efforts in deep water adjacent to drop-offs or ledges. Please note that Lake Talquin is under the statewide largemouth bass fishing regulation; 5 fish daily bag limit, only one of which can be 16” in total length or longer.