Florida Fishing Regions

Columbia County

Watertown Lake
(46 acres) A fish management area located on the outskirts of Lake City off SR 100-A. This lake offers excellent largemouth bass fishing during the spring (February, March and April) but bass can be caught throughout the year. The best baits are topwater lures and purple, blue and black artificial worms.

Black crappie fishing is fair throughout the year with the best catches taken on live minnows drifted in open water. Bluegill fishing is excellent. Most fish are taken by trolling small spinners in open water or by fishing live crickets near shoreline vegetation.

Alligator Lake
(338 acres) Located in Lake City next to the Department of Transportation office. Fish taken here include largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish. Largemouth bass fishing is outstanding during early spring. February and March are the best producing months. Top fishing can be had using float-diving lures and purple, blue, black and motor oil colored plastic worms.

Black crappie fishing is good during March but is very slow the remainder of the year. The best bait is live minnows fished approximately three feet deep in open water. Bluegill fishing is outstanding from April through September. The best bait is live crickets fished near vegetation.

Lake Jeffery
(114 acres) Located three miles west of Lake City on SR 250 and is a fee lake. The admission for each person is 50 cents and a $2 fee is charged to launch your boat. The lake offers fair bass fishing. The clear water requires light line and small lures. The best lures are blue, green and cream colored artificial worms.

Crappie fishing is fair throughout the year with live minnows being the top producer. Bluegill fishing is excellent from May through September. The best bait is live crickets fished near maidencane beds.

Santa Fe River
Located 17 miles south of Lake City on Highways 41 and 441 at O'Leno State Park. The Santa Fe River offers excellent fishing for both Suwannee bass and largemouth bass. Although most bass caught are in the 1.5 lb. range or smaller, the combination of swift water and light line makes for an enjoyable outing. The best lure is the small black plastic worm.

The best fishing offered in the river is for redbreast sunfish. This scrappy panfish is easily caught on small spinners, live worms, and crickets, all of which should be fished near fallen trees or stumps.

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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