Lake Burton

Lake Burton is a 2,775-acre Georgia Power Co. reservoir located in the northeast corner of Georgia in Rabun County. Burton offers very good bass fishing, and it also has a unique fishery for reservoir trout. The lake is lined with exclusive homes. It is the first lake in a six-lake series of small reservoirs on the Tallulah River. The chain begins with Lake Burton as the northernmost lake followed by Seed, Rabun, Tallulah Falls, Tugalo and Yonah.

Lake Burton Resources

Lake Burton Fishing Report – April 2024

By GON Staff | March 27, 2024

Burton: Level: 2.5 feet below 1866.66. Temp: 57 degrees. Clarity: Clear. Bass: Guide Wes Carlton, with Georgia Lake Fishing guide service, reports, “The spotted bass bite is unreal right now! These fish are really aggressive and will eat just about anything from a jerkbait to a plastic worm. Most of the spots we are catching have been in 5 to 12 feet of water. The spotted bass should be spawning over the next few weeks. Look for these fish to stay shallow. The largemouth bite has really picked up, also. We have been catching most of the largemouth on white jerkbaits. Fish these lures close to the banks around fallen trees or over rock outcroppings. We have caught a few 6-plus-pound fish lately.”  Walleye: Guide Wes Carlton, with Georgia Lake Fishing guide service, reports, “The walleye spawn is almost over. Most of the population is still up the creeks and…

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Lake Burton Fishing Articles

Lake Burton Yellow Perch Ties Georgia State Record

Emerson Mulhall, of Cumming, caught a yellow perch that has tied the state record. He was fishing Lake Burton on Feb. 18 when caught the 2-lb., 9-oz. fish. “I was not pursuing perch when I caught her,” said Emerson. “I am mainly a spotted bass and largemouth fisherman, and my friend Jake Maddux and I…

New Lake Burton Trout Record Just A Bit Bittersweet

Tom Fox realized a decades-old dream when he broke the Lake Burton record for brown trout recently, but he says the prize was a little bittersweet. GON has confirmed Tom’s 12-lb., 4-oz. brown trout as the largest-ever recorded from Lake Burton. Mixed in with Tom’s joy was a little heartfelt sadness for a young kid.…

Lake Burton Bass Mapped For April

Lake Burton offers some great options for catching quality bass in April. Whether you like sight fishing in coves for largemouth on the bed, catching big spots bedding on rocky points or landing both species on those rocky points as they feed on herring and shad, Burton can be super in April. Lake Burton is…

Lake Burton Record Rainbow Trout Caught Trolling

Darryl Stephens was fishing at Lake Burton with his wife on July 12 when he reeled in a 5-lb., 8-oz. rainbow trout, which creates a first-place tie for biggest rainbow ever recorded from this north Georgia reservoir. The other record trout from Burton was caught on July 24, 2016. The husband-and-wife fishing duo got on…

New Lake Burton Brown Trout Record

Not many people can say they have caught a lake record fish as an experienced angler, but 7-year-old Camden Rinckey can go ahead and check that off his bucket list. His 11-lb., 14-oz. brown trout is now the largest brown ever recorded from Lake Burton. Camden was up before the crack of dawn with his…

Burton Lake Records

Largemouth Bass14-lbs.Carl Lovell Jr.05/28/93
Spotted Bass8-lbs., 2-ozs.Wayne Holland02/23/05
Smallmouth Bass4-lbs.Jeff Blair10/15/08
Striped Bass47-lbs.Robin Vaughn12/02/88
Hybrid Bass12-lbs., 12-ozs.Richard Sokolowski05/03/15
White Bass3-lbs., 2-ozs.Tod Hickman05/02/12
Walleye11-lbs.Steven Kenny04/13/63
Yellow Perch2-lbs., 9-ozs.*Emerson Mulhall02/18/24
Black Crappie2-lbs., 11-ozs.Tom Cook03/07/94
Brown Trout12-lbs., 4-ozs.Tom Fox05/30/22
Rainbow Trout6-lbs.Lila Kilby10/21/22
Shellcracker3-lbs.Greg Taylor05/21/75
Bluegill1-lb., 15,5-ozs.J. Gary Simmons07/03/76
Channel Catfish18-lbs., 12-ozs.Bland Burroughs10/14/94
White Catfish4-lbs., 4-ozs.Bill Papineau10/02/93