All about fishing in the Peach State
Bass is the primary target for most fishermen in Georgia. However there is excellent trout fishing in many of the rivers and streams and great striper fishing as well. Our primary focus starts with the lakes and reservoirs of Georgia.
The state of Georgia offers a wide variety of fishing choices. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, shoal bass, redeye bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass, yellow perch, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar and sauger in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.
Major Georgia Lakes
Lake & Fish Chart
This chart shows the major fishing waters in Georgia, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Georgia, see the list below, which also includes state records.
Georgia Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations
Lake Allatoona is a 12,000-acre reservoir located northwest of Atlanta, 2 miles north of Acworth, GA.
Banks Lake is a 4,000-acre impoundment located in the central-southern edge of the state, 7 miles northeast of Valdosta, GA.
Blue Ridge Lake is a 3,300-acre reservoir located on the northern border of the state just east of the mid point, 2 miles east of Blue Ridge, GA.
Carters Lake is a 3,200-acre reservoir located in the northwest corner of the state, 5 miles west of Ellijay, GA.
Chatuge Lake is a 6,800-acre lake which resides in both Georgia and North Carolina, in the northeast corner of Georgia, at Hiawassee, GA.
Hartwell Lake is a 56,000-acre lake located on the northeastern border of the state, at Hartwell, GA.
J. Strom Thurmond Lake aka Clarks Hill Lake is a 71,000-acre reservoir located on the eastern border of the state, at Clarks Hill, SC.
Lake Burton is a 2,800-acre lake in northeast Georgia, 10 miles west of Clayton, GA.
Lake Blackshear is a 8,700-acre reservoir located in the south-central part of the state, 8 miles west of Cordele, GA.
Lake Jackson is a 4,700-acre lake located in the upper-central part of the state, 3 miles northeast of Jackson, GA.
Lake Seminole is a 37,000-acre reservoir located in the southwest corner of the state on the Florida-Georgia border at Chattahoochee, FL.
Lake Sidney Lanier is a 39,000-acre reservoir located in the upper-central portion of the state, at Gainsville, GA.
Nottely Lake is a 4,200-acre reservoir located on the northern border of the state, a mile northwest of Blairsville, GA.
Richard B Russell Lake is a 45,000-acre reservoir located on the eastern Georgia border with South Carolina at Calhoun Falls, SC.
West Point Lake is a 29,500-acre reservoir located on the western border midpoint of the state state, at West Point, GA.
Oconee Lake is a 19,000-acre lake located in the central-eastern part of the state, 2 miles west of Greensboro, GA.
Walter F. George Reservoir, aka Lake Eufaula is a 45,000-acre reservoir on the Chattahoochee River located on the western border of the state, at Georgetown, GA.
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State of GA Fishing Information
The Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division website offers a great deal of information about opportunities for fishing in Georgia.
Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Georgia and other boating information.
Review regulations and apply for a Georgia fishing license here.
Fish for big bass in Georgia
Excellent largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, shoal and redeye bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in many lakes across Georgia.
Fish Species in Georgia
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
GA State Record: 22 lbs 4 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
GA State Record: 7 lbs 2 oz
World record: 9 lbs 8 oz
GA State Record: 8 lbs 2 oz
World record: 7 lbs 8 oz
GA State Record: 8 lbs 3 oz
World record: 8 lbs 12 oz
GA State Record: 3 lbs 7 oz
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
GA State Record: 44 lbs 12 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
GA State Record: 83 lbs 0 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
GA State Record: 80 lbs 4 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
GA State Record: 8 lbs 10 oz
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
GA State Record: 4 lbs 4 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
GA State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
GA State Record: 11 lbs 6 oz
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
GA State Record: 17 lbs 8 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
GA State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
GA State Record: 20 lbs 14 oz
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
GA State Record: 3 lbs 5 oz
World record: 1 lbs 4 oz
GA State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
GA State Record: 1 lbs 7 oz
World record: 2 lbs 0 oz
GA State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
GA State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz
World record: N/A
GA State Record: 0 lbs 10 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
GA State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
GA State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
GA State Record: 2 lbs 9 oz
Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz
GA State Record: 63 lbs 0 oz
World record: 21 lbs 8 oz
GA State Record: 16 lbs 3 oz
World record: 9 lbs 6 oz
GA State Record: 9 lbs 6 oz
World record: 50 lbs 5 oz
GA State Record: 30 lbs 13 oz
World record: 17 lbs 7 oz
GA State Record: 4 lbs 3 oz
By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.
Fishing information for each state.
Post your Georgia fishing pictures
We are happy to post photos, stories and/or articles about your fishing experiences. For kids fishing pictures, we have a special youth fishing section. Please submit them here for consideration.