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.

Fishhound External link also offers a fishing forecast for Lake Talquin External link.

 

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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 Talquin:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 47

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 19

 

Current Forecast:

Lake Talquin is known for trophy crappie across the nation. Although difficult to catch during summer months, anglers have luck trolling in deep channels (~20 ft). Remember that crappie must be a minimum of 10 inches to harvest. Lake Talquin also gives anglers their best option for catching a trophy largemouth bass for the area. Again fishing deeper channels with deep-diving crankbaits or dark-colored Carolina-rigged worms work best. Fishing for bream along shorelines can produce some successful days during summer months. Pitching crickets along docks and shoreline structure for bluegill or worms on the bottom for redear (shellcracker) are your best bet. For those who wish to try fly fishing, there are hatching flies in early summer. Anglers should seek areas where bream are surfacing to feed.

 



FWC Facts:
Sunshine bass are bred at FWC hatcheries by crossing white bass with striped bass. Approximately 1 million sunshine bass are stocked in Florida each year.

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