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Lake Talquin is a reservoir nearly 100 years old and is over 8,800 acres in size. Talquin was born when a man-made hydroelectric dam was constructed on the Ochlockonee River. Electricity is no longer generated at the dam. Today’s green energy of choice is solar power. And as a result, the state’s lake management plan is focused 100% on wildlife and outdoor recreation. Water levels remain consistent throughout the day and year. The majority of the shoreline borders picturesque Lake Talquin State Park, and several recreation areas. A few humans and a bunch more migrating birds spend their winters here. Notably bald eagles, white pelicans, and an occasional snowbird.
This is not your typical Florida lake. With a 35’ deep river channel, numerous feeder creeks, lake points, and submerged timber, it is no wonder why Lake Talquin is one of the region’s premier freshwater fisheries. But, in addition to the great bass and renowned crappie fishing, more on that to follow. Simply experiencing the scenery, sounds, and sightings of Florida’s native wildlife makes catching a fish just an added bonus! So whether you invest a little time in the opportunity to Bike-Talquin, Hike-Talquin, Paddle-Talquin, or Fish-Talquin, the adventure and your valuable time will be well spent. Authentic Florida fun, come experience Lake Talquin!
Bass Fishing on Lake Talquin
Spring and Fall seasons on Lake Talquin bring the largemouth bass to the shallow banks. While Summer and Winter, months send the angler’s pursuit offshore to the deeper points and ledges. An abundant threadfin shad population results in a healthy bass population. Locate the shad and get yourself ready for an enjoyable day at the lake. Largemouth bass over 14 pounds have been landed on Talquin. Not every outing produces a trophy catch, but this lake promises to both challenge and expand upon your skill-set. Oh yeah, striped bass have been known to make a reel sing and peel off a little drag here, too.
Crappie Fishing on Lake Talquin
Talquin is well known throughout the southeastern US for its excellent black crappie fishing. Known locally simply as specks, fish above two pounds are quite common. Anglers spider rig and long line troll small jigs throughout the year. With, the Fall and Winter seasons being the best. By early Spring, February, March, and April they move to shallow water to spawn and can hardly ever resist a live minnow. Night-time and submerged structure fishing are also effective. The state record crappie was caught on Lake Talquin – 3.81 pounds Wow!
Bream Fishing on Lake Talquin
For anglers in pursuit of bluegill, red bellies, and shellcracker the bream fishing turns on a little later in the Spring. Generally, the bite picks up in April and remains steady throughout the Summer months. Catch these frisky panfish on live crickets, worms, beetle spins, and popping bugs. Don’t be surprised if you hook a nice channel cat on your light action bream pole, too. This can be great fun for kids from age 5 to 95. No screen scrolling or trolling is required. Just keep a close eye on your cork and when it disappears you’ll know what to do.
” A young soul, the curious one, guides the journey. An old soul, the enlightened one, is the journey.”