Lake StoneEscambia County:

Lake Stone in a 130-acre man-made impoundment constructed in 1967, opened to fishing in 1969 and designated as a Fish Management Area. It has an average depth of 6 feet and a maximum depth of 22 feet. Deepest areas are located near the dam and along the old streambed. A considerable amount of flooded timber remains, providing fish habitat. This lake has been stocked with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish (shellcracker), Black Crappie, and Channel Catfish. Lake Stone is located in northern Escambia County near Century, FL. Entrance to the lake is located on Lake Stone Rd off SR 4 approximately 1.5 miles west of US 29 in Century. There is one concrete boat ramp with ample parking available on the northwest end of the lake with an additional boat launching site constructed with crushed rock on the northeast side of the lake near the dam. Several earthen fishing fingers have been constructed on the lake to provide fishing opportunities for bank anglers. Bait and fishing supplies are available in nearby Century. Escambia County maintains the Lake Stone Recreation Area located on the northwest end of the lake. This area provides fee-type camping with or without electric/water hookups. Lake Stone is subject to the rules and regulations currently in effect for Fish Management Areas. Please refer to a current copy of Florida Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations. Gasoline boat motors are prohibited from use on Lake Stone; however, use of electric trolling motors is allowed.

For additional information regarding fishing opportunities at Lake Stone contact Blackwater Fisheries Center in Holt (850-957-6175).

 

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Current Forecast:

A true gem for trophy largemouth bass anglers, Lake Stone has the potential to produce certified lunkers on a consistent basis with several trophy tagged fish residing in its depths. It appears that a healthy forage base has kept the bass fat and happy as spring time FWC electrofishing surveys have seen numerous fish over the 5lb mark. Fish the middles of coves around the lake in about 3-5ft of water to catch bedding bass. With abundant shad, chubsuckers, and golden shiners, any bait which mimics these fish has the potential to hang a trophy. Rat-L-Traps, crank baits, or spinner baits should be productive while plastic worms and swim baits can be utilized to tempt more sluggish fish. Be sure to handle these spawning bass with care and return them to their beds as quickly as possible. All manner of predators lurk on the fringes, seeking the opportunity to gobble up a nice clutch of unguarded eggs. Bluegill and shellcracker will begin to spawn as the water temperature increases (68-80 degrees) and can be caught off the bed using crickets, red-worms, or wigglers fished under a cork. If you prefer to fish more actively for bream, it seems you can never go wrong with a small roostertail, beetlespin, or curly-tailed jig. Although grand numbers of “white perch” (crappie) haven’t yet been observed in our surveys, isolated individuals have been collected indicating that a reproducing population likely exists. It may be worthwhile to target deeper (3-6ft) structure with small crappie jigs or tiny crankbaits and spinners. Who knows, you might unearth a goldmine of slab crappie. If it is catfish you desire, try fishing in the evening or at night with the typical fare (chicken/beef livers or earthworms).

 



FWC Facts:
Otoliths, commonly known as "ear stones," are hard, bone-like structures located directly behind the brain of bony fishes. These structures aid fish in balance and hearing.

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