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BASS FISHING Lake George
About Lake George Florida
Throughout this description of Lake George, you may see us lose sight of the fishing. While the fishing is just short of fabulous most of the time, the lake has so many other features as well. So as you are reading on, keep the fishing faith, and enjoy the read. Read More
- Fishing Chairs
- GPS & Fishfinder
- Life Jackets
- Catch and Release Allowed
- Keep Fish Allowed within Laws
About this Tour:
- Boat Specs: 20+ ft
- Boat Capacity: 4 People
- All Fishing Equipment
- Boat & Fuel
- Light Tackle
- Heavy Tackle
- Fly Fishing
- Artificial Lures
- Spinning Rods
- Baitcasting Rods
- Left & Right Handed
- Fly Rods (request only)
- Braid & Mono Line
What is Entailed:
- Fishing beautiful North Florida on a boat fully equipped with top quality rods, reels, hooks, and artificial lures.
- Exploring top state-ranked Lake George in search of trophy largemouth bass, hard-fighting black crappie (speck) and so much more.
- Guided fishing tour by a USCG professional fishing captain knowledgeable of North Florida and all of its waters.
- Take home a souvenir of your big catch with perfect photos taken by your guide and spread on social media as desired.
Local Operator Information:
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers for your destination, are included on your Confirmation email. Our Trip Managers select only the most experienced and reliable guides in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
- Participants are encouraged to bring comfortable shoes, a light-colored shirt, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LAKE GEORGE
Lake George Information
Did you known Lake George is the second-largest freshwater lake in Florida? Only world-famous Lake Okeechobee is more prominent in the Sunshine State.
Lake George covers 46,000 acres or 11 miles long by 6 miles wide and is considered the largest total body of water in Florida. Lake George lies about halfway between the St. Johns River’s headwaters and the river’s closure with Jacksonville’s mighty, the Atlantic Ocean.
A Bit of History
British in the 1700s purchased Florida; John Bartram, an explorer, named the lake after King George.
As we mentioned initially, Lake George is the second largest lake in Florida, only after Lake Okeechobee. It was the third-largest lake behind Lake Apopka. Still, the conversion of the littoral zone on Lake Apopka’s northern side to farm fields in the previous century reduced its surface size, making it the third-largest and giving the title to Lake George.
To the east of the lake is Salt Cove, taking the flow from Salt Creek. Just south of Salt Cove is Lisk Point, named for a Dr. Lisk, who built a house near the point. Steamboats coming down from Jacksonville made a counterclockwise loop around the lake with their first stop at Lisk Point.
There is an operational U.S. Military bombing range called Pine Castle Bombing Range in the Ocala National Forest just west of Lake George and a designated bombing range in the lake itself. The bombing ranges date back to WWII when the Navy built bomb targets in Lake George and nearby Crescent Lake and stationed people in the area to keep up the marks and do search and rescue operations for downed pilots.
Although the bombing doesn’t happen anymore, the framing of the lake’s targets is still apparent.
Things to know about George
The average depth is less than 8 feet deep; Lake George’s west side encompassed the Ocala Forest. The flow of three significant springs into Lake George on the west side provides plenty of salt content. With the addition of Salt Springs that enters the northwest side of the lake, which is about 4.3 miles in length.
About midway down on the west side of the lake, Silver Glen Springs enters the lake. From Juniper Creek, multiple springs flow into Lake George on the southwest side, with Juniper Springs at the creek’s headwater.
The large island on the far north side of the lake is Drayton Island. The St. Johns River flows out of the lake at the north end at Rocky Point.
The Lake’s Wildlife
The lake also hosts various wildlife ranging from migratory waterbirds and alligators to several commonly marine animals. Local springs in Lake George (and throughout the St. Johns River) impart enough salt to the system to make the habitat suitable to resident and migratory marine species like Atlantic stingray, various mullet, striped bass species, and blue crabs.
There is a large enough blue crab population to support a local fishery, making it one of the world’s only freshwater blue crab fisheries.
There are miles of Lake George Conservation Area to explore. Hiking trails through the palms are top-rated; the sights of old southern hardwood and cypress trees are ancient Florida at its best. It’s not uncommon to see a glimpse of ospreys, foxes, squirrels, deer, and wild turkey, as well as an occasional owl.
Fishing Lake George Florida
Designated as a Florida fishing destination, Lake George is famous for largemouth bass, bluegill, striped bass, crappie, and shell cracker. Boating such as pontoons, speed boats, kayaks, canoes, and other watercraft are trendy activities enjoyed on the lake.
When your fishing Lake George, note a cluster of pilings out in the lake. There are three of them, and they are laid out in a circular pattern and serve as ‘targets’ for the bombing range. The center cluster is the largest and is significant because it has a ship sunk in the middle of the piling circle. Local anglers, who know the boat is there, find it a fine place to take crappie year-round.
In May through July, the lake’s striped bass population often provided great surface action in the bombing range area, particularly near the pilings. Watch for them, and you can get the kinks out of your line in a hurry.
Stands Among the Best
Lake George is considered a Florida trophy lake; it’s not uncommon to catch six to nine pounders. The overall health and population of fish on the lake are excellent. It peeks during the spawn, as all the fish in the surrounding creeks come into the lake’s edge to spawn. One of the popular areas is Nine Mile Point. Bass fishing success comes with plastic worms rigged in Texas-rig or Carolina-rig targeting the pilings. The darker colors seem to work well in the brackish water. You’ll also find some good mixes of eelgrass and reeds along the bank here, suitable for bass fishing. Anglers use spinnerbaits, worms, and even spoons to bring the bass out of the grass.
There are many fish camps and facilities around Lake George, particularly along the lake’s northern side. Others at the South end, at Volusia Bar, and the Pine Island facility is on the Eastside. Additionally, the town of Crescent City is only 15 minutes East of George and has ample facilities for overnight stays.
Where’s it Located?
It is positioned between Jacksonville to the north, Daytona Beach to the east, and Orlando to the south. Lake George is a beautiful escape, back to olf, Florida. Astor to the south is widespread access to Lake George; it has all basic town needs, and it’s on the river.
Palm Coast and Daytona are a straight shot and provide all the housing of your choice, restaurants, stores, and only minutes away DelandMunicipal Airport.
Why Lake George Salty?
Lake George has significant salt content. The saline level is high enough that many saltwater fish and plant species thrive in its waters. There is a large blue crab fishery that forms a significant part of the local economy.
The St. Johns River waters, entering the lake at the South end, contain a fair amount of salt from the run-off waters and springs, which enter Lake Harney and Lake George. Also, to the three feeder creeks we mentioned above on the west side of Lake George. Salt Springs Creek, as the name would imply, is incredibly salty. The waters continuously dilute as the river flows to the north, particularly when the clean, fresh waters of the Oklawaha River enter.
Lake George Nearby Fun
The theme parks and Disney World, the country’s favorite family-friendly attraction, is geographically near Lake George. Jacksonville is to the most northern point of the st johns river and has its own set of amusement, shops, and museums for the family.