“Pay to Fish Lakes in Georgia”
By Ken Sturdivant
106 Hickory Ridge
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Pay fishing lakes offer some of the best cat fishing and carp fishing available in the United States of America. They are usually stocked weekly and have good concentrations of Catfish and Carp! Per acre, they are stocked annually with 80% to 90% more fish than any state lake or public reservoir would offer. The catfish are healthier and better for you to eat than river fish. Most stock farm raised grain feed catfish for you to keep just like the ones you get in fine restaurants. Unlike government lakes, pay lake owners have to make the Cat fishing and Carp fishing good or they will go out of business. Pay lakes are the wave of the future for our cat & carp fishing industry. They are responsible for keeping thousands of fishermen actively into Cat & Carp fishing. Banks are usually easily accessible which is also great for anglers with handicaps, and the snag/hang up rates are low. Some offer handicap and disability fishing areas. We just want you to catch fish and give anglers the info they need or can use and have some fun with it.
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Cohutta Fisheries Center
Description: Size: variable: several ponds 0.25 to 1 acre Fees: per pound of fish caught Facilities: bank fishing only, restrooms Open: year round. Located in Whitfield County, 2 miles north of Cohutta on Red Clay Road Species: channel catfish, trout (Nov. through May)
Description: We have multiple, heavily stocked ponds which are continuously refreshed with cool water from the Chattahoochee River. Our fish are grown in the mountains of North Georgia and North Carolina in quality hatcheries. We feed them daily to keep them healthy. Ask for a handful of Trout Chow on your next visit. Rainbow Ranch is located approximately 30 miles North of the Perimeter (I-285) on Georgia highway 20 approximately 4 miles East of Georgia highway 400. Hours Of Operation: Open 10am to 5pm, 6 days a week. Closed on Mondays unless Monday is a major holiday. Hours are subject to seasonal change. Current hours will be posted here as they change. 770 887 4797
Web Address: http://www.rainbowranchtrout.com/
Tribble Mill Park
Services: Ownership: Gwinnett County
Size: two lakes, 40 acres and 109 acres
Fees: no special fees
Facilities: picnic tables, portable restrooms, small playground, mulched trails, docks
Open: all year, from 7 am until sunset
Other: boats may use electric motors only, no trailering in of boats allowed
Species: bass, bream, channel catfish and crappie
Location: Location: Gwinnett County, on Chandler Road 3 miles east of Grayson@ 2425 New Hope Road County: Gwinnett
Demooney Lake----College Park, Ga. Weekday Jugs, Thursday Night Tournaments, Friday-Sunday Evening, and Side pot and Jugs 770-306-9992
Lake Ann----Lithonia Ga. Weekday Jugs, Wednesday Night Tournaments, Friday-Sunday Evening, and Side pot and Jugs 770-987-9531
Blalock & Shamrock Clayton County Reservoirs 770-473-4042 $5 a car, 2 boat ramps & no gas motors
Clayton County International Park Fee $8 adult, lots to do here, rent boats swim & more 770-477-3760
Demooney's Lake Fairburn Fee $5 adult 12 hour pass, no boats fishing contest each hour 770-306-8030 George H Sparks Lithia Springs Fee $2. It is
part of Sweethingyer Creek State Conservation Park. They rent boats no gas motors & have a bait shop on hand (770) 732-5871
Heads Creek Reservoir in Griffin no fee Take hwy 92 south of Fayetteville cross the Flint River take right on New Salem Rd go about a mile & 1/2 take dirt road on left & your there. 2 boat ramps & no gas motors no phone do not cross the Rail Road Tracks.
Horton Reservoir Fayette County take hwy 92 south of Fayetteville go about 3 1/2 miles to the town of Woolsey take a right on Hampton Rd go to dead end take left go to next stop sign & go straight then go 1/4 mile & your there. now a fee of $10 with out Fayette Tag 2 boat ramps & no gas motors
J.W. Smith Clayton County Reservoir Fee $5 a car, 2 boat ramps & no gas motors 770-603-5607
Ned's Lake Stockbridge Fee $5 adult 12 hour pass, 770-507-1710
Pleasant Hill College Park Fee $5 adult, 770-997-3461
Stars Mill Reservoir Fayette County no fee take hwy 85 south of Fayetteville go about 4 miles to the town of Stars Mill you will see the Historical Mill & Lake on the right at the first bridge, 1 boat put in & no gas motors no phone
12 Oaks Lake Hampton take 1941 south of Jonesboro take left at McDonough Rd then take left at red light on Panhandle Rd & go about 1/4 mile it's on your left. fee $5 2 boat ramps 2 lakes & no gas motors
Ward's Lake Ellenwood Fee $5 adult, 404-243-9178 Bottom of Form
Black Rock Mountain State Park Lake
Description: Size: 19 acres Fees: $2.00 parking fee Facilities: cottages and campsites Open: all year. Located in Rabun County, off U.S. Hwys 441 and 23 near Mountain City
Species: bass, bream, channel catfish and trout
Location: County: Rabun
This is a list of lakes and anglers should call the lake before heading out to see if the lake is open and what fees are due to fish.
Description: This 850 acre drinking water reservoir was constructed by Newton County in 1990-91 and first opened to public fishing in 1992. The lake is located approximately two miles northeast of Covington on Alcovy Road (1-20 Exit 92). Lake Varner and its recreational facilities are managed by the Newton County Parks and Recreation Department. Typically, the park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. A double lane boat ramp, fishing pier, and bank access are available to the public in the park area. Gasoline motors are not allowed on the lake, even if not in use. Visitors, other than Newton and Walton County residents, are charged a $5 fee per vehicle for parking and an additional $5 per boat. The fish population provides good fishing for largemouth bass, bream, crappie, and channel catfish. WRD, in cooperation with Newton County, manages the fishery.
Largemouth bass abundance and quality have remained in a good range for the last several years. More than one-half of largemouth bass exceed 12 inches and about 30% are at least 15 inches or longer. Largemouth exceeding 5 lbs will be less common in the catch than in 1999.
This lake has an excellent reputation for producing good pan fish. Crappie, redear sunfish (shellcracker), and bluegill populations are in good condition. Quality-size crappie will make up 30% of the catch. A strong year-class of smaller fish is present, which should begin to contribute significantly to fishing during late fall. Crappie fishing should peak sometime in April, depending on water temperatures. Bluegill and shellcracker should provide the best opportunities in May during the first spawn. Bluegill should spawn at least two more times during the summer months.
White bass were stocked several years ago, but have not spawned successfully since their introduction and continue to decline in abundance. However, hybrid bass, first stocked in 1998 and in 2000, are filling the void left by white bass. The 1998 fish are now 3-4 lbs. Unfortunately, gizzard shad (an undesirable species) was found in the lake for the first time in 2000. It appears this unauthorized introduction is well on its way to establishing a population. We are not sure if the stocking was intentional or an innocent release of bait. The consequences, however, are the same. Generally, gizzard shad take away much more from the sport fishery than they contribute. We will keep you informed, but you should expect a downside associated with this fish's introduction. Species: Largemouth bass, White bass, Hybrid bass, redear sunfish (shellcracker), bluegill, crappie, And channel catfish, Location: Newton
Description: Size: 8 acres Fees: daily fee Facilities: bait, tackle, picnic tables, primitive camping Open: 24 hours a day on Thursday through Saturday from March 1 through Labor Day, contact the owner for other fishing hours. Hart County, 3 miles north of Lavonia on GA Hwy 59 Species: catfish Location: Hart
Description: Ownership: private
Size: 50 acres This is a private event facility, rental fees can be obtained by contacting the management company. Facility Features: Covered pavilions, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, softball field, stage area, private fishing, sandy beaches, boat ramp, restrooms, swimming, paddle boats, row boats.: Open: For private rentals only, year long rentals available Other: Boats may have electric motors only Website: brookslake.net Species: bass, bream, channel catfish, crappie Location: Rockdale
Mossbrook Rainbow Trout Farm
Description: We provide rods, reels, bait and ice FREE (coolers available) Fees: per pound of fish aught Special gift for kids - Wheelchair accessible You WILL catch fish Open early spring to late October. Usually by appointment, but if gate is open, we are open - come on in. 9 miles east of Hiawassee on US Highway 76 towards Clayton Species: trout Location: town