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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 Fishing Report – October 2022

By GON Staff | September 29, 2022

Blue Ridge: Level: 3.2 feet below 1681. Temp: 73 degrees. Clarity: 15 feet. Bass: Guide Eric Welch, of Welch’s Guide Service reports, “Fishing is getting good. The lake level has been dropping fast and the water temp is starting to come down. I’ve been catching some fish first thing in the mornings on topwater, throwing a Whopper Plopper or a Pop-R around banklines that may have some brush or laydowns. I’ve been using my Garmin LiveScope to find fish off points and in deep brush. I will target these fish with a drop shot and a 6-inch Roboworm, a 3.5-inch tube or a small swimbait. By midday, I will make my way up and fish the river banks, throwing a drop shot and a shaky head. On Blue Ridge, you always want to fish the bank side that the river runs closest to. There have been fish on the laydowns going up…

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Lake Blue Ridge Fishing Articles

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…

TVA Pulling The Plug On Blue Ridge

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is set to start its long-term, deep-water drawdown of Lake Blue Ridge on July 15. Once the drawdown begins, it will take approximately four months to get the lake to the lowest level needed for work to repair the penstock, a gate that controls water flow from the lake, and…

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