Carters Lake

Located in the north Georgia mountains in Gilmer and Murray counties, Carters Lake is the deepest of Georgia's reservoirs. The spotted bass fishing at Carters is nationally known, and the lake also produces trophy striped bass, as well as a unique Georgia fishery for trophy walleye. Relatively small with 3,200 acres and 62 miles of shoreline, Carters Lake has an average depth of 200 feet and is also more than 450 feet deep in places. Carters is a Corps of Engineers impoundment that is unique that there are no private docks or houses along its shore. This lake is fed by the Coosawattee River.

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Carters Lake Fishing Report – October 2022

By GON Staff | September 29, 2022

Carters: Level: 1 foot below 1074. Temp: 75 degrees. Clarity: 7 feet. Walleye: Guide Eric Crowley, of Lake and Stream Guide Service, reports, “Early turnover last month has the fish set up in an early fall pattern. This means the walleye are headed for the shallowest water they’ve been in since June. Look on 50- to 60-foot humps and big points. The bait is grouped in giant schools on the main lake, and the fish are just waiting to feed as these schools pass over head. Low-light conditions are prime feeding times for these fish, so early and late in the day are times to focus on. Look for fish on the bottom or just off the bottom under these bait balls and drop spoons. Some days they want a small, heavy spoon, like a Krocodile spoon, where some days they only seem to want Flutter spoons. It will vary from…

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Carters Lake Fishing Articles

Carters Lake Slab Crushes White Crappie Record

Twelve-year-old Chandler Watkins, of Ellijay, knocked the old Carters Lake white crappie record clear out of the water with a 3-lb., 4.9-oz. slab he caught on Feb. 28. The old record was a 2-lb. crappie caught in 2019 by Joshua Higgins. Chandler isn’t exactly a stranger when it comes to catching big fish. “We are…

September Plan For Carters Lake Spots

Carters Lake is arguably Georgia’s prettiest reservoir, with undeveloped shorelines, steep hills surrounding the pristine water, rocky shorelines and clear, deep water. But more important for anglers than the beauty are the spotted bass swimming in Carters. As we transition into September, the Carters Lake bass feed more heavily as the water cools, and they…

Ellijay Teen Owns New Carters Lake Flathead Record

Ellijay’s new hometown hero is 13-year-old Wyatt Stokes, who recently added his name to GON’s Georgia Lake & River Records listing with a Carters Lake flathead catfish that weighed 41-lbs., 12-ozs. “He was ecstatic. He couldn’t believe it, I couldn’t either, we were both excited,” said Jamie Stokes, Wyatt’s dad. The two were bank fishing…

Carters Lake Anglers Face Possible Boat Ramp Closures

Carters Lake anglers who fish during the fall and winter for trophy-sized stripers and fat spotted bass should strongly consider making an appearance at tomorrow night’s, Oct. 16, 2019, Gilmer County Board of Commissioner’s meeting at 6 p.m. in Ellijay. A shrinking budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could mean seasonal boat ramp…

North Georgia Stripers

As summer hits us Georgians in full force this month, you can bet anywhere you decide to fish it’s going to be hot, and I mean hot. About the only thing in the northern portion of our state that you can expect to be hotter than the sweltering daytime highs is the striper fishing. As…

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