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Lake Seminole is a Reservoir in Jackson, Florida.

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Lake Seminole is known nationally as one of the best sites for sports fishing in America. Extensive stump and grass beds provide abundant cover where anglers battle lunker largemouth, scrappy hybrid, striped and white bass. Sizable populations of catfish, crappie and bream are also present. All in all over 79 species of fish have been identified.

Bank fishing is excellent at many locations, including public fishing decks, along riprap by bridges and at the mouths of creeks flowing into the lakes. The fishing deck located below Jim Woodruff Dam offers good downstream fishing opportunities.

Fishing Description: 

As water temperatures continue to climb, good fishing opportunities will begin to decline. Larger striped bass and sunshine bass (hybrid striped bass) will seek refuge in springs (which are closed to fishing May 1 to November 1) and cool water creeks to survive the hot summer. Smaller hybrids and stripers will school in the lower lake, especially near the dam where there is some water flow. Watch for birds working schools of shad and cast spoons or diving plugs to game fish feeding beneath the baitfish, or work poppers and surface plugs near the bait. If you are on the water early or late, fish the flats for largemouth bass.

The Cornfield and the Man-Made-Island may be good areas to try on the Chattahoochee side, or try the flats near Fishpond Drain and Spring Creek on the Flint side. Many largemouth bass will be moving to deeper water during the summer, so fish vertically along the channels with spoons, jigs, or worms. Work the lure up and down along the edge, especially where there is a wall of hydrilla right up to the channel.

Bream (bluegill) and shellcracker will continue to bed sporadically through the summer, particularly around the full moon each month. However, look for panfish to also move toward deeper water as the summer progresses. Beat the summertime heat by fly-fishing for bream along deep banks after dark using glow bugs. The best action will be around the new moon or on overcast nights.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Continued high water discharge throughout the ACF system has done two things: scoured a lot of hydrilla in Lake Seminole and brought fish, particularly striped bass and sunshine bass, from upstream.

Striper and hybrid fishing in the lower lake should be good through January and February, and into March. Both species will be schooling on shad and skipjack herring during the winter months. Trolling plugs or casting spoons will be most effective. Watch for diving birds to locate schooling fish. Shad populations appear to be up based on fall sampling, and stripers and hybrids should benefit through increased robustness and faster growth.

White bass will begin concentrating near gravel and sand bars, and should begin spawning by late February. White bass appear to have produced a large year class in 2009, and while these fish have not yet grown to catchable size, this fishery looks very promising for later in 2010.

In the backwater areas and along the channels, fish for largemouth bass vertically along the edges of the vegetation using drop-shot rigs, jigs or spoons, or fish crankbaits parallel to the vegetation edge and along the points. However, on warmer afternoons, don’t overlook the flats and the coves that face to the south. These coves get more sunlight through the day and will tend to warm earlier in the day, increasing fish activity. Fish the humps in deep water and old creek channels with jigs when water temperatures get low.

Crappie fishing began to pick up early and should continue to improve through February and March as fish move from the channels into the shallows. Fish the channel and submerged timber in the Fort Scott (Flint River) and the Cornfield or Fairchild Park (Chattahoochee River) areas.

Recreational Activities: 

Recreational Opportunities: picnic tables, nature trail, boat ramp, fishing, horseshoes, volleyball.

Facilities and Parks: 

The Corps maintains 10 day use parks. These areas are perfect for picnicking, sunning, cookouts, birthday parties, ball games, hiking or just relaxing in the great outdoors. Enjoy the natural beauty of the lake and both the Chattahoochee and the Flint Rivers. There are also several nearby towns that provide entertainment, shopping, and area history.

Recreational facilities available at day use parks include fishing areas, beaches, picnic tables, ball courts, playgrounds and picnic shelters.

Camping: 

Eastbank Campground

Eastbank Campground, located near the Jim Woodruff Dam, has 75 campsites, including 69 sites with Water and Electric hookups (30 and 50 amp). Campsites 1-41 $18; Sites 42-61 $16; Sites 62-70 $14; Sites 71-75 $12., including handicapped sites. Tent sites are $12.00 per night. Check out time is 3:00 PM. Camping reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Eastbank also has a dump station, coin laundry, bathhouse with showers, boat ramp with courtesy dock, group shelter, pay phone, and attendants on duty.

Directions: From Tallahassee: Take Exit 166 on Interstate 10, go north on CR 270A. Turn RIGHT on CR 269. Drive 4 miles to Highway 90 in Chattahoochee, FL. Take a left on highway 90 to Bolivar Street (First red light). Turn right, go 1 mile and turn left at East Bank Road. From Pensacola: Take Exit 158 on Interstate 10. Turn left. Drive 6 miles to Highway 90 and turn right. Cross over Victory Bridge, turn LEFT at 1st red light. Go 1 mile and turn left at East Bank Road.

For more information please contact Eastbank Campground at (229) 662-9273 or the Resource Management Office at (229) 662-2001

Eastbank is open year round

Hales Landing

Hales Landing, located near Bainbridge, GA, has 14 sites, including 1 handicapped site at a fee of $10.00 per night. Check out time is 3:00 PM. The park has one bathhouse with showers, drinking water, boat ramp with courtesy dock and picnic shelter. Park host on duty. Open all year.

Directions. U.S. Highway 84, take State Route 253 southwest for 3.8 miles, take Ten Mile Still Road for 2 miles, follow signs.

Hales Landing is open year round

Faceville Landing

Faceville Landing has 7 primitive sites, with no electric and water hook ups. Camping is $6.00 a night. The park includes a boat ramp with courtesy dock, picnic shelter, and pit toilet.

Directions: From Bainbridge, GA take Highway 97 South approximately 10 miles, turn right at Faceville Landing Rd and follow the signs to the park.

Faceville Landing is open year round

River Junction

River Junction, has 16 sites, no electric or water hookups, at a fee of $10.00 per night. Check out time is 3:00 PM. The park includes a Group Camping site, 1 bathhouse with showers, drinking water, and a boat ramp with courtesy dock. Park hosts are on duty. Open all year.

Directions: From Exit 166, Interstate 10, take highway 269 north to U.S. Highway 90 in Chattahoochee, FL. Turn left on highway 90 to Bolivar Street (Booster Club Road). Turn right and go 2 miles, Turn Left at River Junction Sign.

River Junction is open year round

* Golden Age and Golden Access Passports are accepted at all campgrounds, as well as Interagency Senior & Disable Passes.

Boat Ramp: 

Boat ramps are located at nearly all Corps operated parks as well as several marinas for your enjoyment.

Please remember that a $3.00 boat launching fee is charged at Chattahoochee Park, Hales Landing, and Rays Lake.

Five privately operated marinas are located around Lake Seminole. These marinas provide fuel, storage, and boating supplies as well as camping, fishing, and other recreational activities.

MARINAS* at LAKE SEMINOLE

Wingate's Lodge 229-246-0658
Seminole Lodge 800-410-5209
Spring Creek Resort 229-861-3247
Trails End Resort 229-861-2000
Bainbridge Marina 229-246-3507

Wildlife: 

American Alligators, snakes and various waterfowl are also present in Lake Seminole.

Other: 

For more information contact Seminole Lodge (850-593-6886) or Wingate’s Lunker Lodge (229-246-0658), or log on to Georgia DNR (www.gofishgeorgia.com) or Georgia Outdoor News (www.gon.com/). Also tune into WTWC NBC-40 on Saturday mornings (5:30-6:30) to see the "Around the Bend" show for up to the moment tips and happenings.

Address: 

Mailing Address
PO Box 96
Chattahoochee, FL 32324

Physical Address
2382 Booster Club Rd
Chattahoochee, Fl 32324

Directions to Lake: 

Directions: From Tallahassee: Take Exit 166 on Interstate 10, go north on CR 270A. Turn RIGHT on CR 269. Drive 4 miles to Highway 90 in Chattahoochee, FL. Take a left on highway 90 to Bolivar Street (First red light). Turn right, go 1 mile and turn left at East Bank Road. From Pensacola: Take Exit 158 on Interstate 10. Turn left. Drive 6 miles to Highway 90 and turn right. Cross over Victory Bridge, turn LEFT at 1st red light. Go 1 mile and turn left at East Bank Road.

Name: 
Lake Seminole
Waterbody type: 
Reservoir
County: 
Jackson
State: 
Florida
Country: 
United States
Standard elevation: 
20
Latitude: 
30.7831
Longitude: 
-84.8721