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Lake Talquin

Anybody know anything about it?

 A bunch of us are heading down Friday am to fish the weekend and I don't really have a clue about the place.

I'm sure I can figure it out but any insight would be appreciated. Mainly bream/catfish. I'm not a big bass and/or crappie fishing fan.

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  • JTRJTR Posts: 1,184 Officer
    Bream and catfish can be caught all over the lake. The Iron Curtain is a good spot to start. If you put in at Coe's Landing the Iron Curtain is right there to the east. It is a wall of trees a couple hundred yards long. Should be a number of boats already on it. You can fish all around the Iron Curtain and head up into the river area. If you stay to the east / south east it will get shallow 2-4' and less if you press up in to the shallows. It's a beautiful area, lots of gators, Ospreys and Eagles. Be careful when you go into the coves around the lake. Lots of submerged stumps. Drop off plane and idle to your spot. Lots of good fishing just go slow and look for the stumps. You will see some boats blasting by, you can follow them - they know the channel to run.

    Good luck and have fun.
  • trout069trout069 Posts: 5,456 Admiral
    Jtr do you ever fish for stripers  below the dam?
  • brotherinlawbrotherinlaw Posts: 3,859 Captain
    Thanks. We will be at Lake Talquin Lodge. If anybody is around give us a holler. We got the old block rooms rented right up from the ramp.
  • micci_manmicci_man Somewhere in FLPosts: 14,859 AG
    Just know there are stump fields in the lake. I've been a couple of times with an older guy that fished it all the time. He did put of on the bedding bream. The beds were in the main lake just out of the mouth of the Little River,
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  • JTRJTR Posts: 1,184 Officer
    trout069 said:
    Jtr do you ever fish for stripers  below the dam?
    Haven't done that in years.

    Shinner under a cork at night is how we used to do it.
  • JTRJTR Posts: 1,184 Officer
    micci_man said:
    Just know there are stump fields in the lake. I've been a couple of times with an older guy that fished it all the time. He did put of on the bedding bream. The beds were in the main lake just out of the mouth of the Little River,
    There are lots of stumps in the lake.

    When you pass over a large bedding area, the smell of fish will just about make you gag.
  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,813 Captain
    That’s a cool app!
    Thank you!
    God, save the South!
  • fsuwxmanfsuwxman Posts: 1,290 Officer
    Been said several times but can’t be emphasized enough...it’s a massively stumpy lake. 
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  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 8,996 Admiral
    Beware of the boat thieves they're out there.
  • brotherinlawbrotherinlaw Posts: 3,859 Captain

    Had a good weekend. No bedding fish as we were between the moons but we did manage some good fish in the pads.

    6 boats and no one hit a stump while running except my BIL. He was running his trolling motor and hit something with it and broke it loose from the mounting.

    I can imagine him when he said he threw his rod down and dove on his belly for the front deck and caught it before it got away. Had to be comical to say the least. Remounted in a different position and back on the water in an hour or so.

    I learned a lot about the lake and will be going back.

  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,813 Captain
    Awesome!
    God, save the South!
  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 8,996 Admiral
    Glad he caught his motor.  It's a little chilly to be diving.
  • micci_manmicci_man Somewhere in FLPosts: 14,859 AG
    Glad a good time was had by all. I was a little worried about being between the moon phases. They started bedding on the lake here I'm told.
    Common Sense can't be bought, taught or gifted, yet it is one of the few things in life that is free, and most refuse to even attempt to possess it. - Miguel Cervantes
  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Posts: 2,235 Captain
    Don't remember the date/year, but think it was back in the very early 70's, Lake Talquin was drained bone dry and logging crews logged out  large sections of dead and down timber that was still preserved in the mud. Think I'm correct in saying this, but possibly not: when the Lake was initially flooded timber was not in any demand, so it was simply cut down and left lying on the Lake Bottom. The Dam was built back in the Depression era or maybe just before, and an old Mentor of mine, Miller Walston, Tallahassee City Engineer at the time, was one of a party of 12 who designed the whole "shooting match". Miller designed the electric generators (3 I think) that had WOODEN bearings made out of Lignum vide. These wooden bearings are still in place in the generators to this day! I remember seeing the Lake about bone-dry, and it is full of stumps beyond belief! Striper fishing below the Dam used to be a really Big event!  
  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,813 Captain
    Nice comment Woodsrunner!
    God, save the South!
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