Gadsden and Leon counties

Lake TalquinLocated 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.

Contacts:

Ingram’s Marina External link; 354 Lois Lane, Quincy, Florida 32351: 850-627-2241.

Lake Talquin Lodge External link; 231 Gainey Road, Quincy, FL 32351: 850-627-3822.

Whippoorwill Sportsman Lodge External link; 3129 Cooks Landing Rd, Quincy, FL 32351: 850-875-2605.

 

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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 Talquin:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 49

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 19

 

Current Forecast:

Bream fishing should be productive. Remember to respect the harvest regulations for bream, (50 per person, per day). Wigglers or crickets should do the trick. Largemouth bass fishing is best in deeper water during the warm water conditions of early fall. Crank-baits or Carolina-rigged soft plastics should work well for bass adjacent to drop-offs or ledges. Keep an eye out for schooling fish; largemouth bass and stripers can be easily caught on just about any lure when they are busting shad at the surface during early morning and late evening. As the weather begins to cool off crappie can be caught trolling long lines with crappie jigs and minnows around deep ledges. The folks at Lake Talquin Lodge, Whippoorwill, and Ingram’s always know when and where they’re biting.

 



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