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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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): 42

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 18

 

Current Forecast:

Black crappie fishing has been excellent again this season. Crappie have moved into shallow water. They can be found in the shallows as water temperatures remain in the upper 60’s throughout the lake. Minnows or crappie jigs should do the trick. The folks at Lake Talquin Lodge (231 Gainey’s Road), Whippoorwill and Ingram’s always know when and where they’re biting. Lake Talquin is also your best bet to land a trophy bass in the region. Largemouth bass remain in the shallows throughout April and early May. Fish should be plentiful in less than six foot of water. Work the vegetation in the back of the creeks and the docks on the main lake for best results.

 



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