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 Fishing Report – December 2023

By GON Staff | November 29, 2023

Blue Ridge: Level: 10.5 feet below 1681. Temp: 59-61 degrees. Clarity: Clear. Bass: Eric Welch, of Welch’s Guide Service reports, “Fishing has been good. We are almost at normal winter pool. There has been some topwater action throughout the day. I like throwing a Whooper Plooper and a Strike King Sexy Dawg Jr. I will use a drop shot with a 6.5-inch Roboworm, a 3.5-inch tube and a Strike King 3.25-inch Rage Swimmer swimbait. I will rig the Rage Swimmer on a 1/4-oz. swimbait head and cast it out and let it sink. Then I will slowly roll it back. As the water temp continues to drop, you will see the fish start bunching up around deep points and bank lines that a creek or river runs close to. You can use some of the baits that I have mentioned, but it’s hard to beat a Flex-it spoon in the winter…

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Lake Blue Ridge Fishing Articles

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…

Fishing The Blue Ridge Drawdown

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has pulled the plug on Lake Blue Ridge. A long-term drawdown will drop the lake to more than 60 feet below summer pool for at least six months. The purpose of the drawdown is to repair and improve the dam, but anglers can use this low-water period to scout the…

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