HAMILTON PHOSPHATE PITS Eagle and Lang (Hamilton County): Closest town Lake Hamilton the lake is 2,162 acres, Public Boat Access located off Hwy. 27. Both of these lakes are Fish Management Areas (license is required to fish). Both are green in color, fertile, and deeper than average north Florida lakes, but typically grow more fish per acre due to abundant forage throughout the Hamilton Phosphate Pits.
Hamilton Phosphate Pits Fishing
Eagle Lake (200 acres) is old and very fertile. Steep sides, a maze of narrow cuts with points and sand bars and cattails in the coves characterize the lake. No concrete boat ramps exist. Largemouth bass fishing is best in spring; bluegill, redear sunfish and brown bullhead catfish are best in the summer; black crappie and stocked sunshine bass are best in fall and winter. Hamilton Phosphate Pits, Eagle Lake produces the fastest sunshine bass growth in this region. Fish up to 8 pounds have been reported at only 23 months of age. Trolling motors only may be operated on Eagle Lake, although gasoline motors may be attached to the boat.
Lang Lake Fish Management Area (86 acres) is a reclaimed Hamilton Phosphate Pit, meaning all the islands and shoreline have been graded to create gradual slopes with deep water only in the center of cuts. The vegetated shelf thus created is a fertile fish factory with cypress trees, cattails and hydrilla out to about eight feet, dropping like a wall to 20 feet. An 18 inch minimum size provides quality largemouth bass fishing. Large bluegill are caught mostly in late spring through fall. Trolling motors only are allowed although gasoline motors may still be attached to the boat. A minimum size of 10 inches has been established for black crappie.
Eagle Lake and Lang Lake specializing in Largemouth Bass, Bluegill and Black Crappie.
Eagle Lake catch hybrid striped bass presents the opportunity to hook into some of these hard-fighting fish. Hybrids feed on a variety of offerings ranging from live bait to chicken liver. A best bet for locating these free roaming fish is to target flow areas where hybrids stage while waiting for unsuspecting prey.
Lang Lake: lake has topped out coontail and hydrilla with sun baked filamentous algae mats choking it. Ideal water levels are about four feet down and two solar-powered bottom up aeration systems that were proposed have been nixed. Spring fishing generally supports poor numbers of sportfish but an outstanding brown bullhead population. These fish will likely be very hungry and should make for some enjoyable early morning and late afternoon fishing. For piece of mind at the ramp, a 4×4 is always a safe bet as Hamilton Phosphate Pits is not responsible for the outcome.
Please note special quality regulations are in effect on Lang Lake: largemouth bass – minimum size 18 inches; black crappie – minimum size 10 inches. Note: The daily bag limits for bass – only one over 22 inches; crappie – 25 fish per day and panfish – 20 fish per day remain unchanged.