Georgia Reservoir Fishing Information

Andrews

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates this 1,540-acre, 29-mile reservoir on the Chattahoochee River in southwest Georgia. Lake Andrews begins at the Walter F. George Lock and Dam near Fort Gaines and ends at the George W. Andrews Lock and Dam near Blakely.

Contact Information

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:  ph. 229-768-2516

Prospects and Fishing Tips
Best Bets
CHANNEL CATFISH, FLATHEAD CATFISH, BLUE CATFISH & HYBRID STRIPED BASS
Largemouth bass
Prospect The population of largemouth bass in Lake Andrews is fairly low due to lack of habitat and the average bass weighs 1-3 pounds. image
Technique Rubber worms, jigs and spinner baits can be productive.
Target Bass are not very abundant in Lake Andrews, but can be found near the numerous laydowns and fallen trees lining the bank of the reservoir. Pay close attention to the several creek mouths and backwater areas, especially between March and June.
Hybrid Bass
Prospect Hybrid bass fishing should be good in the tailrace areas immediately below Columbia and especially Walter F. George dams during late February-late May. The average hybrid should weigh about 3 pounds, with some weighing at or more than 5 pounds. image
Technique Live shad consistently produce the best catches, though anglers can utilize a variety of baits, including crankbaits and topwater plugs normally used for largemouth bass.
Target Target Columbia and especially Walter F. George dams during late February-late May.
Striped Bass
Prospect Stripers are not abundant in Andrews, but can be found in fair numbers during spring below Columbia dam and below Walter F. George dam. While anglers typically should not expect to catch many fish, striped bass fight extremely well and present an opportunity to catch a fish occasionally over 15-20 pounds. Because both hybrid striped bass and stripers are schooling fish, there are opportunities to catch large numbers of fish in a short time if the timing is right! image
Technique The use of heavy tackle (20 pound line) will increase chances of landing a rare trophy striper. Common baits include bucktail jigs, crankbaits, and large topwater plugs. If available, live gizzard and threadfin shad make excellent baits for larger fish. Surf rods capable of casting baits and lures long distances can be key to reaching fish in the tailrace areas, where fish often congregate adjacent to current seams of water being released through dam hydroelectric generators.
Target Target stripers from mid February through mid April beneath Columbia dam. Recent stockings in Walter F. George reservoir and subsequent escapement of these fish has led to increased fishing success in the headwaters of Lake Andrews (tailrace of Walter F. George).
Catfish
Prospect Flathead, channel and blue catfish are all present in Lake Andrews. Recent surveys reveal fair numbers of flathead catfish greater than 10 pounds throughout the lake. Average channel catfish will weigh 2-4 pounds, and most blue catfish weigh 1-4 pounds. However, blue catfish greater than 40 pounds are present. In fact, the Georgia state record blue catfish was caught in the headwaters of Lake Andrews in February 2010 and weighed 80 pounds, 4 ounces. Overall, blue catfish numbers appear to be expanding and should provide good catches in the coming years. image
Technique Worms and blood baits will produce good results for both blue and channel catfish, although larger blues are typically caught with cut gizzard or threadfin shad. Flatheads are usually taken with live bream, suckers, crayfish or shad.
Target Target the area below the Walter F. George and Andrews dam for large blue and flathead catfish. Winter fishing can be particularly productive for blue catfish. In addition to the current 80 pound, 4 ounce state record blue catfish, a former state record blue was caught in 2006 from Lake Andrews and weighed 67 lb, 8 oz. Night fishing during summer months can produce large 4-8 pound channel cats - target holes and shallow areas adjacent to deeper water.
Other Species
Prospect White bass, bream and crappie are also available in Lake Andrews.
Technique If schooling, white bass can be found by locating diving birds and can be caught using small spinners, spoons and jigs. Crappie can be caught using live minnows and small jigs under bobbers. Bream can be caught using crickets and nightcrawler pieces or red wigglers.
Target Look for bream near woody debris and out of the main current. White bass can be found in the tailrace areas immediately below each dam. Crappie can sometimes be found in tailrace areas, but also near laydowns in 6-15 feet of water. Best fishing times for crappie and white bass are March-May, whereas best bream fishing is usually May-September.
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