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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, spotted bass, shoal bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, longear sunfish, redear sunfish, white bass, yellow perch, striped bass and hybrid striped bass at Bartlett's Ferry Lake in Georgia.

Lake Harding, GA

Stretching along more than 25 miles of the AL/GA border, Lake Harding, AKA Bartlett’s Ferry Reservoir is a great place for boating and fishing. Covering 5,800 surface acres, the reservoir is located just west of Blanton Creek Park, GA, and provides nice options for boating and fishing.

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Located on the Chattahoochee River, Lake Harding in Georgia is a fantastic fishing destination known for its diverse fish population and scenic beauty. Anglers from near and far visit this lake in search of various popular fish species.

Bass fishing is a highlight on Lake Harding, with both largemouth bass, spotted bass and shoal bass being present. The lake's structure, including submerged vegetation, rocky points, and underwater ledges, provides excellent habitats for bass. Anglers can employ a variety of techniques such as flipping jigs, crankbaits, or topwater lures to entice these prized game fish.

Catfish enthusiasts will also find Lake Harding to be a promising spot. Channel catfish are abundant in the lake, offering anglers ample opportunities to catch some impressive specimens. Anglers can target catfish using cut bait, live bait, or stink bait. Night fishing is particularly productive for catfish, as they are more active during low-light conditions.

Crappie fishing is popular on Lake Harding, especially during the spring spawning season. Anglers can find both black crappie and white crappie near submerged structures such as brush piles, fallen trees, or bridge pilings. Using small jigs, live minnows, or crappie-specific lures, anglers can entice these panfish into biting.

Sunfish, including bluegill and redear sunfish, are abundant in Lake Harding. These panfish provide exciting angling opportunities for both experienced anglers and beginners. Anglers can use small jigs, worms, or crickets to target sunfish, which can often be found near vegetation, submerged structure, or along the shoreline.

Lake Harding is also home to yellow perch, which are highly sought after by anglers. These fish can be targeted using small jigs, live minnows, or worms. Yellow perch are known for their delicious taste and provide a great opportunity for anglers to enjoy a fresh fish meal.

Lake Harding in Georgia offers a wide range of fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. Whether you're targeting bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish, yellow perch, striped bass, or hybrid stripers, this lake provides an abundance of options. With its scenic beauty, diverse fish population, and opportunities for boating and camping, Lake Harding is a popular destination for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts in Georgia.

There is more than 150 miles of shoreline, much of which is dotted with brush and boat docks, both are favorite hangouts for fish and baitfish. Several boat launch ramps are available in both states for launching all types of boats. Kayaks, canoes and other small craft can be launched from areas with access for shoreline fishing. Bass, striped bass, hybrid stripers, perch, catfish, crappie, white bass and sunfish reside here awaiting anglers. In Spring and Fall most fish move shallow, then deeper in summer and winter. Schooling fish like stripers and white bass will roam, following schools of baitfish. It is not unusual to see them rise to the surface in warm water then go very deep in colder months. Campgrounds are available in both GA and AL. The Overbored At Lake Harding Marina offers many boating, fishing and camping supplies and services.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Harding

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Largemouth bass Spotted bass Shoal bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Longear Sunfish Redear Sunfish White Bass Yellow Perch Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Bartlett's Ferry Lake Amenities

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

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In addition to the diverse fish species, Lake Harding offers excellent boating and camping opportunities. Anglers can explore the lake's waters, access prime fishing spots, and enjoy scenic boat rides. Camping facilities are available nearby, allowing visitors to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the lake and its surroundings.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Blanton Creek Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Blanton Creek Park Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Idle Hour Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Mountain Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Blanton Creek Park Campground - 706 643-7737

Lake Harding GA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Harding
Overbored At Lake Harding Marina
45 Bonnie Dr
Fortson, GA 31808
706 984-0933


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Lake Harding is home to bass, striped bass, hybrid strips, perch, catfish, crappie, white bass and sunfish in west-central GA.

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