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Hot Tips and PFA Fishing Reports

Check here for the latest information on what is biting at Georgia PFAs. The information below is based on reports of what anglers have been catching and what they have been using. Best bets for what to expect for fishing in the upcoming month are presented too. Go fish!

These tips are updated throughout the year. If you do not see a recent report here for a PFA that you are interested in contact the PFA directly for up-to-date information. Click on the links on the right to learn more about each PFA.

McDuffie Public Fishing Area
July Fishing Forecast

Overall: In the month of July anglers will have to fish during early morning and late evening peak times to catch fish and avoid the midday heat. The fishing pressure has increased on McDuffie PFA with school being out in the CSRA. Catawba worms, crickets, red worms, stink baits; shrimp and chicken liver are all good baits this time of the year. Minnows are not allowed on the PFA. This time of the year shade is a premium commodity and anglers have to move around to keep the sun off their heads and backs.

The month of June has been dry and lakes levels have gone down due to lack of rain, which means water temperature, will fluctuate. The water temperature is hovering around 86 to 89 F. Most lakes are open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset with the exception of Rod Bender Lake, which is open the 1st - 7th of each month. All fish species are biting during peak feeding times each day.

**All lakes excluding Rod Bender Lake received a supplemental stocking of channel catfish in Fall 10.

Clubhouse Lake: visibility dark green- Angler pressure for bass has picked up on this lake as the fisherman search for the big bass. Clubhouse still has some quality bass and is still giving up good catches of bream and catfish throughout the year. Catfish are usually suspended in 4-5 foot of water on the south side of the lake.

Bream Buster Lake: visibility: dark green- No reports of any bass being harvested and light pressure. catfish, bream and bass are biting well.

Bridge Lake: visibility: light green- Bass bite has slowed down since spawning season. Small 10-12 inch striped bass are biting on chicken liver as fishermen are fishing for catfish. Bridge Lake is a good catfish and bream lake and receives steady pressure throughout the year from bank and boat fisherman. This lake also has a 4-6 foot alligator that has taken up residence and will be caught and relocated by DNR staff.

Beaver Lodge Lake: visibility: tannic-stained; this lake is being converted back to a traditional bass, bream and catfish lake, which will take approximately 2 years. DNR staff has brought in catch-able size largemouth bass to help eliminate any remaining undesirable species and improve bass fishing. We are fertilizing this lake in order to improve the carrying capacity and improve the fishing for all species.

Rod Bender Lake: visibility: stained to dark green- Rod Bender Lake is open to fishing the first seven days of each month. Bass fishing in this lake is catch and release only. The largemouth bass are in good condition. The bass should begin to feed more aggressively on the forage species (shiners, threadfin, chub-suckers, small bream). Traditional baits like topwater baits, rubber worms, artificial minnows, and spinner baits will catch bass. Rod Bender does have a large population of bream, channel catfish and bullheads that can be caught from the boat pier and bank.

Willow Lake: visibility: stained to light green- First hand reports to McDuffie PFA staff that a 10-pound and a 12.6 pound bass being caught and released in early March. May report is an 8-9 pound bass has been caught. Willow lake is a quality fishery that allows the angler to catch bass 4 pounds and above. Catches of up to twenty bass per boat have been reported recently, ranging from ¾ pound to 6 pounds. Fishing pressure for bream and channel catfish has been constant since the weather has warmed up and the fish are biting in spots, which forces anglers to move around to catch their limits.

Jones Lake: visibility: stained to light green- McDuffie staff received a report of one 5-6 pound bass being caught out of Jones. Anglers are fishing for bream and catfish now with constant pressure along the three earthen piers on this lake. Nice catches of bream have come from the partially submerged tree in the upper cove.

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