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Blue Ridge Lake, GA

Popular Fish Species Blue Ridge Lake, GA

Blue Ridge Lake Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Blue Ridge Lake is notorious for great smallmouth bass fishing, as they are plentiful, fat and healthy. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Largemouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Blue Ridge Lake Popular Fish - Walleye

Walleye Fishing

Thanks to good fisheries management by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, a healthy population of walleye are thriving in the waters of Blue Ridge Lake this year. May and June, then again in September and October, tend to be the best time to catch them. During this time they tend to move shallower and closer to shore. Other times of the year they are more likely to roam around in deeper water. As always, staying close by schools of baitfish. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate around structure on points, flats and ledges off the river channels. A proven method for catching walleye here is trolling with spinners tipped with live bait, or trolling with long-billed, deep diving crankbaits. However casting live bait, jigs, worms and spoons also works well at times.

Blue Ridge Lake Popular Fish - White Bass

White Bass Fishing

After several very successful spawn years, white bass are flourishing in Blue Ridge Lake and anglers should expect some great fishing this year. White bass are aggressive, hard-fighting and just plain fun to catch. When fishing for white bass, the average fish is typically in the one- to two-pound range. These schooling fish tend to roam around the lake looking for ideal water conditions and baitfish. Look for them to generally be in 15 to 35 feet of water, whether they are hovering around the bottom or swimming in open water. Fish finders are the best way to locate big schools of white bass. In spring, once the water temperature rises into the mid sixties, they move shallow into the upper end of the lake where the Toccoa River enters the lake, as well as the backs of other coves and creeks, to spawn. At this time anglers can fish from shore and often do quite well. Fish the shoals, sandy areas and pea gravel bars. Use lures that imitate baitfish, including crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs and spoons.

Blue Ridge Lake Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, green sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass and yellow perch at Blue Ridge Lake in Georgia.

The great outdoors is exemplified at Blue Ridge Lake, a 3,300-acre lake located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, in north-central Georgia. Camping, boating and fishing are all very popular here. Anglers are treated to a wide variety of fish species, and 65 miles of shoreline to explore in search of their favorite.

Blue Ridge Lake, nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, offers anglers a diverse and rewarding fishing experience. This picturesque reservoir is known for its clear waters and abundance of fish species.

Bass fishing is a major highlight at Blue Ridge Lake, with both largemouth and smallmouth bass thriving in its depths. Anglers can enjoy targeting these prized sportfish using a variety of techniques, including topwater lures, soft plastics, and crankbaits. Spring and fall are considered the prime seasons for bass fishing, when the fish are more active and feeding heavily.

Walleye, a highly sought-after game fish, can also be found in Blue Ridge Lake. These elusive predators provide an exciting challenge for anglers. Early morning and evening hours are typically the best times to target walleye, using techniques such as jigging or trolling with live bait or artificial lures.

Trout fishing is particularly popular in the colder months at Blue Ridge Lake. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, and anglers can enjoy pursuing them from both the shoreline and boats. Fly fishing, spin casting, and bait fishing are all effective methods for catching trout in the lake's pristine waters.

Sunfish, including bluegill and redear sunfish, are abundant in Blue Ridge Lake and provide excellent opportunities for family fishing. These feisty panfish are eager biters and can be caught using simple tackle and live bait. They make for a fun and rewarding fishing experience, especially for young anglers.

Yellow perch and white bass are additional species that can be found in Blue Ridge Lake. These fish add variety to the angling opportunities and are known for their delicious flesh and spirited fights. Anglers targeting yellow perch can find them near submerged structure and drop-offs, while white bass can be caught in deeper water using jigs, spoons, or live bait.

Overall, Blue Ridge Lake in Georgia offers a delightful fishing experience with its variety of fish species and stunning mountain scenery. Whether you're targeting bass, walleye, trout, sunfish, yellow perch, or white bass, the lake provides ample opportunities to enjoy the sport of fishing and create memorable moments in the great outdoors.

Fishing enthusiasts are most commonly attracted to the great smallmouth bass, walleye, bream and white bass fishing. Others chase largemouth, spotted and white bass, trout, perch or sunfish. Several boat ramps are available to the public for launch of bass boats, pontoons, power boats, canoes, kayaks and all types of boats with no horsepower limit. Lake Blue Ridge Marina and a couple other concessions offer a variety of boats for rent.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Georgia

Primary fish species residing in Blue Ridge Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Walleye Rainbow Trout Brown trout Bluegill Green Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Redear Sunfish Rock Bass Soptted Sunfish Warmouth White Bass Yellow Perch

Blue Ridge Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating is a popular activity on Blue Ridge Lake, with several boat ramps and marinas available for easy access. Anglers can explore the expansive lake and find their favorite fishing spots. Camping facilities are also available in the surrounding area, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake Blue Ridge Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
706 632-2618

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Blue Ridge - Option 2 Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Lake Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with limited parking.

Lakewood Landing Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Boat Ramp Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Lake Blue Ridge Marina
335 Marina Dr
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706 632-2618

Fishing Guides On Blue Ridge Lake

Big Ol' Fish Guiding Service - bass, walleye

Lake Blue Ridge Fishing Guide - smallmouth bass

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Fishing License

Click here for a Georgia Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Morganton Point Campground - 706 374-1645

Waterside at Blue Ridge RV Park - 706 851-8855

Blue Ridge Lodge & RV Park - 706 258-8908

Cooper Creek USFS Campground - 706 745-6928

Blue Ridge-Toccoa River KOA - 706 946-0355

Blue Ridge Lake GA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Blue Ridge Lake
Blue Ridge Lake Recreation Area
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706 745-6928


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