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Georgia Reservoir Fishing Information
High Falls Lake

High Falls Lake is a 650-acre impoundment of the Towaliga River in Butts, Monroe and Lamar counties, located just east of Interstate 75 north of Forsyth.  The Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources operates High Falls Lake for recreational purposes that include sport fishing. The lake is open to fishing during daylight hours only, and the operation of motors greater than 10 horsepower are prohibited.  Boats with outboard motors greater than 10 horsepower may be used, but the outboard must not be operated.

Contact Information

High Falls State Park:  ph. 478-993-3053

Prospects and Fishing Tips
Best Bets
Largemouth bass
Prospect High Falls lake is an untapped resource to bass anglers. The relative number of large bass (16-26 inches) is ranked near the top among major reservoirs within the state and almost 38 percent of the population is larger than 15 inches. The average bass is around 12 to 14 inches and weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. Relatively low bass fishing pressure (due to motor restrictions) and high numbers of large fish should result in some very good bass fishing. image
Technique Try crankbaits and jigs in Buck Creek and Watkin's Bottom during spring and fall for big fish. For lunkers, try "pitching" spinner baits around docks and downed trees during early to mid-morning. Live bait is always a "go to" when targeting bass in early spring.
Target Target areas with point bars and downed trees in the water. There is plenty of bass habitat in the lake, so anglers should have an easy time picking a place to fish. Buck Creek and Watkin's Bottom are popular areas, but don't be afraid to target the upper portions of the lake!
Striped Bass
Prospect Both striped bass and hybrids were stocked until 2006. Striped bass only stockings started in 2007 and were discontinued in 2013 due to the success of the striped bass re-establishment efforts downstream. Hybrid bass only stockings have continued in 2013. Striped bass numbers will again be low in 2017, but if caught will average 3-5 pounds and a few will reach quality size of up to 26 inches. There have been a few reports of striped bass reaching 15 pounds in size. A catch of 23 pounds was documented in 2016. image
Technique Try working spoons and grub baits just above the dam during winter and early spring. For large stripers, try drift fishing with live or cut shad.
Target Target the upper reaches of the lake and into the Towaliga River during the March - April spawning runs. Also target the deep water habitat in Watkins Bottom.
Prospect High Falls is a great catfish fishery comprised of both flathead and channel catfish. Channel catfish numbers have remained steady compared to previous years with strong year-classes coming through. The average lengths of channel catfish in 2017 will be about 13/14 inches but individuals over 20 are not uncommon. Flathead catfish are in lower density than channels but offer a trophy fishery to High Falls with several fish over 20 lb. image
Technique Drift fishing with live or cut shad is recommended.
Target Fish deep holes and channel bends in the lower end of the lake for flatheads and channel cats.
Prospect Crappie are abundant with trophy potential. Anglers can expect over 50 percent of the population to be over 8 inches in length. High Falls is known for crappie fishing and is comparable with larger reservoirs in the Piedmont. Recent studies have indicated that High Falls is comparable to popular reservoirs (Oconee) for anglers targeting this popular game fish. Angler reports of catching crappie ranging from 1-2 pounds are common. image
Technique Trolling jigs above the dam, around drop-offs, points and creek channels is effective in winter and early spring. Minnows and jigs fished in shallow water near brush, stumps or blow-downs is most effective once water temperatures reach 60 degrees in the spring.
Target Look for submerged timber and stumps near the main channel during late fall and wintering schools of crappie. Spring offers the most popular times and fishing is excellent lake wide.
Other Species
Prospect Bream are abundant but few reach catchable size. Bluegill and redear (shellcracker) are the most plentiful; however, redbreast also are available. Expect the average bluegill to reach 5 to 8 inches and the less abundant redear to reach 6 to 10 inches.
Technique Live worms and crickets are favorite bait for bream.
Target Target brush piles and vegetation.
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