Florida Fishing Regions

Bradford County
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Sampson Lake
(2,042 acres) Located four miles west of Starke off SR 100. This lake is an infertile body of water with only three deep holes. Sampson Lake offers excellent largemouth bass fishing during February, March and April when the fish move into the maidencane, hydrilla and lily pad shoreline areas to spawn. The best baits for spring fishing are spinner baits and purple and blue artificial worms.

Black crappie fishing is fair with the best months being January, February and March. Live minnows drifted near the bottom are a proven producer. Bluegill and redear fishing is excellent during April, May and June when the fish move into the maidencane to spawn. The best baits are live worms and crickets. Sunshine bass are a local favorite and provide good action during the winter months. Most fish are taken while crappie fishing with live minnows. Sampson has three brush-type fish attractors.

Rowell Lake
(363 acres) Located four miles west of Starke off SR 100. This eutrophic water body has a flat, featureless bottom with a maximum depth of six feet. Rowell Lake offers excellent largemouth bass fishing from January through June. The best baits are purple and black artificial worms. Live shiners are always productive and should be drifted in open-water areas. Artificial lures should be fished along the cypress tree shoreline.

Crappie fishing is excellent with the favorite bait being live minnows drifted in open water. Bluegill and redear grow at a fast rate in eutrophic lakes and offer good fishing. Live worms and crickets work best when the fish move into the cypress tree shoreline. The best months are April, May and June. This lake also has brush-type fish attractors, which provide excellent fishing. Each attractor is marked with an orange and white buoy. Sunshine bass fishing is excellent in the winter months.

Crosby Lake
(400 acres) Located 1-1/2 miles west of Starke off SR 100 and is noted for black crappie and yearling bass. Crosby Lake offers fair bass fishing throughout the year. However, the lake rarely yields larger than yearling fish. The most productive baits are small float-diving type lures and small purple and black artificial worms.

Crappie fishing can be excellent for smaller fish. The best fishing is around the brush-type fish attractors using live minnows fished about three feet deep. Bluegill and redear fishing is very poor.


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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