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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redbreast sunfish and chain pickerel at Banks Lake in Georgia.

Banks Lake, GA

Located in the Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Banks Lake is a 4,000-acre impoundment when full. Having been drained in December 2017, the lake is in a rebuilding phase. The reserve includes restrooms, bait and food store, boat ramp and an accessible fishing dock.

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Banks Lake, located in the southwestern part of Georgia, is a hidden gem for anglers seeking a memorable fishing experience. This unique reservoir is known for its fertile waters and diverse fishery, offering a variety of popular fish species.

Bass fishing is a major highlight at Banks Lake, with both largemouth and spotted bass thriving in its waters. Anglers can test their skills in targeting these prized sportfish. Spring and fall are the prime seasons for bass fishing when the fish are most active and eager to bite.

Crappie, another sought-after species, can be found in good numbers at Banks Lake. Anglers can target both black crappie and white crappie, particularly during the spring spawning season when they move into shallower waters. Crappie fishing at Banks Lake can be rewarding, especially for those who enjoy a delicious freshwater catch.

Sunfish, including bluegill and redear sunfish, provide excellent opportunities for family fishing outings. These feisty panfish can be found throughout the lake and are known for their aggressive strikes. Anglers of all ages can enjoy catching sunfish and experiencing the thrill of reeling in these beautiful fish.

Chain pickerel, also known as jackfish, are another exciting species that inhabit Banks Lake. These predatory fish can be found lurking near vegetation and structure, eagerly striking at various types of lures and baits. Anglers seeking a thrilling fishing experience will appreciate targeting these aggressive fish.

With its diverse fishery and beautiful surroundings, Banks Lake in Georgia provides anglers with a fantastic fishing destination. Whether you're targeting bass, crappie, sunfish, or chain pickerel, this reservoir offers ample opportunities to enjoy the thrill of fishing while surrounded by the beauty of nature.

The reserve is located in the central-southern edge of the state, 7 miles northeast of Valdosta, GA. Around 20 miles of shoreline exist at full pool. Once stocked again, the lake should have bass, crappie, bluegill, chain pickerel and sunfish. Note that largemouth bass are catch and release only.

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Primary fish species residing in Banks Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Redbreast Sunfish Chain pickerel

Banks Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Aside from its excellent fishing opportunities, Banks Lake offers additional amenities for outdoor enthusiasts. Boating is a popular activity on the lake, with ample space for watercraft of all sizes. Anglers can explore the lake's serene waters, searching for their favorite fishing spots or simply enjoying the tranquility of the surroundings.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Banks Lake Outdoors Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off W Main Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

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Camping is also available near Banks Lake, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips into overnight stays. Several campgrounds and recreational areas offer a range of amenities, including campsites, picnic areas, and facilities for a comfortable outdoor experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

River Park RV Park - 229 244-8397

Valdosta Wake Compound Campground - 229 375-3060

Valdosta Oaks RV Park - 229 247-0494

Cain's Creekside RV Park - 229 794-9416

Cecil Bay RV Park - 229 794-1484

Banks Lake GA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Banks Lake
Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge
307 Hwy 122 W
Lakeland, GA 31635
229 569-0147


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