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Lake Blackshear, GA

Popular Fish Species Lake Blackshear, GA

Lake Blackshear Popular Fish - Crappie

Crappie Fishing

Historically, Lake Blackshear has offered very good crappie fishing. The lake has good populations of both black crappie and white crappie. These two species generally school by with their own, but once located around cover, you may find that you catch both species, due to the fact they often share the same cover. Crappie fishing can be found in varying size schools, hanging around brush, vegetation, wood or other cover. Using a fish finder any time of year can help locate these crappie schools, which tend to stack vertically around cover. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. The best time to catch crappie tends to be at dawn and dusk. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels, especially areas with brush or timber in deeper water.

Lake Blackshear Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

As a favorite destination, Lake Blackshear continues to deliver quality catches of largemouth bass. Recent results by locals, and bass fishing tournament participants, attest to the fact that fishing for largemouth bass has been very rewarding lately. Also, there is the potential for catching a monster. Thanks to good fisheries management by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, the bass fishery is providing both quantity, and quality for anglers. Big mouth bass often move shallow and become fairly aggressive when they are in a feeding mood. If they seem disinterested in your presentations, try slowing down and use smaller, lighter baits. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good options. In winter, spend your time fishing Lake Blackshear on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Fishing for largemouth bass can range from fair to very good here, year round.

Lake Blackshear Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish Fishing

Home to a good population of channel catfish, Lake Blackshear is keeping catfish enthusiasts quite content. For weekend anglers, most any rod and reel will work for catching channel catfish at Lake Blackshear, as long as the line is strong enough. For serious catfish enthusiasts, using the right equipment enhances success, especially when you hook one of the big boys. A medium action, to medium-heavy action rod is ideal, in the 6' to 7' range. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits on at least 10-pound line. Use sharp hooks with bait holders on the shank, or circle hooks for live bait. The state record channel catfish is over 44 pounds, and Lake Blackshear holds some pretty big ones. Night fishing for catfish often delivers better results than daytime fishing. Fishing for channel catfish is often most productive around any kind of structure in the area. In Spring channel catfish migrate toward incoming water, so stay up river away from the main lake. In early summer look for rocky banks, the bigger the rocks the better. In summer and winter deeper structure is where to look. The river end of the lake is often the area where the bigger catfish are caught. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, white bass, striped bass and hybrid striped bass at Lake Blackshear in Georgia.

Lake Blackshear Fishing Video

Located west of Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, Lake Blackshear is a 8,500-acre reservoir which is accessible from many locations around its 95 miles of shoreline. Lake Blackshear sets in the south-central part of the state, just 8 miles west of Cordele, GA. There are multiple boat launch ramps around the lake for launching pleasure boats, pontoons and an array of fishing boats. Bass boats are a favorite here, as are canoes and kayaks.

Lake Blackshear, located in southwestern Georgia, is a popular fishing destination known for its abundant fish populations and scenic beauty. Anglers flock to this reservoir to target a variety of popular fish species.

Bass fishing is a major draw at Lake Blackshear, with both largemouth and spotted bass making their home in its waters. The lake's structure, including submerged trees, stumps, and grassy areas, provides excellent habitat for bass. Anglers can enjoy fishing for bass year-round, but the spring and fall months tend to be the most productive, with the fish being more active and feeding aggressively.

Catfish are another prized species at Lake Blackshear. Channel catfish and flathead catfish can be found throughout the lake's depths. Anglers can target these whiskered creatures using a variety of baits and techniques, with nighttime fishing often yielding great results.

Crappie fishing is popular on Lake Blackshear, particularly during the spring spawning season. Anglers can find both black crappie and white crappie in the lake's submerged structure and around brush piles. The cooler months of early spring and fall can be particularly productive for crappie fishing.

Sunfish, including bluegill and redear sunfish, are abundant in Lake Blackshear and provide great fishing opportunities, especially for young anglers. These feisty panfish can be caught year-round and are often found in shallower areas near vegetation or around structure.

Longnose gar caught in GA

Lake Blackshear is also known for its population of white bass, striped bass, and hybrid stripers. These hard-fighting fish are highly sought after by anglers due to their size and strength. Spring and fall are excellent times to target these species when they are actively feeding in the shallows.

The lake has healthy populations of bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, sunfish, white bass, striped bass and hybrid stripers. Cover for fish, and baitfish, are the many boat docks, creek channels, ledges and brush. Marinas, convenience stores, bait shops, lodging, camping and other amenities are all close by to enhance your stay. Come for a weekend of fishing or a family vacation.

Overall, Lake Blackshear offers a diverse fishery and stunning natural scenery, making it a favorite destination for anglers in Georgia. Whether you're targeting bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish, white bass, striped bass, or hybrid stripers, this picturesque lake provides ample opportunities for anglers to enjoy their favorite sport and create lasting fishing memories.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Georgia

Primary fish species residing in Lake Blackshear

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish White Bass Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Lake Blackshear Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Lake Blackshear, with ample space for watercraft and various boat ramps available for easy access. Anglers can explore the lake's expansive waters and find their favorite fishing spots. Camping facilities are also available near the lake, providing anglers with the opportunity to extend their fishing trips and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature.

Fishing Boat Rentals

The Marina at Lake Blackshear Resort
Rentals: Pontoon boats, canoes and kayaks
229 273-7747

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Campers Haven Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Campers Haven Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

GA Veterans State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off GA Veterans Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


The Marina at Lake Blackshear Resort
2459 US-280
Cordele, GA 31015
229 273-7747

Fishing Guides On Lake Blackshear

Lake Blackshear Fishing - largemouth bass

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Fishing License

Click here for a Georgia Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Dixie RV Park - 229 268-5712

Georgia Veterans State Park Campground - 229 276-2371

Lakeshore Marine RV Park Campground - 229 853-2275

Cordele KOA Campground - 229 273-5454

Cordele RV Camping Campground - 229 273-4444

Southern Gates RV Park & Campground - 229 273-6464

Lake Blackshear GA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Blackshear
Georgia Veterans State Park
2459 U.S. 280
Cordele, GA 31015
229 276-2371


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Lake Blackshear in Georgia.

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Lake Blackshear offers exciting fishing for bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, sunfish, white bass, striped bass and hybrid stripers in south-central Georgia.

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