Breaking Down The North Central
For the purpose of LocalAngler, we’ve defined the North Central region as the following counties: Baker County, Union County, Bradford County, Alachua County, Gilchrist County, Lafayette County, Suwannee County, Columbia County, Hamilton County and Madison County.
Riddled in creeks and smaller waterways that are loaded with panfish, catfish, bass and more. It’s also known for Ocean Pond, which is a pretty large body of water for the area, and almost perfectly round. Totally weird, but located right inside the southern portion of the Osceola National Forest.
Honestly, I’m sure there’s a lot more than what I’ve found in the past, but there is the New River, which is a feeder into the Santa Fe River and a couple of noteworthy small lakes. Who’s got more info on this area? Is the River easily accessible? Probably paddle craft?
Two lakes come to mind; Lake Sampson and Lake Rowell. Sampson is known for a quality panfish experience, while anglers tend to go to Lake Rowell for their shot at larger bass in the area. Rowell has it’s fair share of bass over 8 lbs recorded, and even a few over 10 lbs!
Gator Country is loaded with some awesome freshwater options. Lake Santa Fe, Newnan’s Lake, Lochloosa Creek and a ton of other great bodies of water throughout the area. There was an 8 lb fish caught in Orange Lake back in September, which means there should be some quality fish coming out this spring.
Various areas in the county where you can find some stomping grounds on the Suwannee River and the Santa Fe River.
Of all the counties in Florida, Lafayette ranks 2nd for lowest population. That’s human population. It’s probably loaded with fish population because of this. Isn’t natural habitat a beautiful thing?
Suwannee River. Need we say more. This is where it all pretty much ends for the river. However, just because it ends doesn’t mean that it’s not still flowing. There’s ample water to fish and a ton of natural resources to keep these waterways beautiful. Has anyone caught a Suwannee Bass? It’s on my bucket list!
The target for an angler here would be Alligator Lake. There’s some serious restrictions on the lake, due to the water levels that fluxuate pretty naturally as a direct result of direct aquifer connection via sink holes. This lake is responsible for over 75 recorded 8 lb fish, and more than a dozen over 10lbs. There’s also been a reported fish coming in over 13lbs… That’s a hawg, right there…
There’s a deep, dark secret in Hamilton County… Okay, not much of a secret, however it is a different breed of water than most places. The Phosphate Pits of Hamilton County have been known to produce some lunkers from time to time. Well over a dozen fish turned in over 8 lbs.
Hosting a few ponds and small lakes, and even a swampy area, you’d think that there’s probably a good low-pressure fishery somewhere. We will find it, and we will fish it. That’s what we say, anyway!
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