West Point Lake
West Point Lake is a 25,900-acre reservoir operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Chattahoochee River at the Georgia-Alabama border. Excellent facilities, close proximity to Atlanta, and an excellent largemouth bass population makes West Point Lake a great choice for anglers of all skill levels.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: ph. 706-645-2937
Prospects and Fishing Tips
Fish attractor data (updated Oct. 2014) for this reservoir is available for you to upload into your fishfinder or other GPS devices, or view in free online mapping applications. The data is compatible with many brands including Lowrance, Humminbird, Garmin and Magellan to name a few.
Instructions are here on how to use the data.
Download the zipped data.
|Best Bets |
|LARGEMOUTH BASS, SPOTTED BASS, CRAPPIE, HYBRID BASS, STRIPED BASS & CHANNEL CATFISH |
|Largemouth bass |
|Prospect ||West Point consistently produces quality bass fishing. The lake has a 14-inch minimum size limit on largemouth. The largemouth population continues to be dominated by larger fish with 50 percent of the population within the preferred 15 to 20-inch category with average weights around 1 1/2 pounds or more. || |
|Technique ||For early spring action use shallow-running crankbaits and spinner baits. Fish with deep-running crankbaits and worms during late spring and summer. In winter, preferred lures are deep-diving crankbaits, jigs and worms. |
|Target ||Concentrate on warmer areas like protected coves in the early spring. Fish deeper main creek and river channel structure during late spring and summer. Also try fishing under the tree canopy near the upper ends of major creeks. In warmer months, blow downs are popular largemouth hiding spots. Winter action is found deep and near main channel structures. Fish along riprap where largemouth hold year-round. |
|Spotted bass |
|Prospect ||Good spawning success over the years has resulted in a substantial increase in spotted bass numbers. They comprise the majority of the black bass population in the lake. These aggressive feeders may be smaller than the largemouth bass, but are more numerous and are quick to attack lures. Most spots are less than 12 inches, but there are a few larger individuals in the 20-inch range. Because of their abundance and lack of a length limit, anglers are encouraged to harvest their catches. || |
|Technique ||Fishing jigs and worms work well on these aggressive fish. Spots also are attracted to crankbaits and spinners. Spotted bass will also take live bait like night crawlers, crayfish and minnows. |
|Target ||Similar to largemouth bass, spots also like protected coves and deeper creek mouths in the early spring. In warmer months, spots hang out by structure around channels and rocky points. Blow downs also hold many spots. In winter, find spots deep and holding to river channel structure and rocky areas. Focus on riprap along bridges, which usually hold spots year-round. |
|Hybrid Bass |
|Prospect ||Since 2011, hybrids have been stocked like in the past. This should increase catch rates of the smaller sized fish. Any of the older stocked hybrids caught will likely be keepers. These larger hybrids have good survival and growth rates, and most will be greater than 16 inches and will weigh 4 pounds or more. |
|Technique ||Live shad work extremely well for catching hybrids. Also, curly-tail jigs and sassy shads provide good action. The observant angler often can locate schools of feeding hybrids by watching for seagulls diving into the water for baitfish. |
|Target ||During the spring, target the area below the shoals in Franklin. Throughout the rest of the year, fish the areas scattered along the main river and tributary channels. |
|Striped Bass |
|Prospect ||The striped bass stocking program has greatly increased the chances of catching these top predators. The 2005 year-class are now in the 25-plus inch range and will weigh over 5 pounds or more. A few 20-plus pound stripers are out there to be caught. Smaller linesides also are common thanks to the successful stocking program. || |
|Technique ||Fishing with live shad is the most effective way of catching linesides. Jigs and spoons also can be effective. The observant angler can often locate schools of feeding stripers by watching for seagulls diving into the water for baitfish. |
|Target ||In the spring, stripers move into the shoal area in the Chattahoochee River near Franklin. In warmer months and also during the winter, stripers usually are found throughout the main lake, especially in the area of the dam. |
|Prospect ||West Point is one of the most productive catfish lakes in middle Georgia. Channel catfish are abundant with many 16 to 24-inch quality-sized fish. These larger, good-eating sized fish can weigh in the 2 to 4-pound range. || |
|Technique ||Classic catfish baits work well. For example, stink and cut bait usually are successful, as are night crawlers. |
|Target ||Expect exceptional fishing during the spring in the upper reaches of the Chattahoochee River arm of the lake around Franklin. During the warmer months, night fishing around bridges and structure should provide excellent fishing. Increasing numbers of flathead and blue catfish are being caught in the Chattahoochee River and the upper end of the lake. |
|Prospect ||West Point crappie are abundant and sizes indicate a healthy and stable population. Crappie 9 inches and larger are common, but the average weight hovers around 1/2 pound. || |
|Technique ||The best action is found by trolling jigs in traditional hot spots. Still fishing with jigs or minnows also can be productive. Determining the depths at which crappie are located will greatly improve chances of boating more fish. |
|Target ||Target the upper portions of Beech, Whitewater, Wehadkee and Stroud creeks. Also try night fishing these areas around bridges. |
|Other Species |
|Prospect ||Bream are abundant but few reach large size. Bluegill and redear sunfish are the most plentiful, but redbreast sunfish are numerous. Expect the average bluegill to reach 4-6 inches and the less abundant redear to reach 7-8 inches. |
|Technique ||Live worms and crickets are favorite baits for bream. Also, small black curly tail jigs work well around rocks. |
|Target ||The May full moon around Mother's Day means bream are on the bed and ready to be caught for the frying pan. Brush piles and fish attractors should provide plenty of opportunities to catch a plate full. Summertime bream often hide under rocks and shady banks. Best summertime bream fishing is early in morning. |
|Additional Information |
|The division has ten large fish attractors. Each is constructed of numerous plastic peach crates and distributed widely over the lake. The locations of the fish attractor sites can be obtained by contacting the West Point Fisheries office. The Corps of Engineers and the West Point Lake Coalition have buoy lights on the main channel markers for easier navigation at night. |
Fishing during water release from the dam is often a good time to fish because fish become more active and feed aggressively during this period.
Fishing and tournament information, guides, boat rental, camping and cabins can be found at Highland Marina Resort; www.highlandmarina.com ; (706-882-3437). Rocky Point and McGee Bridge fishing piers have PVC fish attractors for bank anglers.
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