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Jackson Lake is a Reservoir in Butts, Georgia.

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Lake Jackson is a 4,750-acre impoundment owned and operated by the Georgia Power Company. The Alcovy, South and Yellow Rivers meet near Jackson, Ga. to form this heavily developed lake that is very popular with boaters and skiers during the summer months.

Fishing Description: 

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

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

LARGEMOUTH BASS
Largemouth make up 57 percent of the black bass population in Jackson. Average catches weigh 1.5 - 2 pounds. October - February fishing produces larger bass at or around 5 pounds or greater.

Crankbaits and jigs fished in or around deep water produce larger bass. Plastics fished on a Carolina rig are often successful.

Look for rock points that fall off into deep water and docks and timber that border drop offs. Target flooded timber in the upper reaches of Tussahaw Creek in the fall. Also try the Yellow River arm - this section offers a variety of habitat for anglers seeking large bass. During summer, concentrate efforts in the early morning and at night.

BREAM

One of middle Georgia's better bream lakes. Bluegill and redbreast sunfish typically reach 5-7 inches, while redear sunfish also are numerous and much larger.

Live bait such as redworms, mealworms or crickets fished just off the bottom should result in redear catches from 7 to 10 inches; individuals weighing 1 pound or more are common.

Target blowdowns and weedlines for larger bream. The Ocmulgee River below Jackson dam is a good place to target redbreast sunfish.

CATFISH
Lake Jackson provides an array of catfish species with fishable populations including bullheads, channel, white, blue and flathead catfish. Jackson holds a greater proportion of larger size channel and blue cats than most other central Georgia reservoirs and most will average 4-5 pounds.

Cut shad and liver fished on or just off the bottom is effective.

CRAPPIE

Similar to previous years, crappie are abundant. The average size has increased to around 8.5 inches with approximately 20 percent of the catch over 10 inches.

Trolling small jigs around drop-offs, points and creek channels is most effective. Live minnows, small crankbaits and pitching jigs all work great in late spring.

A hot spot: the bridge crossing at Hwy. 212. Visit in early spring when water temperatures reach 60 degrees (F).

SPOTTED BASS
Spotted bass numbers are up this year with the average size fish around ¾ pound. Although approximately 60 percent of the population are less than 11 inches, these fish are very healthy and plump. Unlike largemouth bass, there is no size restriction and anglers are encouraged to harvest their catches.

Spotted bass generally are found in deeper, clearer waters than largemouth. Casting smaller crankbaits and spinners into deeper water tends to attract spots. Because they are very aggressive predators, top-water lures such as spooks, buzz-baits and propeller lures fished fast often trigger bites.

Stick to the main lake where the water is clearer. Target deeper points and fish parallel to the bank at varying depths to locate fish. Night fishing along docks and humps also produces good catches.

STRIPED BASS
Striped bass offer anglers an added sport fish option. The most recent stockings have produced strong year-classes that may produce a quality fishery in the coming years. Anglers also have a chance of catching a trophy 10 to20 pound hybrid white x striped bass, stocked in 2004 and earlier.

Trolling with crankbaits and large swim-baits through schools of suspended shad can produce some nice stripers most of the year. When the stripers are chasing shad to the surface, topwater lures can trigger some extreme action.

Look for schools of shad and stripers breaking the surface early in the morning and just before dark. The power lines north of where the Alcovy meets the South and Yellow Rivers is a popular spot for seeking surface feeding stripers early in the morning. Target cooler water habitat near the dam for trolling.

Facilities and Parks: 

Lloyd Shoals Park

Located on the west shore of the lake near Lloyd Shoals Dam, this park is one of the most popular recreation areas on the lake. Its setting on a peninsula provides plenty of shoreline for picnicking, fishing, and enjoying the water. There are picnic tables, a picnic pavilion, and restrooms. For those looking to launch a boat or PWC, there is also a boat ramp and large parking area. Additionally, a swimming beach with adjoining bathhouses is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Also a part of Lloyd Shoals Park is the Georgia Power tailrace fishing area just below Lloyd Shoals dam. This fishing pier has handicap access and makes for a great fishing spot or a great place to view the dam.

Ocmulgee River Park

The Ocmulgee River Park is located downstream of the tailrace and on the east side of the Ocmulgee River. This area provides picnic tables, a boat ramp with access to the river, and ample parking. It is a popular spot for bank fishermen and picnickers.

Camping: 

Camping Reservations: 478-994-7945 or 1-888-GPCLAKE

Boat Ramp: 

Access at Lloyd Shoals Park and Ocmulgee River Park.

Name: 
Jackson Lake
Waterbody type: 
Reservoir
County: 
Butts
State: 
Georgia
Country: 
United States
Standard elevation: 
161
Latitude: 
33.3844
Longitude: 
-83.8613