Silver Glen Springs General Information

A Spring with Unparalleled Beauty

Silver Glen Springs is a first-magnitude spring with a large, semicircular pool that measures 200 feet from north to south and 175 feet from east to west. Most of the strong flow emerges from two cavern openings in the rock at the bottom of the pool, with large boils at the water’s surface over the vents. The vertical cave opening called the Natural Well in the southwestern edge of the pool is about 12 to 15 feet in diameter and 40 feet deep. The vent in the east part of the pool is a conical depression about 18 feet deep. Silver Glen Springs is among the most beautiful of Florida’s blue gems, in no small part due to its exceptionally clear water and beautiful setting in the Ocala National Forest. Unlike some Florida springs, the unparalleled clarity of the water at this spring can always be counted on.

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Lake George Bass Fishing

lake georgeLake George is a favorite spot of mine especially along the southern shore and the old targets in the Lake George Bombing Range.

Lake George Topography

Lake George is the second largest freshwater lake in Florida, only world-famous Lake Okeechobee is bigger in the Sunshine State and is located 18 miles northwest of Deland and 29 miles east of Ocala. Clearly the largest with the St. Johns River system. Lake George covers some 46,000 acres or 11 miles long by 6 miles wide, George lies about halfway between the headwaters of the St. Johns River and the river’s closure with the mighty Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville.

Lake George is an average depth of 8 feet deep. The west side of the lake is encompassed in the Ocala National Forest. Three major springs flow into Lake George on the west side. Salt Springs enters the northwest side of the lake through the 4.3 mile Salt Creek. Silver Glen Springs enters the lake about midway down on the west side, and multiple springs comprise Juniper Creek that flows into Lake George on the southwest side, with Juniper Springs at the headwater of the creek. The large island on the far north side of the lake is Drayton Island.  Check this out If you are looking for a Lake George Florida Topo map.

Lake George Bass Fishing Areas and Tips

Lake George is one of the premier largemouth bass fishing lakes in central Florida.  It has extensive aquatic vegetation, primarily eelgrass, that provides excellent habitat for bass. Wade fishing in eel grass with plastic worms fished on the surface or with other top-water lures is productive. Fishing with live golden shiners is an excellent method for catching trophy bass during the spring spawning season.

Hot spots on the lake include Juniper, Salt and Silver Glen spring runs on the western shoreline. In winter and early spring, look for bass to congregate at the jetties on the south end of the lake. Casting deep-diving crankbaits near old dock structures along the northeast shore and off Drayton Island can also be productive. When the bass gather around schools of bait, the fishing can be fantastic. Shiners are an excellent bait along with crankbaits, Texas-style worms and other soft plastic baits. Areas which have historically produced good bass fishing include the east side of Hog Island, The Bombing Range, Black Point, the Georgetown docks and pilings, and Lake George Point.

Winning Techniques: Topwater lures, plastic worms, live shiners for trophy-sized bass in the spring.

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Florida Fishing Regulations

This information relates to Florida freshwater fishing only. Recreational licenses and permits for residents and nonresidents are available at county tax collectors’ offices. In addition, you can buy them from subagents– like sporting goods stores, Walmart, or other retailers that sell hunting or fishing equipment. All license, permit and issuance fees are subject to change by the Florida legislature (i.e the prices listed below may change).

The Best Resource is the PDF Guide here: http://myfwc.com/media/2578893/FWRegSum_Ad_Free.pdf

 

Recreational freshwater fishing licenses and fees

A fishing license is required to attempt to take native or nonnative freshwater fish in Florida.

Before purchasing a recreational freshwater fishing license or permit, please make sure you understand what qualifies as Florida residency and that you really need a license or permit based on the exemptions.

Annual recreational fishing licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase or the alternate starting date if selected at the time of purchase, unless otherwise specified on the face of the license.

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City of Astor Demographic Information

City of Astor, FL Demographic Information

Population: 2,543 White Population: 2,399 Black Population: 15 Hispanic Population: 242 Asian Population: 0 Hawaiian Population: 2 Indian Population: 24 Other Population: 89 Male Population: 1,285 Female Population: 1,258 Avg House Value: $93,000 Avg Household Income: $29,514

* Demographic data is based on information taken from the 2000 Census.

via City of Astor, FL Zip Codes | ZipCode.org.

Upper St. Johns River Watershed

Watershed Stats

Size of Basin: 1,888 square miles

Major Cities and Towns: Titusville, Cocoa, Rockledge, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Fellsmere

Counties: Most of the watershed lies in Osceola and Brevard Counties, and smaller areas lie within Okeechobee, Indian River, Orange, and Seminole Counties.

Major Water Features: Rivers: Upper St. Johns and St. Sebastian

Streams: Turkey Creek, Fort Drum, Taylor, Jane Green, Cox, Wolf, and Blue Cypress

Lakes: Puzzle, Poinsett, Winder, Washington, Sawgrass, Blue Cypress, and Hell n’ Blazes

Overview

Twenty miles west of Vero Beach, dark water flows north slowly through the 20,000-acre Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area to begin the flow of the mighty St. Johns River some 300 miles from it’s ultimate rendezvous with the Atlantic Ocean. © SJRWMD

The Upper St. Johns River Basin extends from the headwaters of the St. Johns River in Indian River and Okeechobee Counties to the confluence of the St. Johns and Econlockhatchee Rivers in Seminole County. It originally contained over 400,000 acres of floodplain marsh.

via Upper St. Johns River Watershed – Blue Cypress Lake, Lake Hell n’ Blazes, Palm Bay, Fellsmere, Fort Drum – Florida’s Water: Ours to Protect.