Florida Fishing Regions

Okaloosa County
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Blackwater River

(see Santa Rosa County)

Eglin Field

Many creeks along with natural and manmade ponds and lakes. Early spring is the best time to catch both bass and bream from these ponds. Artificial worms, broken-back minnows and topwater plugs are the best bait for bass. Bream baits include crickets, earthworms and grass shrimp. Fishing brochure available on request from Natural Resources Division, Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542.

Hurricane Lake

A 318-acre Commission managed impoundment in Blackwater State Forest north of SR 4 between Baker and Munson. The lake is limed and fertilized to increase fish production. Camping facilities are available. Some large bass are taken from this impoundment annually. The best bass baits are either green or black artificial worms fished in the spring and early summer. Bream fishing is fair in the spring. Best baits include crickets and earthworms. Catfish have been stocked and can be caught on earthworms and chicken livers. Bottom fishing is best for catfish.

Karick Lake

A 65-acre Commission managed impoundment near Blackman off SR 189. The lake is limed and fertilized to increase fish production. Camping sites on both sides of the lake. This is an outstanding lake for bluegill in spring and early summer. Bream fishing is fair in spring using crickets and earthworms. Catfish have been stocked and can be caught on earthworms and chicken livers. Bass fishing is good in the spring; best baits are artificial worms and spinner baits.

Shoal Lake

May be reached over U. S. Hwy 90, four miles east of Crestview and off SR 85, five miles south of Crestview. Best fishing is in the lower section of the river. The spring and early summer are the best times to catch both bass and bream. Some nice bass are caught on crankbaits and artificial worms. Jigger fishing for bass is also productive in the murky water. The best bream baits are crickets and earthworms. Fly fishing for bream is also good in the early morning and late afternoon.

Yellow River

Has 50 miles of swift-running, yellow-brown water. Reached over U. S. Hwy 90 at Milligan; SR 2 at Oak Grove, Okaloosa County; and SR 87 in Santa Rosa County. Lower reaches of the river are best for fishing. Spring and summer are the times to catch both bluegill and shellcracker. The best baits are redworms, wigglers and crickets. Bass fishing is productive in the spring on crankbaits and artificial worms.


Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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