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Georgia Reservoir Fishing Information
Lake Blackshear

Crisp County Power Company operates this shallow 8,500-acre Flint River reservoir.  Lake Blackshear is in southwest Georgia, near Cordele. This reservoir's waters support good populations of bass, crappie, white bass, hybrid bass, stripers and catfish.

Contact Information

Crisp County Power:  https://crispcountypower.com/lake-blackshear

Prospects and Fishing Tips
Best Bets
Largemouth bass
Prospect Average largemouth bass are 12-15 inches, with fair numbers of 16-20 inch fish available. Visit the lake from March to June for the best overall largemouth fishing. There are opportunities to catch largemouths over 8 pounds in Blackshear's tailrace as well. image
Technique Early morning top water or spinnerbaits are productive. As the day progresses, Texas, Carolina-rigged, and trick worms and crankbaits usually produce fish.
Target During the spring and early summer, target shallow water areas with many cypress trees, particularly in Limestone Creek, Gum Creek, Collins Branch, the upper end of Swift Creek and Spring Creek. At times fishing is excellent adjacent to grass beds, and many bass are caught from the numerous boat docks throughout the reservoir. Cool-season bass can be caught on 10-20 foot flats adjacent to river channels. Largemouth bass can be found throughout the warmer months in tailrace area below Lake Blackshear.
Hybrid Bass
Prospect The hybrid population has improved since stocking began again in 2002. Blackshear hybrids average 1-3 pounds, although the occasional 5-6 pounder is caught. image
Technique Hybrids are very aggressive and can be caught with a variety of baits and methods. Similar to striped bass, live threadfin shad, topwater plugs, crankbaits and white jigs trolled in open water can be productive. Schooling fish can be caught with chicken livers, crayfish, and mussels as well.
Target Hybrids are found schooling throughout the reservoir, but primarily in the lower reservoir (below the Highway 280 bridge). They are usually found in open water and most always near schools of shad, their primary forage. Good bets include the sunken island area near the dam, Swift Creek, and the sunken islands between Cedar Creek and Collins Branch. Keep an eye out for diving gulls, as this often is an indication of a school of feeding hybrids pushing threadfin shad toward the surface. Best fishing is late September through late April.
White bass
Prospect The abundant white bass population has remained healthy and stable in recent years. Generally smaller than their striped bass or hybrid striped bass cousins, white bass average 8-10 inches. However, when found, they are relatively easy to catch and provide excellent table fare. image
Technique White bass have relatively small mouths, but are very aggressive when feeding. Hook white bass on a variety of lures, including crankbaits, topwater baits, live shad, minnows, spoons, jigs and inline spinners.
Target Popular areas include Boy Scout Slough, Gum Creek and Swift Creek, though plenty of white bass can be found schooling throughout the reservoir. Best fishing is usually during early morning or evening, but they can be caught during all hours. The best time to fish is from late March to early November. Look for schools of shad to find white bass. Often, gulls feeding on shad from above means white bass have pushed them towards the surface from below. White bass fishing can be excellent in Blackshear's tailrace, especially March-June.
Striped Bass
Prospect The average striped bass in Blackshear is approximately 15 inches, but an occasional 20-pounder is caught. Biologists stock Blackshear regularly with striped bass, but extremely limited habitat in the reservoir proper means relatively few fish for harvest (compared to white bass and hybrid striped bass). Because they are so vulnerable to exploitation, fishing is closed in three springs in the lake (from May-October only). See the current Sport Fishing Regulations booklet for details. There are relatively few stripers in the reservoir, so anglers are encouraged to release larger striped bass. image
Technique Freeline or downline live threadfin shad, cast topwater plugs at feeding fish, or troll white jigs. Fish in tailraces are usually caught with large jigs, crankbaits, or topwater plugs.
Target Fishing for striped bass is easiest in Blackshear's tailrace during April and May, but some good reservoir fishing areas are around Smoak Bridge, Gum Creek and Boy Scout Slough. Swift Creek east of Highway 300 and the lower end of the main reservoir are good areas to find stripers during late November through early March.
Prospect A good population of channel catfish are present in Blackshear, and most fish average 1-2 pounds. The lake's smaller population of flathead catfish average 5-10 pounds, although a few larger (10-25 pounds) ones are available. image
Technique For channel catfish, use worms or blood and cheese baits. For flathead catfish, use live baits such as small bream, shad or suckers.
Target Channel catfish can be found throughout the reservoir, but often are found on shallow flats adjacent to river and creek channels and off ledges adjacent to channels. Flatheads are targeted where river and creek channels meet and flats adjacent to such areas where they roam at night to feed.
Prospect Bluegill and redear sunfish make up the bulk of Blackshear's bream fishery. Bluegill average 6-8 inches and shellcrackers (redear sunfish) average 7-9 inches. The first couple weeks of May usually offer good shellcracker fishing, as fish begin their spawning efforts. Bluegill fishing is generally in full swing by June, and good bream fishing usually continues until mid September. image
Technique Red wigglers usually work best for redear sunfish while crickets are ideal for bluegill, although both baits can catch either fish.
Target Locate shallow water spawning beds during spring and early summer. Pay special attention to shaded areas with sandy bottoms as these are often preferred spawning areas. Fish can be caught throughout the reservoir during summer months when many anglers target weedline edges, weed pockets and sandy flats.
Prospect Blackshear represents the only reservoir in southwest Georgia where catches of both black and white crappie can be expected. Catches usually average 9-11 inches in length, but fish up to 3 1/2 pounds are available. Crappie fishing in Blackshear can be boom or bust. Don't be discouraged if you have trouble finding fish - if and when you do, fishing can be really good! image
Technique Concentrate on shallow backwater areas using minnows and jigs while fish are spawning in March and April. During cooler months, live minnows fished deep (12-25 feet) on flats adjacent to channels or near bridge pilings produce fish. Similarly, fish move deeper again during late summer.
Target Throughout much of the year, target deep water near river and creek channels, brush piles and bridge abutments. Spring anglers can concentrate on boat docks and areas with cypress trees. These types of areas include the mouth of Collins Branch, Spring Creek, Gum Creek, Boy Scout Slough and Cedar Creek. Fish are often found near the bridges spanning Swift Creek and above the State Park. The creek channel above the 280 bridge can be productive during the winter and early spring months. A popular technique during late spring through summer is to pitch or "shoot" jigs under the abundant boat docks. Effective docks are often found adjacent to creek channels in 8-20 feet of water.
Additional Information
Anglers can help the spread of exotic species into Blackshear by not releasing bait into the reservoir and not spreading vegetation from another water body. Hydrilla is an exotic weed that has spread throughout nearby Lake Seminole and was introduced and is currently expanding in Walter F. George, likely from plant fragments on a boat trailer. Anglers can help avoid the spread of hydrilla to Blackshear by removing all plant fragments from their trailers and inspecting their live wells before entering the reservoir.
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