Lakes in North Georgia

We have access to over eight different lakes in three different states (North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee). Our North Georgia fishing guides are licensed Captains and can get you hooked on smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, striper and hybrids, which are all native to the North Georgia area. Two of the lakes in which we serve, Lake Chickamauga and Lake Burton, are national ranked big bass fisheries. Check out the rest of the lakes we access below.

Lake Blue Ridge

Lake Blue Ridge is 3,300 acres and has 60 miles of shoreline, it’s one of the last lakes in the state of Georgia to have Smallmouth Bass. Although the majority of fish caught on trips will be Spotted Bass, It’s not uncommon to catch a 2 1/2 to 4lb Smallmouth. The Spotted Bass got introduced illegally in the early 90’s, and has now become the thriving population. This reason being is that the two species cross spawn, and the Spotted Bass is the more dominant species.  Lake Blue Ridge also contains Largemouth Bass, White Bass and Walleye. All of our mountain lakes are deep clear lakes and fish different from your shallow lakes and ponds. The best way to fish these lakes is down size your line to 6 and 8 pound fluorocarbon, and target step rocky banks, lay downs and long points.The best techniques to use are dropshot, shaky head, jigs, tubes and crankbaits. Book a Fishing Guide on Lake Blue Ridge

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Lake Blue Ridge Fishing Guide

Lake Burton

Lake Burton is one of the most beautiful lakes in North Georgia. Lake Burton is 2,775 acres and has 62 miles of shoreline, with its massive homes and huge wooden fixed boat houses. Most of these homes are owned by some well known people including; Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saben, Country Music Artist Alan Jackson and multiple professional athletes. Lake Burton currently holds the Georgia state record Spotted Bass 8lb 2oz. Not only does Lake Burton have big Spotted Bass, it also produces some massive Largemouth Bass. Some of the best areas to fish Lake Burton is around docks, points and main lake bluffs. The lures of my choice are swim baits, jigs, dropshot, shaky head, crankbaits and jerk baits. Book a Fishing Guide on Lake Burton

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Carters Lake

Carters lake is the deepest of the Georgia reservoir lakes, This unusually deep clear lake, reaches depths of 450 feet. It is 3,200 acres and has 62 miles of shoreline, the unique thing about Carters Lake  is there’s no boat docks or residential houses. This lake is located outside of Ellijay Ga. Although Carters lake has Largemouth bass, Striped bass and Hybrid bass, it is noted for its year around big Spotted Bass fishery. With steep rocky bank lines and deep points, some of the best fishing techniques are dropshot, shaky head, jigs, jerkbaits and fish head spins. Book a Fishing Guide on Carters Lake

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Lake Chatuge

Lake Chatauge is 7,500 acres and has 132 miles of shoreline, This lake is nestled in the mountains of Hiwassee Georgia and is divided by Georgia and North Carolina. This lake is full of Spotted bass and also has a good population of Largemouth Bass, and in a couple of years fishermen will start to see a greater population of Hybrid Bass. These Hybrid Bass are on the North Carolina restocking program. I would target laydowns, brush and long points, some of the best fishing techniques are dropshot, shaky head, fish head spins, jigs, top water and deep diving crank baits. Book a Fishing Guide on Lake Chatuge

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Lake Chickamauga

Lake Chickamauga is part of the Tennessee river that stretches 58.9 miles long and has 810 miles of shoreline. Chickamauga has been ranked 5th in the Nation for best bass fishery, and it holds the BFL one day catch record of 5 bass over 40 pounds . This is a river channel lake, so you’re always looking for current to be flowing. When the current is flowing the fish are feeding. There are so many different ways to catch fish on this lake. One might flip jigs around docks or go in the back of creeks or  pockets and throw swimbaits. You can fish the river ledges and humps, with carolina rigs, big monster worms, monster spoons, 3/4oz jigs, shaky head, dropshot, spinner baits. In the early Spring the Tennessee rig catches your big girls, the Florida strain of Largemouth Bass is not all Chickamauga has to offer. There are also Spotted Bass and some huge Smallmouth bass. If you’re looking for a lake to work on some new fishing techiniques, this is your lake! Book a Fishing Guide on Lake Chickamauga

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Lake Chickamauga Fishing Guide

Lake Nottely

Lake Nottely is 4,180 acres and has 106 miles of shoreline, and is another one of North Georgia’s deep clear lakes, Although Nottely has Largemouth bass, Spotted bass, Striper and Hybrid, over the past few years it has produced some massive Stripers in the 30 to 40 plus range. There certain areas these Stripers like to roam, and I’ve set  my  21’ Carolina Sea Skiff just for targeting them. There are also a lot of steep rocky banks and points with many docks and creek runs. The best techniques to fish this lake is dropshot, shaky head, fish head spin, jigs and crank baits. Look for lay downs, points, and bank lines that the river and creeks bend in close. Book a Fishing Guide on Lake Nottely

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Hiwassee Lake

Lake Hiwassee is located in North Carolina and is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, with 6,000 acres and 180 miles of shoreline. One of the great features about this lake is that there are very few lake houses and docks located on this lake. This lake has endless, steep, rocky bank lines and points, which provide perfect habitat for smallmouth bass. Hiwassee Lake does have Largemouth bass, but the Spotted Bass is growing in population due to the fact that the lake is fed by the Nottely River which comes from Nottely Lake. The state of North Carolina has started stocking Striper in Hiwassee lake, so in the next few years it will become good Striped bass fishery. Some of the best lures are dropshot, jigs, crankbaits, tubes, shaky head and top water. Book a Fishing Guide on Hiwassee Lake

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Lake Hiwassee Fishing Guide

Nantahala Lake

This Lake is my Hidden Jewel and is located in the Nantahala National Forest, with 1,605 acres and 42 miles of shoreline. Nantahala lake is about 12 miles from Andrews, North Carolina. The two greatest features of this lake is that it doesn’t contain any Spotted Bass or Blueback Herring Bait Fish like all the other lakes I guide on. If you ever get tired of catching Spotted Bass and just want a day of catching Largemouth and Smallmouth, this is the lake! Nantahala Lake is the clearest lake I guide on and there are some houses and boat docks. The best techniques for catching fish on Lake Nantahala are small jigs, shaky head, crankbaits, dropshot and top water. Book a Fishing Guide on Nantahala Lake

Lake Nanatahala Fishing Guide

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Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier is a 38,000-acre reservoir operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and located about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. Lanier receives heavy fishing pressure due to the large regional population. Spotted bass, crappie, striped bass and catfish are favorite targets of Lake Lanier anglers. Lake Lanier serves many important functions such as hydroelectricity, navigation, flood control, wildlife management and provides a water supply; however, you can find most natives to the area talking about the fishing, boating and parks that are home to the 38,000 acres of Lake Sidney Lanier. It’s estimated that there are over seven million visitors to the lake annually, all of whom are exploring the beauty of the North Georgia region and the recreational opportunities available. Book a Fishing Guide on Lake Lanier