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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, spotted bass, white catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, green sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass and yellow perch at Lake Burton in Georgia.

Lake Burton, GA

Spotted bass are the headliner at Lake Burton, a 2,800-acre lake in northeast Georgia, 10 miles west of Clayton. Bass, crappie and bream anglers can cast to a variety of targets along 62 miles of shoreline. White bass, trout, catfish, perch and a variety of sunfish also garner their share of attention.

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Located in the scenic North Georgia mountains, Lake Burton is a haven for anglers seeking a diverse fishing experience. The lake is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and abundant fish populations, making it a popular destination for both recreational and avid fishermen.

Bass fishing is a major draw at Lake Burton, with largemouth and spotted bass being the primary targets. The lake's structure, including submerged rocks, points, and fallen trees, provides ideal habitat for these prized sportfish. Anglers can employ a variety of techniques, such as casting topwater lures or working jigs around structure, to entice the bass. Spring and fall are considered prime seasons for bass fishing, when the water temperatures are favorable and the fish are actively feeding.

Catfish are another popular species sought after in Lake Burton. Channel catfish and blue catfish can be found throughout the lake, offering anglers the opportunity to reel in some hefty specimens. Bottom fishing with cut bait or prepared stink baits is an effective strategy to attract these whiskered predators. Catfish are most active during the warmer months, particularly in late spring and summer.

Crappie, both black and white, are abundant in Lake Burton and provide excellent angling opportunities. These panfish congregate near submerged structure and brush piles, making them easily targetable. Anglers often use jigs or live minnows to entice crappie to bite. The spring spawning season is particularly productive for crappie fishing, as they gather in large numbers in shallower waters.

Walleye and trout fishing are also popular pursuits on Lake Burton. Walleye can be caught during the cooler months, with trolling or jigging around rocky areas and drop-offs being effective methods. Trout, including rainbow and brown trout, are stocked in the nearby rivers and streams, offering anglers the chance to combine lake and river fishing experiences.

Yellow perch, sunfish, and white bass round out the diverse fish species found in Lake Burton. These panfish provide fun and accessible fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages. They can be caught using simple tackle and a variety of bait options, including live worms, crickets, or small jigs.

Lake Burton in Georgia is a paradise for anglers, offering a wide variety of fish species and stunning mountain vistas. Whether you're targeting bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, trout, yellow perch, sunfish, or white bass, the lake provides ample opportunities for fishing success. With its scenic beauty and abundant fish populations, Lake Burton is a must-visit destination for any fishing enthusiast in Georgia.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Burton

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Largemouth bass Spotted bass White CatfishBlack crappieWalleye Rainbow Trout Brown trout Bluegill Green Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Redear Sunfish Rock Bass Soptted Sunfish Warmouth White Bass Yellow Perch

Lake Burton 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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Lake Burton offers boating enthusiasts plenty of space to explore, with public boat ramps available for easy access. Anglers can cruise the lake's scenic shoreline and target their favorite fishing spots. Camping facilities are also available nearby, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Anchorage Marine Boat Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats
706 782-3013

LaPrade's Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
706 947-0010

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Murray Cove Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Murray Cove Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Wildcat Creek Cove Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Shoreline Trail, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.


LaPrade's Marina
25 Shoreline Trail
Clarkesville, GA 30523
706 947-0010

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Everything you need for camping, boating and fishing is available at or nearby the lake. Moccasin Creek State Park Camp Ground is a good headquarters for camping and RV spaces, plus it has a boat ramp.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Mr Bud's Camp Ground - 706 947-3420

Moccasin Creek State Park Camp Ground - 706 947-3194

Lake Burton GA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Burton
Moccasin Creek State Park
3655 GA-197
Clarkesville, GA 30523
706 947-3194


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