Georgia Reservoir Fishing Information
Lake Jackson

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.

Contact Information

Georgia Power:  ph. 404-954-4040

Prospects and Fishing Tips
Best Bets
CRAPPIE, SPOTTED BASS, LARGEMOUTH BASS, CATFISH, BREAM, & STRIPED BASS
Largemouth bass
Prospect Largemouth currently comprise over 50 percent of the black bass population in Jackson. Average catches weigh 1 - 2 pounds with several over 5 pounds common. Larger bass typically are caught October - February. image
Technique Crankbaits and jigs fished in or around deep water produce larger bass. Plastics fished on a Carolina rig are often successful.
Target 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. Largemouth will typically be found in shallower, more turbid waters than spotted bass.
Spotted bass
Prospect Spotted bass abundance appears to have stabilized in recent years. Average size for spots caught in 2014 will be 12 inches. However, anglers should expect a portion of the catch over 14 inches. There are some trophy spots (> 20") out there. Unlike largemouth bass, there is no size restriction and anglers are encouraged to harvest their catches. image
Technique 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.
Target 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
Prospect Striped bass offer anglers an added sportfish option. The most recent stockings have produced the potential for a quality fishery in coming years. The average size striped bass caught in 2014 will be 4-6 lb. image
Technique 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. Live, large, gizzard shad is a very effective bait all year.
Target 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. Anglers should also target areas above Barnetts Bridge in the Tussahaw arm. Target cooler water habitat near the dam for trolling.
Catfish
Prospect 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 3-5 pounds. If anglers are patient, some trophy channel catfish exceeding 20 pounds are available. image
Technique Cut shad and liver fished on or just off the bottom is effective. Night fishing with live bream may also produce some quality catfish.
Target Target the deep waters near the dam or deep holes on the outside bend of the old creek channels. Flathead catfish will typically be found near rocky structures or hard bottoms.
Bream
Prospect One of middle Georgia's better bream lakes. Bluegill and redbreast sunfish typically reach 5-7 inches, while redear sunfish are numerous and much larger. Anglers should find bream fishing comparable with previous years. Anglers will find the average size redear sunfish near 8 inches. image
Technique 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 Target blow downs and weed lines for larger bream. The Ocmulgee River below Jackson dam is a good place to target redbreast sunfish. Fish shallow sandy areas early in the spring and late in the fall.
Crappie
Prospect Similar to previous years, crappie will be abundant in 2014. Average size caught in 2014 should be 8 inches in size. However, crappie in the 1-2 pound range are available. image
Technique 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.
Target A hot spot: the bridge crossing at Hwy. 212. Visit in early spring when water temperatures reach 60 degrees (F). Anglers should also target deep water near the dam. Crappie caught in this area have been reported to weigh up to 2 lbs. If targeting this area be sure to be patient.
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