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Lochloosa Lake is a Lake in Alachua, Florida.

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Lochloosa Lake is designated as a Fish Management Area and located 5 miles south of Hawthorne near the town of Lochloosa. Most of the shoreline is bordered by old-growth cypress trees, and knotgrass and spatterdock (bonnets) are the predominant aquatic plants in the lake. Lochloosa Lake offers good bluegill, redear sunfish and warmouth (bream) fishing during April through September; however, some bream can be caught year-round. Anglers targeting bream should fish with grass shrimp in deep-water spatterdock or deeper grass patches. Black crappie fishing is best from January through April in the spatterdock with grass shrimp and minnows. During summer and fall, crappie anglers should drift open water with grass shrimp and minnows.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

During the cooler months: Anglers will unlikely catch many bass in a day but those that are brought in will generally be of quality size. Additionally, bluegill and redear sunfish can be caught on crickets, grass shrimp and live minnows in the pads at the northwest side of the lake, most of Little Lochloosa and the south end of the lake. The knotgrass patches on the east shore and around Burnt Island are also worth a try.

Crappie anglers should drift open water with live minnows or jigs during October and November, and start fishing closer to shore as December approaches. The fall and winter months of last year proved to be an extremely successful period for black crappie anglers, and expectations are just as high this year.

For those anglers without a boat, keep the fishing pier in mind at Burnt Island located south of the town of Lochloosa off of Hwy 301.

Recreational Activities: 

Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, canoeing, and boating. This area is a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail.

Camping: 

Primitive camping (with permit outside of hunting season).

Boat Ramp: 

A public boat ramp provides access to the lake from U.S. Highway 301 in the town of Lochloosa, and at Yankee Landing-Finway Fish Camp just north of the town of Lochloosa, also accessed from U.S. 301. In addition, a public pier is located south of the town of Lochloosa on Burnt Island and is a popular fishing site for those without a boat.

Wildlife: 

Lochloosa WMA surrounds Lochloosa Lake and provides habitat for large populations of bald eagles, osprey, and wading birds. Eighteen listed species live within the area, including Florida black bear, fox squirrel, eastern indigo snake, wood stork, and sandhill crane.

Name: 
Lochloosa Lake
Waterbody type: 
Lake
County: 
Alachua
State: 
Florida
Country: 
United States
Surface area: 
5700.00
Standard elevation: 
17
Latitude: 
29.5239
Longitude: 
-82.132