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Walter F George Reservoir is a Reservoir in Clay, Georgia.

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Also known as Lake Eufaula. Operated by the COE, this 45,180-acre Chattahoochee River reservoir encompasses 640 miles of Georgia and Alabama shoreline and 85 river miles between Columbus and Ft. Gaines. Power generation schedules and lake elevations can be obtained by calling the COE powerhouse, 24 hours/day at 229-768-2424.

Fishing Description: 

WRD research in 2007 showed good numbers of largemouth bass, which indicates good fishing for 2008. There is a 14-inch minimum size limit for largemouth bass on this lake. During the spring local anglers prefer plastic worms, spinner baits and shallow running crankbaits. The most productive spring fishing sites are near Lake Point Resort, Hwy. 82 causeway and the back end of creeks and coves. The most productive time-period for bass is from mid-March through May, but the warmer summer months can be productive if anglers target deeper structure along creek and river channels.

Bream fishing on Walter F. George includes bluegill and redear sunfish. Bluegill will be relatively small, averaging 4-7 inches, and the average redear will be 7-9 inches. Favorite fishing spots for bluegill are the shallow ends of coves, creeks and sloughs, especially above the Hwy. 82 causeway. The shallow flats from East Bank boat ramp, north to Sandy Creek, is often a productive site for redear fishing. Favorite baits are crickets and worms, and the best time is April through June.

Overall crappie numbers were down during the 2007 gill net survey, but there were good numbers of fish 12 inches and larger. The average crappie sampled in the fall of 2007 was 10 ½ inches, up about one-half inch from last year. Crappie should weigh around ¾ lb. this spring, with good numbers of fish up to 1 ½ lbs. Crappie are usually the first fish to start biting each year, and anglers should start looking for them during the winter, but the best fishing will be from February through April. Favorite spots are at creek mouths and under bridges. Other hotspots include Moccasin Slough, Pataula Creek, White Oak Creek, Rood Creek and Grass Creek. Most successful anglers fish with minnows or jigs, at 12-16 foot depths. A good place to start is at any of the 24 fish attractors located on the Georgia side of the reservoir. The sites are marked with buoys, and a map of their locations can be obtained by calling the COE office (229-768-2516). Bank anglers should try the fishing piers at Hardridge Creek, and Florence Marina or the marked fishing areas at East Bank and River Bluff boat ramps. These fishing piers also are accessible to anglers with physical disabilities.

Hybrid bass fishing will be good this year, with excellent numbers of larger 3-4 lbs. fish and with fish up to 8 ½ lbs available. Shiny artificial lures that imitate shad work well. Local anglers use spoons, rooster tails, rattle traps and deep diving crankbaits. Some anglers have good luck bottom fishing at night with chicken liver or dead shrimp, but the most popular fishing technique is trolling over sand flats in 10-15 feet of water. Good areas to try are found from Sandy Creek to Pataula Creek, near Cool Branch landing, and just above the Hwy. 82 causeway.

The catfish population is dominated by channel catfish, but there are an increasing number of blue catfish in the reservoir. Blue catfish, a relative to channel catfish, have a narrower head and longer, straight edged anal fin. Both channel and blue catfish will generally be small, averaging 1-2 lbs., but larger fish are present. Worms and blood bait fished in 15-20 feet will produce good results for both species. While both species can be found throughout the reservoir, blues are more common in the upper end of the reservoir and large blues (up to 30 lbs.) have been caught in recent years.

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LARGEMOUTH BASS
Expect average catches of largemouth to be around 13-16 inches and 1-2 pounds. Although numbers of 8-plus pound bass have declined in recent years, 2009 should produce excellent numbers of 2 to –4-pound fish. During 2007, Walter F. George ranked third in average bass weight during bass tournaments and second in average size of largest tournament-caught fish. There is a 14-inch minimum length limit on the reservoir, which limits the number of fish weighed-in during bass tournaments, but they remain plentiful for catch-and-release minded anglers. March through May is usually the best time for largemouth fishing, but anglers also experience good success January through mid- October.

Along with standard medium and shallow-running crankbaits, plastic worms, lizards, tube baits and jigs also are good baits to use during the spawning period (late March through April). Fish consistently are caught through the warmer months by using crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms adjacent to abundant channel ledges. Rattle-baits fished near the top of hydrilla stands can be highly effective. Top-water lures such as Pop-Rs and buzzbaits can be good producers, especially during mornings of warmer months.

The numerous creeks and coves are the most productive areas for catching largemouth bass. Popular fishing areas include the three branches of Cowikee Creek – Grass, Rood and Pataula Creeks, Sandy Branch and the Highway 82 causeway area.

BREAM
Bream fishing includes bluegill and redear sunfish. Bluegill will be relatively small, averaging 6-8 inches and the average redear will be 7-9 inches.

Red wigglers usually work best for redear sunfish and crickets generally for bluegill, although both baits can catch either fish. Some anglers fish with small jigs, worked slowly under bobbers.

Shallow ends of coves, creeks, and sloughs, especially above the Hwy. 82 causeway. The shallow flats from the East Bank boat ramp north to Sandy Creek often are productive sites for redear fishing. Redear fishing usually heats up in late April and lasts through June, which is when bluegill fishing is at its best. Fishing success often peaks around full-moon phases, as many fish move on to bedding areas.

CRAPPIE
Spring crappie fishing can be spectacular, both in numbers and in fish size. Both 2001 and 2002 produced above-average year classes, and the surviving fish will average 13-14 inches. There also are good numbers of 8 to –10-inch fish available.

Minnows or jigs fished at 12 to –16-foot depths.

Favorite spots are creek mouths and under bridges. Other hotspots include Moccasin South, Pataula Creek, White Oak Creek, Rood Creek and Grass Creek. Bank anglers should try the fishing piers at Hardridge Creek and Florence Marina or the marked fishing areas at East Bank and River Bluff boat ramps. These fishing piers also are accessible to anglers with physical disabilities. Additionally, shoreline anglers can find successat the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge south of Rood Creek.

HYBRID AND STRIPED BASS
Among southwest Georgia reservoirs, hybrid fishing in Walter F. George is as good as it gets, with excellent numbers of 3 to 5-pound fish and some up to 8 pounds. Although striper fishing usually is marginal, a 39.5 pounder was taken from Pataula Creek in June of 2007.

Shiny artificial lures that imitate shad work well. Local anglers use spoons, rooster tails, Ratl-traps and deep-diving crankbaits. Some anglers have luck bottom fishing at night with chicken liver or dead shrimp, but the most popular fishing technique is trolling over sand flats in 10-15 feet of water. Anglers willing to catch and keep live threadfin shad can be rewarded with excellent success as well.

Hybrid bass
Good areas to try are found from Sandy Creek to Pataula Creek, near Cool Branch landing and just above the Hwy. 82 causeway. Flats adjacent to the river channel, 8-15 feet deep, are good areas to try. Hybrids are usually found near forage, and feeding gulls can often give away the location of schools of threadfin shad.

CATFISH
Channel catfishing is excellent on Walter F. George, with average cats weighing 1-2 pounds, good numbers of 2-5 pound fish and the occasional 10-pounder or greater. There are poor numbers of flathead catfish, but fair numbers of blue catfish. Blue cats can be identified from channel cats by their relatively small head and longer, straight-edged anal fin (as opposed to a rounder anal fin in channel catfish).

Worms and blood baits will produce good results for both species. Larger blue catfish typically are caught with cut gizzard or threadfin shad.

Both species can be found throughout the reservoir, from the back end of coves to deeper (15-20 foot) channel edges and flats. Blue catfish primarily are found in the upper end (above Lakepoint Marina), where fish larger than 20 pounds are available.

Facilities and Parks: 

There are 23 boat ramps on this lake and the COE charges a $3 daily launch fee. They also charge $3 per car or $1 per person daily beach use fees. Users can pay an annual fee of $30, which covers all daily use of boat ramps and beaches. Fuel is available at George T. Bagby State Park and Florence Marina on the Georgia side and at Lake Point Resort and Chewalla Marina on the Alabama side.

Camping: 

Florence Marina State Park
218 Florence Road
Omaha , GA 31821
Reservations (800) 864-7275
Park (229) 838-6870

Campground facilities include:

43 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($22-$24) - cable TV & sewage hookups
6 Cottages ($100) - cable TV -- #3 and #10 are dog friendly ($40 per dog, max 2)
8 Efficiency Units ($75) - cable TV
Picnic Shelter ($35)
Group Shelter (seats 125, $180)

George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge
330 Bagby Parkway
Fort Gaines , GA 39851
Reservations (800) 864-7275
Lodge Reservations (877) 591-5575
Park (229) 768-2571

Facilities include:

60-Room Lodge & Conference Center ($70-$120)
5 Cottages ($110-$120) -- #1 is dog friendly ($40 per dog, max 2)
Picnic Shelter ($40)
Group Shelter (seats 125, $200)

Boat Ramp: 

Boat ramp areas include: Franklin Landing, Highland Park, Hardridge Creek Day Use Park, White Oak Creek Park, Cheneyhatchee Creek Park, Hatchechubbee Creek Park and Bluff Creek Park located on the Alabama side of the lake. East Bank Park, Pataula Creek Park, Cool Branch Park, River Bluff Park, Rood Creek Park and River Bend Park located on the Georgia side of the lake.

Marinas: 

MARINAS at Walter F. George Lake
Florence Marina State Park 229-838-4244
George T. Bagby State Park 229-768-2571 ext 219
Chewalla Creek Marina 334-687-5751
Lake Point State Park 334-687-8011
Mid-Lake Bait & Tackle 334-687-1311

Name: 
Walter F George Reservoir
Waterbody type: 
Reservoir
County: 
Clay
State: 
Georgia
Country: 
United States
Surface area: 
45180.00
Standard elevation: 
48
Latitude: 
31.825
Longitude: 
-85.1