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Georgia Fishing Waters

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

Georgia major lakes and fish chart

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.

Fishing lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

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 lake located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, in north-central Georgia.

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 7,000-acre lake which resides in both Georgia and North Carolina, in the northeast corner of Georgia, at Hiawassee, GA.

Clarks Hill Lake AKA Lake Strom Thurmond is a 71,000-acre reservoir located on the eastern border of the state, at Clarks Hill, SC.

Lake Allatoona is a 12,000-acre reservoir located northwest of Atlanta, 2 miles north of Acworth, GA.

Lake Burton is a 2,800-acre lake in northeast Georgia, 10 miles west of Clayton, GA.

Lake Blackshear is a 8,500-acre reservoir located in the south-central part of the state, 8 miles west of Cordele, GA.

Lake Chehaw, AKA Lake Worth, is a 1,400-acre reservoir in south-central GA, on the northern outskirts of Albany.

Lake Eufaula, aka Walter F. George Reservoir is a 45,000-acre reservoir on the Chattahoochee River located on the western border of the state, at Georgetown, GA.

Lake Harding, AKA Bartlett's Ferry Lake, is a 5,850-acre reservoir on the AL/GA border 20 miles north of Columbus, GA.

Lake Hartwell is a 56,000-acre lake located on the northeastern border of the state, at Hartwell, 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 Lanier AKA Lake Sidney Lanier is a 37,000-acre reservoir located in the upper-central portion of the state, at Gainsville, GA.

Lake Nottely is a 4,200-acre reservoir located on the northern border of the state, a mile northwest of Blairsville, GA.

Lake Oconee is a 19,000-acre lake located in the central-eastern part of the state, 2 miles west of Greensboro, GA.

Lake Oliver is a 2,150-acre reservoir on the AL/GA border immediately north of Columbus, 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 Sinclair is a 15,360-acre reservoir in central Georgia at Meriwether.

Lake Tobesofkee is an 1,750-acre reservoir in central Georgia, 5 miles west of Macon.

Lake Russell, AKA Richard B Russell Lake is a 26,650-acre reservoir located on the eastern Georgia border with South Carolina at Calhoun Falls, SC.

West Point Lake is a 25,900-acre reservoir located on the western border midpoint of the state state, at West Point, GA.

Georgia Bass caught by Kory Chastain
Kory Chastain with a 10.785 lb bass.

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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 to find information about fishing boats in Georgia and other boating information.

Review regulations and apply for a Georgia fishing license here.

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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

Fishing for bass in Georgia

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

GA State Record: 22 lbs 4 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

GA State Record: 7 lbs 2 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

GA State Record: 8 lbs 2 oz

Shoal Bass

Shoal bass

World record: 7 lbs 8 oz

GA State Record: 8 lbs 3 oz

Redeye Bass

Redeye bass

World record: 8 lbs 12 oz

GA State Record: 3 lbs 7 oz

Fishing for catfish in Georgia

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

GA State Record: 44 lbs 12 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

GA State Record: 83 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

GA State Record: 80 lbs 4 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

GA State Record: 8 lbs 10 oz

Fishing for crappie in Georgia

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

GA State Record: 4 lbs 4 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

GA State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for walleye in Georgia



World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

GA State Record: 11 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for trout in Georgia

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

GA State Record: 17 lbs 8 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

GA State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

GA State Record: 20 lbs 14 oz

Fishing for panfish in Georgia



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

GA State Record: 3 lbs 5 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

GA State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

GA State Record: 1 lbs 7 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

GA State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

GA State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz

Soptted Sunfish

Spotted sunfish

World record: N/A

GA State Record: 0 lbs 10 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

GA State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

GA State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

GA State Record: 2 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Georgia

Striped Bass


Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

GA State Record: 63 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for other species in Georgia



World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

GA State Record: 16 lbs 3 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

GA State Record: 9 lbs 6 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

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.