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 – May 2024

By GON Staff | May 2, 2024

Burton: Level:  1.7 feet below 1866.66. Temp: 66 degrees. Clarity: Clear. Bass: Guide Wes Carlton, with Georgia Lake Fishing guide service, reports, “Most of the bass have finished spawning. The bite has been great over the last few days. We have been catching a lot of fish on topwater frogs and Sammys in the morning in pockets off the main lake channel. In the middle of the day, the jerkbait bite has picked up in the creeks around brush and rock ledges. Most of the spotted bass and largemouth are hanging in the 6- to 15-foot water range. We have lots of herring starting to spawn on the seawalls. Look for these baitfish, and cast in and around them with your jerkbait. White, smaller jerkbaits have been working best. This bite should continue for the next several weeks as the water temps rise into the 70s.”  Trout: Guide Wes Carlton,…

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Lake Burton Fishing Articles

Wildcat Creek Campground Closed, Fishing Still Open

Wildcat Creek has always been a popular destination for trout anglers. This small stream that runs through a portion of the Chattahoochee National Forest in Rabun County is stocked seasonally with trout and has offered two primitive campgrounds for a fee of only $10 a night. However, a short while back, GON received a phone call from…

Quality Winter Bass At Lake Burton

Rocky points and brushpiles full of quality spots and largemouth feeding on shad and blueback herring. No, not Lake Lanier, but a little farther northeast at Lake Burton. Located near the mountain community of Clayton, Lake Burton produced the state-record spotted bass, an 8-lb., 2-oz. monster, in February of 2005. Winter is a great time…

Lake Burton Record Rainbow Trout

Lavenia McDuffie caught this 5-lb., 8-oz. lake-record rainbow trout at Lake Burton on July 24, 2016.

Bass On Beautiful Burton

When you think about world-class spotted bass fishing, Lake Lanier probably instantly comes to mind. Just a little farther north is Lake Burton, a beautiful, much less crowded lake that is full of big spots. Burton boasts the current state-record spot, an 8-lb., 2-oz. beauty caught by Wayne Holland in 2005. Burton has some huge…

Bed Time For Burton Bass

Lake Burton, north of Atlanta near Helen, is a 2,200-acre jewel nestled between the foothills of north Georgia. Deep and clear, it shares the characteristics of most mountain lakes, but Burton has an added attraction. This beautiful body of water is surrounded by some magnificent homes. In fact this lake is more likely known as…

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