Big fish can be found in Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier, both managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There, you’ll find striped bass ranging from five to 25 pounds, largemouth bass, crappie and spotted bass. Lanier is stocked with walleye, and Allatoona is known for its spotted bass and hybrid bass. Many fishing guides offer affordable half-day trips on Allatoona and Lanier, which would allow the whole family to enjoy time on the water.
Clarks Hill Lake is home to stripers and hybrid bass. As the state’s largest reservoir, Clarks Hill has more than 1,200 miles of shoreline, some of which is accessible at three Georgia state parks: Bobby Brown State Outdoor Recreation Area, Elijah Clark State Park and Mistletoe State Park.
Other lakes are well-known haunts for largemouth bass, the most popular game fish. Lake Seminole, a 37,500-acre reservoir at the southwest corner of the state, grows some big ones, and Lake Walter F. George (also known as Lake Eufaula) is frequently the site of professional bass-fishing tournaments. West Point Lake, a 25,900-acre reservoir operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers on the Chattahoochee River on the Georgia-Alabama border, consistently offers top-notch largemouth bass fishing.
Many of Georgia’s state parks have lakes that can be fished. Lake Tralyta at Vogel State Park near Blairsville is a 22-acre reservoir with bass, bluegill and the occasional trout. Victoria Bryant State Park near Royston has a pair of ponds stocked with bass, bream and catfish. Reed Bingham State Park near Adel has a 375-acre lake with bass, crappie and catfish.