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High Falls Lake is a Reservoir in Monroe, Georgia.

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High Falls Lake is a 650-acre impoundment of the Towaliga River in Butts, Monroe and Lamar counties, located just east of Interstate 75 north of Forsyth. The Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources operates High Falls Lake for recreational purposes that include sport fishing.

Fishing Description: 

Best Bets: Largemouth bass, bream, crappie & striped bass

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

LARGEMOUTH BASS
High Falls lake is an untapped resource to bass anglers. The relative number of large bass (15-25 inches) is ranked near the top among major reservoirs within the state with approximately 33 percent of the population larger than 15 inches. The average bass is around 13 inches and weighs about 1 ½ pounds. Relatively low bass fishing pressure (due to motor restrictions) and high numbers of large fish should result in some very good bass fishing.

Try crankbaits and jigs in Buck Creek and Watkin's Bottom during spring and fall for big fish. For lunkers, try "pitching" spinner baits around docks and downed trees during early to mid-morning.

Target areas with point bars and downed trees in the water.

CRAPPIE
Crappie are very abundant with trophy potential. Expect average catches between 8 and 10 inches, though 1-2 pounders are available.

Trolling jigs above the dam, around drop-offs, points and creek channels is effective in winter and early spring. Minnows and jigs fished in shallow water near brush, stumps or blow-downs is most effective once water temperatures reach 60 degrees in the spring.

Look for submerged timber and stumps near the main channel for late fall and wintering schools of crappie.

CATFISH
Channel catfish numbers have steadily increased over the last few years due to excellent recruitment. An abundance of small channel catfish (less than 11 inches) indicate a strong year-class and some exceptional fishing may be expected in the up-coming years. Channel catfish are more common than flatheads and average around 1 pound, however, those exceeding 5 pounds are abundant. Trophy-size flatheads of 20 pounds or greater also are available.

Drift fishing with live or cut shad is recommended.

Fish deep holes and channel bends in the lower end of the lake for flatheads and channel cats.

STRIPED BASS
Both striped bass and hybrids were stocked until 2006. Since then, only striper stocking has continued to support a state-wide effort to re-establish the native striped bass into the watershed. Although hybrid stocking ceased in 2006, a fair number of fish are still available with most catches averaging 4-10 pounds and about 70 percent of the population greater than 20 inches. Stripers will average 2-4 pounds and a few will reach a quality size of up to 26 inches.

Try working spoons and grub baits just above the dam during winter and early spring. For large hybrids, try drift fishing with live or cut shad.

Try working spoons and grub baits just above the dam during winter and early spring. For large hybrids, try drift fishing with live or cut shad.

OTHER
Bream are abundant but few reach catchable size. Bluegill and redear (shellcracker) are the most plentiful; however, redbreast also are available. Expect the average bluegill to reach 3 to 6 inches and the less abundant redear to reach 4 to 7 inches.

Live worms and crickets are favorite bait for bream.

Target brush piles and vegetation.

Recreational Activities: 

Hiking - 4.5 miles of trails
Fishing
Boating - 2 ramps, private boats allowed, 10 horsepower limit
Miniature Golf ($3)
Swimming - pool only, no river swimming

Facilities and Parks: 

High Falls State Park visitors can enjoy the scenic waterfall on the Towaliga River and hike to the remaining grist mill foundation. A campground, picnic areas and canoe rental are also available. This pretty park in middle Georgia is conveniently located near I-75 and makes a restful side trip for travelers.

Camping: 

High Falls State Park
76 High Falls Park Dr
Jackson , GA 30233
Reservations (800) 864-7275
Park (478) 993-3053

Campground facilities include:
103 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($23-$25) -- some sections close during winter
6 Yurts ($50)
5 Picnic Shelters ($40-$60)
Screened Group Shelter (seats 125, $275)
Pioneer Campground ($50)
Swimming Pool (seasonal, fee, privately operated)

Boat Ramp: 

Boating access is provided by two boat ramps, one at the park office near the dam and one in Buck Creek.

Boat Rental: 

Available at High Falls State Park:
Kayak, Canoe and Fishing Boat Rental
Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)

Notes: 

The lake is open to fishing during daylight hours only, and the operation of motors greater than 10 horsepower are prohibited. Boats with outboard motors greater than 10 horsepower may be used, but the outboard must not be operated.

Address: 

High Falls State Park
76 High Falls Park Dr
Jackson , GA 30233
Park (478) 993-3053

Directions to Lake: 

1.8 miles east of I-75 exit #198 at High Falls Road.

Name: 
High Falls Lake
Waterbody type: 
Reservoir
County: 
Monroe
State: 
Georgia
Country: 
United States
Standard elevation: 
172
Latitude: 
33.1911
Longitude: 
-84.0275