Carter's Lake


Carters Lake embraces a spectacular tract of foothills scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Its sparkling waters and rugged shoreline provide a beautiful surrounding for a variety of recreational opportunities. Carters Lake has 3200 surface acres, more than 450 feet deep, and its shoreline has no private docks or developments along 62 miles of natural shoreline.

Today Carters Lake is considered by fisheries biologist to be perhaps the finest spotted bass fishery in Georgia. Anglers seeking spotted and largemouth bass should be on the lookout for structures such as stumps, submerged points and islands when the lake is below normal pool and concentrate on these areas during the summer and fall when the lake returns to normal level. These areas should be fished with various deep running artificial baits. Largemouth bass comprise a small portion of the total bass population but when you catch one, it is usually a large fish (some over 10 pounds).

Walleye fishermen should concentrate their efforts along rocky shoreline, points and saddle areas between islands. Silver spoons jigged along the bottom in 20 - 30 feet of water, diving crank baits cast along the shoreline, and nightcrawlers are the three methods that should produce the most fish. Anglers should consider trolling as a method for taking walleye from mid-spring to late-fall. Other walleye fishing methods include vertical jigging of spoons and jigs and deep diving crawfish pattern crankbaits trolled along gravel banks and drop-offs....