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West Point Lake is a Reservoir in Troup, Georgia.

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West Point is a 25,900-acre reservoir operated by the Corps of Engineers (COE) on the Chattahoochee River at the Georgia-Alabama border.

Visitors to West Point should be aware of ongoing efforts to improve fish and wildlife habitat as well as general aesthetics. The COE, WRD and West Point Lake Coalition have planted maidencane and cypress trees at several locations. Since the late 1980s, larger cypress trees have been planted on shoals and other high points to serve as markers and provide fish habitat. A limited number of larger cypress trees were planted in coves with additional plantings planned for the future. These plants should provide benefits to the lake in the years to come. In addition, night fisherman will be pleased to know, the COE has installed flashing lights on the main channel buoys.

Fishing Description: 

Excellent facilities, close proximity to Atlanta and a special regulation on largemouth bass contribute to the popularity of this reservoir. The 14-inch minimum size limit on largemouth bass and an abundant spotted bass population combine to consistently produce quality bass angling.

Good spawning success in the last several years has resulted in a substantial increase in spotted bass numbers and they now comprise around 50 - 60 percent of the total black bass population. However, the two species seem to have reached equilibrium in the last couple of years. Most spotted bass are presently in the 6 - 12 inch range. Remember that there is no size limit on spotted bass on this lake and with the recent increase in abundance, anglers are encouraged to remove spotted bass from West Point.

The abundance and average size of crappie continue to indicate a healthy and stable population and 2008 should be no exception. About 20 percent of the population is between 9-12 inches and over 20 percent are in the 8-9 inch range. Average weight will be just less than 1/3 lb. The best crappie action is usually found by trolling jigs in the traditional spring hot spots in the upper portions of Beech, Whitewater, Wehadkee and Stroud creeks. Crappies are also found around bridges.

Over the years, West Point has maintained an excellent reputation for hybrid fishing because of a combination of high stocking rates and lake characteristics that produce good survival and growth. Total hybrid numbers will be good in 2008, and the typical fish will weigh 1½ lbs. Hybrids are found in abundance below the shoals in Franklin in the spring and scattered along the main river and tributary channels throughout much of the year.
Gulf-race striped bass were last stocked into West Point Lake in 2004. A few larger striped bass in the 20 lbs. range have been caught in the past years. Because of the limited natural reproduction, total striped bass numbers have declined in recent years. These numbers should increase greatly with the revitalization of the striper-stocking program. Many 12-inch+ stripers are being caught and sizes should only increase as the smaller fish grow. The white bass population has declined slightly due to the relatively weak classes produced in the last several years. Over 25 percent of the population is currently in the preferred 12-15 inch range and exceptional fishing can be found during the spring in the upper reaches of the Chattahoochee River arm in Franklin.
West Point is probably the best channel catfish lake in middle Georgia with many 15-24 inch quality-sized fish. As on most large reservoirs, bream are overpopulated and few reach catchable size. Average length for bluegill is about 4 to 6 inches and the less abundant redear (shellcracker) average 7-8 inches.

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LARGEMOUTH BASS
West Point consistently produces quality bass fishing. The lake has a 14-inch minimum size limit on largemouth. In 2008, higher water levels helped largemouth spawn three fold over the average of the last ten years. This successful spawn should ensure that many bass will be available for years to come. The largemouth population continues to be dominated by larger fish with over 45 percent of the population within the preferred 15 to 20-inch category with average weights around 1 ½pounds.

For early spring action use shallow-running crankbaits and spinner baits. Fish with deep-running crankbaits and worms during late spring and summer. In winter, preferred lures are deep-diving crankbaits, jigs and worms.

Concentrate on warmer areas like protected coves in the early spring. Fish deeper main creek and river channel structure during late spring and summer. Also try fishing under the tree canopy near the upper ends of major creeks. In warmer months, blow downs are popular largemouth hiding spots. Winter action is found deep and near main channel structures. Fish along riprap where largemouth hold year-round.

SPOTTED BASS
Good spawning success over the years has resulted in a substantial increase in spotted bass numbers. They comprise the majority of the black bass population in the lake. These aggressive feeders may be smaller than the largemouth bass, but are more numerous and are quick to attack lures. Most spots are less than 12 inches, but there are a few larger individuals in the 20-inch range. Because of their abundance and lack of a length limit, anglers are encouraged to harvest their catches.

Fishing jigs and worms work well on these aggressive fish. Spots also are attracted to crankbaits and spinners. Spotted bass will also take live bait like night crawlers, crayfish and minnows.

Similar to largemouth bass, spots also like protected coves and deeper creek mouths in the early spring. In warmer months, spots hang out by structure around channels and rocky points. Blow downs also hold many spots. In winter, find spots deep and holding to river channel structure and rocky areas. Focus on riprap along bridges, which usually hold spots year-round.

CRAPPIE
West Point crappie are abundant and sizes indicate a healthy and stable population. Crappie 9 inches and larger are common, but the average weight hovers around ½ pound.

The best action is found by trolling jigs in traditional hot spots. Still fishing with jigs or minnows also can be productive. Determining the depths at whichcrappie are located will greatly improve chances of boating more fish.

Target the upper portions of Beech, Whitewater, Wehadkee and Stroud creeks. Also try night fishing these areas around bridges.

STRIPED BASS

The striped bass stocking program over the last five years has greatly increased the chances of catching these top predators. The 2004 year-class are now in the 20-plus inch range and could weigh around 5 pounds. Smaller linesides also are common thanks to the successful stocking program.

Fishing with live shad is the most effective way of catching linesides. Jigs and spoons also can be effective. The observant angler can often locate schools of feeding stripers by watching for seagulls diving into the water for baitfish.

In the spring, stripers move into the shoal area in the Chattahoochee River near Franklin. In warmer months and also during the winter, stripers usually are found throughout the main lake, especially in the area of the dam.

CATFISH
West Point is one of the most productive catfish lakes in middle Georgia. Channel catfish are abundant with many 15 to 24-inch quality-sized fish. These larger, good-eating sized fish can weigh in the 2 to 3-pound range.

Classic catfish baits work well. For example, stink and cut bait usually are successful, as arenight crawlers.

Expect exceptional fishing during the spring in the upper reaches of the Chattahoochee River arm of the lake around Franklin. During the warmer months, night fishing around bridges and structure should provide excellent fishing.

HYBRID BASS
Though hybrids have not been stocked since 2006, good-sized fish are still plentiful. Any hybrids caught likely will be keepers. The remaining hybrids have good survival and growth rates, and most will be greater than 15 inches and will weigh 3 pounds or more.

Live shad work extremely well for catching hybrids. Also, curly-tail jigs and sassy shads provide good action. The observant angler often can locate schools of feeding hybrids by watching for seagulls diving into the water for baitfish.

Target the area below the shoals in Franklin during the spring and throughout the rest of the year, the areas scattered along the main river and tributary channels.

OTHER SPECIES
Bream are abundant but few reach catchable size. Bluegill and redear sunfish are the most plentiful, but redbreast sunfish are most numerous. Expect the average bluegill to reach 4-6 inches and the less abundant redear to reach 7-8 inches.

Live worms and crickets are favorite baits for bream.

The May full moon around Mother’s Day means bream are on bed and ready to be caught for the frying pan. Brush piles and fish attractors should provide plenty of opportunities to catch a plate full.

Camping: 

AMITY CAMPGROUND
1001 County Road 393
Lanett, AL 36863
334-499-2404

Directions: From Lanett, Alabama, go 7 miles north on County Road 212.
Facilities: 96 sites, 93 with electrical and water hookups, dump station, coin laundry, hot showers, boat ramp, basketball and tennis court, playground, trails, attendant on duty.

HOLIDAY CAMPGROUND
954 Abbottsford Road
LaGrange, GA 31833
706-884-6818

Directions: From LaGrange, Georgia, go 8 miles west on GA 109, follow signs.
Facilities: 143 sites, 92 with electrical and water hookups, dump station, coin laundry, hot showers, boat ramp, basketball and tennis courts, playground, trails, attendant on duty.

Whitetail Ridge Campground
565 Abbotsford Road
LaGrange, GA 30240
706-884-8972

Directions: From Lagrange, Georgia, go 7 miles west on SR 109, then left 3/4 mile on paved road.

Facilities: 58 sites all with electrical and water hookups, dump station, coin laundry, hot showers, boat ramp, trails, attendant on duty.

R. SHAEFER HEARD CAMPGROUND
101 Shaefer Heard Park Road
West Point, GA 31833
706-645-2404

Directions: From West Point, Georgia, go 3 miles north on US 29, turn left at signs.
Facilities: 117 sites, with electrical and water hookups, dump station available, coin laundry, hot showers, boat ramp, pay phone, playground, tennis court, attendant on duty.

RINGER CAMPGROUND

No Fee. No phone, no Park attendant.
Primitive campground with boat ramp and nature trail.
For information, phone the West Point Lake Project Management Office
at 706-645-2937.

For all Campgrounds (except Ringer Campground)
Water and Electric Sites $22
Double Water and Electric Site $44
Primitive Sites $16

Boat Ramp: 

There are boat launching ramps located in 34 public recreation areas (including 4 leased areas) around the lake. Some ramps charge a $3 boat launch fee. Two privately operated marinas provide fuel, storage, boat repair, rentals, supplies and other boater's needs.

Name: 
West Point Lake
Waterbody type: 
Reservoir
County: 
Troup
State: 
Georgia
Country: 
United States
Surface area: 
25900.00
Standard elevation: 
190
Latitude: 
32.9992
Longitude: 
-85.1877