Georgia Reservoir Fishing Information
Hamburg Lake

Hamburg Lake is a 225-acre reservoir located 15 miles north of Sandersville on the Little Ogeechee River at Hamburg State Park. The lake is stumpy, so only boats powered with trolling motors or outboards up to 10 horsepower are allowed. The bass, jackfish and shellcracker fishing opportunities make the trip to this quiet area in Washington County worthwhile.

Contact Information

Hamburg State Park:  ph. 478-552-2393

Prospects and Fishing Tips

 

Best Bets
CRAPPIE, LARGEMOUTH BASS, CHANNEL CATFISH & REDEAR SUNFISH
Largemouth bass
Prospect Sampling efforts indicate numerous quality-sized largemouth. Many 2-3 pound bass should be caught with a few weighing in at 4 or more pounds. image
Technique Spinner baits and plastic worms on points and next to standing timber. During calm spring and fall days, utilize suface plugs. In winter, jerking spoons along the riverbed should land large size bass.
Target Navigate through the stumps to the back of the lake for some great fall action.
Catfish
Prospect Fish stockings since 2007 quickly made catfish one of the most sought after fish in the lake. Catfish in the 1-4 pound range bite year-round. image
Technique Chicken livers and worms work best.
Target Look to creek channels and deep coves in the summer and fall.
Bream
Prospect Expect redear sunfish to be around 1/2 pound. April through early May is the best time to hit the water. Georgia WRD supplements the redear sunfish population with stocked fingerlings. image
Technique Crickets, worms, grubs and spinners are recommended.
Target While at Hamburg, try the area just below the dam on the Little Ogeechee River for redbreast.
Crappie
Prospect Fishing is good year-round. Catches will average 1/2 pound with bigger catches weighing in around 2 pounds. image
Technique Cast to the banks with jigs and minnows in the spring. At other times of the year, slowly troll or drift along the old riverbed and cast to standing timber.
Target Two marked fish attractors hold fish summer through fall.
Pickerel
Prospect Chain pickerel (a.k.a jackfish) are available and though not typically targeted, they are sure to grab attention when they strike.
Technique Variety of weedless lures and surface plugs work best. A wobbling spoon with trailing pork rind, plastic lizards and hollow-faced chugger type surface plugs are good bets. According to locals, jackfish aggressively attack anything red.
Target Look to areas of vegetation.
Best Fishing Times Key
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