Happy Fishing! Check out this weekend’s Big Bend fishing report – Tallahassee Democrat


Cliff Mundinger
 |  Democrat outdoors editor

Let’s start with a huge congratulations to local BASS professional angler, Drew Cook, for winning his first tournament on the Elite series.

For those of you not familiar with professional bass fishing, these are the best bass anglers on the planet. Drew beat 94 others by sight fishing. His four-day total weighed over 105 pounds. That’s 20 total bass. Do that math and it equals some great fishing with a big monetary award and the coveted Blue Trophy!

With all the rain the past two weeks you would think Lake Jackson would be overflowing. Not the case. What will it take to fill the lake back to normal pool? Once full, if it gets to that point, what will it take to keep it from draining quicker than history would dictate?

Over the years, I’ve written many times on how Lake Jackson works. At least from the weather’s standpoint. My personal opinion combined with history seems to differ from others. Not unusual, I am not a geologist. I am however a man that has spent thousands of hours over the past 25 years fishing, boating and learning famed Lake Jackson.

The only water source that supplies the lake is rainfall and runoff. We have no control over rainfall, yet our efforts to control runoff may be a large contributor to less water flowing in. Evaporation is the number 1 reason for water dissipation. Warmer summers with less rain will drop water levels quickly. Even that’s not the total reason for the lake to “disappear” as its Indian name suggests.

Lake Jackson is a prairie lake. The Florida Aquifer flows underneath. As water levels drop in the aquifer, gravity gives way, sink holes open up and bye bye. Would that mean the aquifer has more to do with the lake draining than rainfall or runoff?  

Growth. In the past 20 years, Florida’s population has increased by over 4 million. Combined with a bottle water company mining a million gallons of spring water a day from nearby Madison County, could be a major player.

Lake Jackson’s problems are not the only water based issues in the region. The Apalachicola oyster industry has taken a huge …….


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