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Eagle Lake closes temporarily June 27

News Release

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

Eagle Lake Fish Management Area in Hamilton County closes June 27 and will remain closed for approximately one month, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

“Potash Corp is temporarily closing the lake for public safety because heavy equipment will be operating in the area to complete several projects,” said Patrick Kroboth, FWC fish biologist.

Anglers looking for an alternate place to fish in the area can visit Lang Lake. Directions to Lang Lake are at:, click on “Freshwater,” “Sites & Forecasts,” “North Central Forecast” and “Hamilton County Phosphate Pits.”

Lang Lake FMA is an 86-acre reclaimed pit. Trolling motors only are allowed although gasoline motors may still be attached to the boat.  

“Panfish and bass fishing should be good this time of year,” Kroboth said. “Anglers should look to target spawning panfish with crickets off lake points focusing on the northern three lobes of the lake (head to the right out of the boat ramp).”

Bass can be caught throughout the lake on shad imitation baits.

“Once Eagle Lake reopens, we are asking anglers to properly dispose of their trash,” Kroboth said. “Litter in the area is an ongoing problem. Please be courteous so we can continue to provide fishing access to the lake.”

FWC Facts:
Boat/PWC-rental facilities may not rent a vessel that does not have proper safety equipment, exceeds the recommended horsepower or load capacity, or is not seaworthy.

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