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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 Reports – June 2024

By GON Staff | May 29, 2024

Burton: Level: 1.8 feet below 1866.66. Temp: 74 degrees. Clarity: Clear. Bass: Guide Wes Carlton, with Georgia Lake Fishing guide service, reports, “The bass bite has been the best I have seen in the last couple of years. We are catching between 20 and as many as 40 in a single fishing trip. Sebile swimbaits have been the dominate baits with a few bigger fish being caught in chrome jerkbaits. Most of the fish are sitting on a 14- to 18-foot bottom in and around major lake points. The frog bite has been working well in the mornings for some really nice largemouth. Look for these fish to start feeding deeper in the next few weeks. The drop-shot bite will take off in June. Good luck!” Brown Trout: Guide Wes Carlton, with Georgia Lake Fishing guide service, reports, “The brown trout fishing has been great the last couple of days.…

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Lake Burton Fishing Articles

Lake Burton Crowned King For Bruiser Spots

In February 2005, Lake Burton produced a new Georgia state-record spotted bass, a fat 8-lb., 2-oz. fish. Burton is full of big spots, and a surprising number of largemouths, and the bass are on a pattern this month that can produce some outstanding catches. Burton is a small Georgia Power Co. reservoir just off Highway 76 between Clayton…

Mountain Lake Perch, Ohio Style

Fisherman Paul Turman lives in Hoschton. He is a transplant to Georgia from Ohio, where he grew up catching walleye and yellow perch from Lake Erie. When he moved to Georgia, he went to school on the perch (and walleye) in Georgia’s mountain lakes, and he has been catching them for 30 years. You may…

Lake Burton Giant Spotted Bass Sets Georgia Record

The heaviest spotted bass ever caught, weighed on certified scales and verified by state biologists is a Lake Burton fatty that pulled the scales to 8-lbs., 2-ozs. Wayne Holland, of Blairsville, caught the Burton spot on Feb. 23, 2005. The official Georgia state record, and Lake Burton record, measured 21 1/2 inches long, but it’s…

Lake Burton Record Black Crappie

A 2.70-lb. black crappie set a new lake record for Lake Burton, but it only placed third in Week 1 of the 1994 GON Fishing Contest with a score of 83.1 percent. Tom Cook caught the slab on March 7. The GON Fishing Contest had weekly winners, with each species of fish having a benchmark…

Lake Burton Record Largemouth

A huge mountain largemouth bass caught in 1993 set the lake record for Lake Burton. Carl Lovell Jr., of Clarkesville, caught the bass on May 28, 1993 while fishing a plastic worm. Carl’s big largemouth weighed 14 pounds even.

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