Deerpoint Lake

Details

Location:
Panama City, FL
United States United States
Coordinates:
30.2757, -85.5945
Distance:
5,000 Acres
Description:

A 5,000-acre impoundment located 7 miles north of Panama City off US 231 and SR 77 at Southport. Deer Point Lake is fed by natural freshwater streams and supplies more than 760 million gallons of fresh water daily to Panama City and the surrounding areas. The lake can be accessed by taking US 231 north from Panama City (6 miles) to C2321 west (1.5 miles) and turn right on C2311 for (3.5 miles); the ramp is on the left. There are two fish camps located on the Lake, Cherokee Landing (on County Road 2301 at bridge crossing); 10035 County Road 2301, Youngstown, FL 32466 (850) 722-4902, and Tharp's Camp (off Resota Beach Road) 4405 Huckleberry Lane, Panama City, FL 32409 (850) 265-2330. This lake is best known for its shellcracker (redear sunfish) fishing during the spring (April through June) using earthworms as live bait. Fly fishing for shellcracker during the spring can also be productive when fishing early morning, late afternoon, and evening. Bream (bluegill) fishing is also good in the spring using crickets and earthworms. Largemouth bass fishing is best in the spring to early summer and again in the fall using plastic worms and crankbaits. Broken-back-minnow lures are also effective for bass when fished near the shoreline. During the winter months largemouth bass fishing will slow down but should pick up in mid-February and March. Try fishing for bass in the old river channels of Bear, Cedar, and Bayou George using diving crankbaits or Rat-L-Traps. Spring bass fishermen should fish the shallow weedy areas of the lake and along stumps and snags with artificial worms and lizards. Redear (shellcracker) and bluegill (bream) fishing should be fair during the winter and pick up in the spring. Try fishing the weedlines and brush throughout the lake. Best baits include beetle spins, worms and crickets. Historically, there have been reports of excellent crappie catches during the winter months on Deer Point, and this trend should remain through the winter into the spring. Try fishing the deep river channels in Bayou George and Cedar Creek with live minnows on a jighead. Catfish can be found in the deep waters by the dam. Best baits include chicken livers and worms.

Tips/Tactics:

This lake is best known for its shellcracker (redear sunfish) fishing during the spring (April through June) using earthworms as live bait. Fly fishing for shellcracker during the spring can also be productive when fishing early morning, late afternoon, and evening. Bream (bluegill) fishing is also good in the spring using crickets and earthworms. Largemouth bass fishing is best in the spring to early summer and again in the fall using plastic worms and crankbaits. Broken-back-minnow lures are also effective for bass when fished near the shoreline. During the winter months largemouth bass fishing will slow down but should pick up in mid-February and March. Try fishing for bass in the old river channels of Bear, Cedar, and Bayou George using diving crankbaits or Rat-L-Traps. Spring bass fishermen should fish the shallow weedy areas of the lake and along stumps and snags with artificial worms and lizards. Redear (shellcracker) and bluegill (bream) fishing should be fair during the winter and pick up in the spring. Try fishing the weedlines and brush throughout the lake. Best baits include beetle spins, worms and crickets. Historically, there have been reports of excellent crappie catches during the winter months on Deer Point, and this trend should remain through the winter into the spring. Try fishing the deep river channels in Bayou George and Cedar Creek with live minnows on a jighead. Catfish can be found in the deep waters by the dam. Best baits include chicken livers and worms.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Pier, Shore fishing access
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Fish

Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Bluegill-240-fwsw

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
Redearsunfish-240-fw

Sunfish, Redear (Lepomis microlophus)

Freshwater

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