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Lake Blue Ridge

Lake Blue Ridge is a 3,300-acre TVA reservoir located in Fannin County, in the northern portion of Georgia. The lake is fed primarily by the Toccoa River. Blue Ridge was created by the completion of Blue Ridge Dam in 1930. The lake level fluctuates by about 20 feet from winter drawdown to full pool in a typical year. The Toccoa tailrace below Blue Ridge offers very good trout fishing, although much of the riverbank is private in this stretch.

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Lake Blue Ridge – June 2024

By GON Staff | May 29, 2024

Blue Ridge: Level: 0.3 feet above 1686. Temp: 76 degrees. Clarity: Clear with a visibility of 10 feet. Bass: Eric Welch, of Welch’s Guide Service, reports, “Fishing has been good. I’m going to start my mornings out on the main-lake points, throwing a Whopper Plopper or a Strike King Sexy Dawg Jr. Once the sun gets up, I will target deep banks that have rock and brush, and I’m going to be throwing a drop shot and a shaky head. By mid-morning, I’m going to start my way up the river, targeting deep banks. I’m going to throw a drop shot and a shaky head. If you’re looking at targeting the laydowns on the banks, try a shaky head, a 3/8-oz. jig in green pumpkin and also a Zoom Fluke. There are also some deep docks up the river and in the pockets to target with the same baits.” Guide Eric…

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Lake Blue Ridge Fishing Articles

Rainbow Trout On Lake Blue Ridge

It was hours—three or more—and the trout fishing was slow from the git-go. Early March can be that way on the upper Toccoa River, where and when the water temperature is still in the mid-40s under continued-cold nighttime skies that leave frost behind at daylight. It can be downright cold—oftentimes, in the low 20s—in the…

18.71 Pounds On Swimbaits Take Electric-Only Battle On Blue Ridge

Forty teams of Georgia’s top electric-only bass anglers took to Lake Blue Ridge in the north Georgia mountains on Feb. 25 to battle it out amongst the best of the Georgia Total Electric Championship’s 10 participating clubs from across the state. Vying for a record payout in excess of $20,000 in prizes, the tournament payout…

Blue Ridge Mountain Bass In November

If you’ve never headed to the mountains to fish Blue Ridge, the scenery this month is well worth the trip. The fishing is great, too. Fish the herring migration pattern this month at Blue Ridge, and you’ll catch big spotted bass, and throw in some largemouth and maybe a smallmouth. Herring imitations fished on rocky…

June Bass On Blue Ridge

Why take a trip to the beautiful Georgia mountains for a summer fishing trip to Lake Blue Ridge? How about lots of aggressive spotted, some quality largemouth, and your best chance to catch a Georgia smallmouth. Fish rocks and brush in deeper water while watching for schooling fish on Lake Blue Ridge this month to…

Blue Ridge Brown Trout Sets Lake Record

You might not think of Georgia when anglers talk about trophy brown trout, and you’re even less likely to consider a Georgia reservoir as a destination for big trout. However, several north Georgia lakes in the mountains offer good fishing for brown trout, and some of those fish are growing very large. Guide Nathan Lewis…

Blue Ridge Lake Records

Largemouth Bass11-lbs., 10.7-ozs.Nathan Lewis02/01/05
Smallmouth Bass6-lbs., 14-ozs.Jim Ezell05/15/98
Spotted Bass6-lbs., 4-ozs.Kevin Hoek03/04/17
White Bass3-lbs., 6.72-ozs.Jesse McKeral03/22/08
Flathead Catfish44-lbs.Leon Reavis07/06/70
Muskellunge38-lbs.*Rube Golden06/57
Walleye9-lbs., 4-ozs.Greg Bergman01/07/01
Yellow Perch1-lb., 14.4-ozs.Scott Sliter02/13/07
Brown Trout9-lbs., 4.8-ozs.Nathan Lewis12/07/16
Rainbow Trout5-lbs., 2.08-ozs.Nathan Stuart05/03/07