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Bartletts Ferry

Bartletts Ferry, also known as Lake Harding, is a 5,850-acre reservoir on the Chattahoochee River north of Columbus and south of Lake West Point. The lake was built in 1926 and now owned by Georgia Power. Bartletts offers good fishing for spotted bass.

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Bartletts Ferry Fishing Report – February 2024

By GON Staff | January 31, 2024

Bartletts Ferry: Level: 0.9 feet below 521. Temp: Mid 50s. Clarity: River and main creeks muddy, some clearer water in lower lake creeks. Bass: Tournament angler Tyler Morgan with Summerlin Outdoors reports that bass are already in early prespawn patterns with the longer days. “Fish in the creeks. Halawakee is usually good, and concentrate on rip-rap and wood cover at the mouths of pockets one third of the way back. A Frittside crankbait and a ChatterBait Evo are go-to baits. Work them slowly on the rocks. Also, skip a jig under black floating docks and expect a bite as soon as it starts to fall. Bass will hold right against the black float on sunny days for some added warmth. Fish also love shallow wood—from brush to blowdowns—from the bank to 5 feet deep. You can’t go wrong pitching a jig into brush 3 feet deep,” Tyler said. Bartletts Ferry Page:…

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Bartletts Ferry November Bass With Kyle Welcher

Bass are following shad into creeks and coves right now on Bartletts Ferry. In late October and November, you can catch all the keeper-size spotted bass you want to eat by finding them suspended under balls of baitfish. But if you want quality fish and more largemouth, stick with shallow structure and cover like seawalls,…

54-Pound Grass Carp Sets Georgia Bowfishing Record

Sometimes when you are shooting fish with a bow from the front of the boat, things are moving fast. The action can happen in a flash. That was the case the evening of June 30 for a group of bowfishermen at Bartletts Ferry, also known as Lake Harding.  J. D. Bond, of McDonough, saw a…

Storm Clark’s All-American Plan For Bartletts Ferry Bass

As late May bleeds into June, many Bartletts Ferry bass transition to summer holes and feed in deeper water. Bass set up on predictable places and can be caught on a variety of baits. But as always, there are shallow fish to be caught every day. Bartletts Ferry, also known as Lake Harding, is downstream…

Bass Found Deep On Bartletts Ferry For Fishers Of Men Tourney

It was awesome to get our Fishers of Men Georgia South Division season started on Jan. 29. After rescheduling from the prior weekend as a result of COVID and a potential winter storm, it was good to get the season going. We had a great Friday night with Brent Janney being the speaker. I had…

Bartletts Ferry Bass Mapped For October

Bartletts Ferry is often overlooked by fishermen heading to bigger lakes, but it is full of hungry spotted bass and largemouth. In October, expect to find these bass feeding in grassbeds, on seawalls and on bluff banks. You can catch them on topwater, jigs, crankbaits and other baits you like to throw. Located on the…

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