Randy Poynter is a 650-acre reservoir constructed to meet the water needs of Rockdale County and is located about six miles north of Conyers on Black Shoals Road in Black Shoals Park. The park is open six days a week, and is closed on Wednesdays. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Daylight Savings) and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. the remainder of the year. Gasoline motors are prohibited on the lake.
Randy Poynter Lake continues to have a reputation for producing quality size-bass. However, due to vast amounts of granite bedrock in its watershed, Randy Poynter Lake is relatively clear and may not be as productive as other area reservoirs, so anglers can expect to catch fewer bass per hour of fishing. Nice catches of bass in the spring and fall are very common, with more than 40 percent greater than 14 inches.
The lake is deep with fast tapering banks, and the water is normally very clear, so lighter line may be useful. One of the few flats in the lake is located directly across from the boat ramp where an old road bed lies. Bass seem to use the roadbed as a transportation corridor. Focus on blowdowns and standing timber. Crankbaits, spinner baits, buzz baits, Flukes, Rat-L-Traps, plastic worms and jerkbaits fished around cover or structure such as creek channels, points and standing timber can produce good results.
Springtime will produce the highest numbers and sizes of bass as they move into shallower water to spawn. Starting off the bank in deeper water and then working towards the bank is the best way to locate these fish. Woody debris along the shoreline and shallow humps in the lake are good areas to target.
Hybrid bass continue to be stocked annually to provide anglers with additional opportunities. Anglers can expect good numbers of fish in the 14 to 16-inch range, however, catches over 20 inches (6-8 pounds) are possible. Shad populations continue to appear abundant, which should contribute to better hybrid bass growth rates.
Live bait, cut bait, chicken liver, jigging spoons, rooster tails, rattle traps and small crankbaits are recommended.
Fish in deeper water near the creek channels and dam area. Keep an eye to the surface as hybrid striped bass chase shad around the surface, providing some exciting fishing action.
Redear sunfish (shellcracker) and bluegill offer the best fishing for sunfish during the spawns in spring and early summer. Redear sunfish average about 8 inches in length, but some 12 inches and longer are available. Expect bluegill to run smaller than the redear sunfish, with an average size of about 5-6 inches.
Fish red wigglers, night crawlers or crickets. Small spinners (1/8 or 1/16 ounce) like Rooster tail or Panther Martins also are effective.
Expect best results during the spawns in spring and early summer. Redear sunfish generally spawn in mid to late April. Bluegill will spawn multiple times beginning in May through early summer. The best areas to target are the backs of shallower coves and pockets near their spawning beds, which look like small round craters.
Randy Poynter Lake is known for producing good catches of black crappie. The crappie population is healthy with strong reproductive rates. Expect crappie to average 8-10 inches, with some fish larger than 12 inches. Black crappie should weigh around 1/2 to 3/4 pound this spring, with some fish up to 1 1/2 pounds. Fish from February to May for larger numbers and larger fish.
Use minnows and jigs in deeper water near creek channels and around standing timber. Crappie will gradually move to shallower water as temperatures approach 60 degrees (F).
In March and April, crappie concentrate in areas like the 16-plus acres of standing timber found throughout the reservoir. Crappie will gradually move to shallower water as temperatures reach 60 degrees (F). Crappie fishing generally peaks sometime in April, depending on water temperatures. Furthermore, some large numbers of fish also are caught during the fall season.
WRD typically stocks the lake with channel catfish when hatcheries have productive seasons and surplus fish are available. Channel catfish should average 2-3 pounds, however, these fish can reach larger sizes.
Catfish readily take nightcrawers, cut bait, chicken livers or prepared catfish bait (blood bait). Fish with a bobber or straight-line to the bottom. Anglers fishing from the piers at Black Shoals Park and along the shoreline have caught some large catfish over the years.
Target deeper water near old creek channels and timber during the spring through fall.
Directions: From I-20, take Exit 82 (Hwy. 138) north to Sigman Rd. Turn left and then right on Hwy. 20 north. Travel 5.3 miles and turn right on Bethel Rd. In about one mile, turn left onto Black Shoals Rd. into the Park.
Park hours change depending on the season. Call (770) 278-7529 for up-to-date information. Park is closed on Wednesdays.