Istokpoga is 10 miles long and 5 miles wide at the longest and widest points.
At the Annual High Pool Mark in the Mgmt Schedule there is 28,500 acres of water
There are 4 islands; Big, Bumble-bee, Grassy, String-Reeds
There are 2 influent creeks: Arbuckle - northend, and Josephine on westside cove
There are 2 effluents canals: S68 on the southeast end, and S67 on the eastside
There are 4 County Ramps;
1. Istokpoga Park-North-end Ramp off of Route 98
2. Route 98 Lorida to Cowhouse Rd to Lake Boulevard Rd Ramp
3. Windy Point South Ramp, Route 621 to Highlands Lake Dr. Boat Ramp Road
4. Rutledge Canal Ramp - Highlands Lake Dr to LakesEdge Drive-(Boggy Branch)
There are 6 Fish Camps:
Neiberts, Hendersons, Cypress Isle, Mossy Cove, Istokpoga Marina, and Trails End.
NOTE: There is no slot limit anymore as of July 1, 2016. Now the statewide limit is Five Bass any size with only one bass over 16 inches allowed per angler per day. So 5 bass any size with 1 over 16 inches per license per day.
Lake Istokpoga Management Info and Program Links
For Istokpoga Boat Ramp Map with Influent and Effluent Canal Locations Scroll to Middle of Web Page, left side of bathymetric map.
Istokpoga Boat Ramp Map with locations shown in "Red" markers.
Influent Canals: Marked by "Blue Lines"
Arbuckle Creek on the northend
Josephine Creek west of Henderson's Fish Camp
Effluent Canals: Marked by "BLue Lines"
S-67 Canal oneast shoreline
S-68 Spillway on south shoreline
Below is a highly detailed 3-D Lake Istokpoga bathymetric map.
The number of permitted tournaments for Lake Istokpoga - 2007 -2013.
(2013 tournaments does not include some of December tournaments)
The graph on the right shows the tournament results. The yellow bars represent the average Big Bass weight of all fish that won big bass during a tournament and the blue bar represents the average winning weight of all tournaments during the year. An increase in both big bass and winning weights were observed in 2013.
Creel-Success is an estimate of the number of fish caught by an angler per hour of fishing effort time.
Bass fishing success was the highest in 2011-12, with 0.82 fish caught per hour of fishing time.
Although success was lower (0.72 fish/hr) observed in 2012-13 it was slightly higher than the statewide average of 0.65 fish/hr.
Results of Bass Trophy-Catch that were submitted through Sept 30, 2013.
A total of 30 waterbodies had submissions. Private/public (No Name) waterbodies had the most submissions.
Lake Istokpoga had 45 submitted. 33 were Lunker Club (8-9.9 pounds) and 12 were Trophy Club (10-12.9 pounds). One in the Hall of Fame Club (13 plus pound) submitted from Rodman Reservoir. However, a handful of 13 plus pound bass were observed statewide in the media or via web information but not submitted into the program. As the TrophyCatch program becomes more known participation and submission should improve in the future.
Creel results for Lake Istokpoga 2001 - 2013. Bass, and crappie angler effort from creel surveys conducted between October through June (36 weeks) each year.General trends in effort show a slight increase since 2010-2011.
The increase may reflect a more stable economy or possibly publicity received on the resource as a result of the "Major League Fishing Event' and the new 'TrophyCatch' program started by FWC and its submission information.
During the weekly creel surveys on Istokpoga, anglers are asked how many fish they caught were larger than 24 inches in length. Results in 2012-13 shows a marked increase in the estimated number of trophy caught fish.
Note: Regarding this graph and the Year-1 Reulsts graph below and to the left, my personal numbers for the year were 20 bass ten pounds or over. Of which three were in 14 lbs range, three in the 13 lb range, two in the 12 lb range, one in the 11 lb range, and eleven in the 10 lb range. Also averaged 2 - 7-9 lbers per week.
Another way of looking at 'fishing effort' information is to provide for a crude estimate of economic impact.
By using information provided by the US Fish and Wildlife on hourly expenditures, an estimate of economic impact can be provided.
While these are not directly measured on Lake Istokpoga, it does provide for a ball park estimate on the importance of recreational fishing to the local economy.
Lake Istokpoga functions mainly as a reservior for the sovereign nation of the Seminole Tribe and the agricultural community south of the lake. South Florida Water Management District's annual plan under normal rainfall totals for the stormy season months and fall/winter season months is 37.5' to 39.5' above sea level as a annual low and high pool minimum / maximum.
During the 1-in-100 year drought in 2007 there was permission granted by the Army Corp of Eng. to use additional water and take the level to 37' At 40' residential problems start to occur for several lake communities.