Fishing for carp may not be an angler’s first choice, but according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, targeting carp can make for a fun-filled, action-packed day on the water. Get started with know-how, including recommended hot spots, equipment and techniques.
“Northeast Georgia has some great places to pursue carp,” says Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Biologist Nick Jamison. “Carp fishing requires little preparation and only basic equipment, making it perfect for children and beginner anglers.”
Lake Lanier supports an abundant population of carp averaging three pounds, with some reaching up to 20 pounds. Major carp fishing holes include, Flat Creek, Wahoo Creek and upstream from Clarks Bridge to the head of the lake on the Chattahoochee arm.
A large carp population also exists on Lake Nottely located near Blairsville. Carp on Nottely average two pounds, with some reaching 15 pounds. Anglers should target Ivy Log Creek, Young Cane Creek and Kiutuestia Creek.
Located on the North Carolina border, Lake Chatuge also supports a rich carp population, with an average catch weighing two pounds and the occasional 15-pound catch. Major fishing holes are Bell Creek, Long Bullet Creek and upstream from the Hwy. 76 bridge to the head of the lake on the Hiawassee River arm.
Lake Jackson in central Georgia currently holds the state record catch of 35 pounds, 12 ounces, caught in 1972.
The Wildlife Resources Division recommends medium to heavy spinning tackle spooled with 10-15 pound test line. The best baits are worms, doughballs (moistened bread), corn and prepared carp baits that anglers can purchase at local bait and tackle shops. Place the bait on a medium size hook (size 6-8) and fish on the bottom of recommended lakes.
During late spring and early summer, carp are concentrated in water less than 10 feet deep in search of spawning sites. The best fishing spots are in the backs of coves around natural cover (downed trees and brush).
For more information on fishing in Georgia, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com .