Lake TalquinGadsden 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. For additional information you may contact Whipporwill Sportman's Lodge at 850-875-2605. All black bass that are less than 18 inches in total length and crappie that are less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Fishhound External Website also offers a fishing forecast for the Lake Talquin 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 Talquin:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 28

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 10

 

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.




FWC Facts:
Numerous marine species, like blue crabs, redfish, white shrimp, stingrays, tarpon, are found more than 100 miles upstream in the freshwater portions of the St. Johns River.

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