Lake Jackson/Lake Talquin


Historic Lake Jackson located in the North Central part of Tallahassee, FL is a veritable bass factory also known for its number of trophy bass caught each year.

This 4000 acre prairie lake was once a major destination for bass fishermen from around the world chasing that all elusive 10lb trophy.

For century’s this Leon county treasure also had a hidden secret that was known only to the Indians who rightfully named Lake Jackson (Okeeheepkee), or disappearing lake.

Even today the debate goes on and on as to the bass migration or growth and return each time the lake fills up after water levels in the Florida Aquifer drop to levels so low, sink holes open and drain the lake just like a toilet being flushed.

At the end of the day it makes no difference how the enormous big bass population replenishes and to bass enthusiasts the chase is on for the Florida Trophy bass that lurk beneath the surface.


Located 20 miles west of Tallahassee bordering Leon and Gadsen counties Lake Talquin is a manmade lake by the damming of the Oklockonee river.

This 8,800 acre reservoir is nationally known for its high quality Black Crappie (speckled perch) fishery. The best Black Crappie fishing occurs in cooler months (December through April) during the pre-spawn and spawning period. There is very little vegetation, but lots of tree stumps and logs.

At certain times of year Largemouth Bass,  White Bass, and Striped Bass fishing are excellent. Lake Talquin, for a Florida lake, is deep with an average depth of 15 feet and a maximum depth of 40 feet. There are 7 public boat ramps and 5 public fishing piers on the Leon County side of the lake (Hwy 20). On the Gadsden County side, there are 3 public boat ramps and 2 public fishing piers.


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