Lake Jackson

Lake Jackson is one of the oldest reservoirs in the United States. Jackson has transitioned from a trophy largemouth bass lake to lots more spotted bass making up the bass catch. Crappie fishing is good on Jackson, and the lake is home to some huge catfish. The Lloyd Shoals Dam was built in 1910 by Central Georgia Power Company, and electricity was originally generated for the city of Macon. At 4,750 acres, Lake Jackson is small compared to other Georgia reservoirs.

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Lake Jackson Fishing Report – May 2022

By GON Staff | April 28, 2022

Jackson: Level: 0.4 feet above 1071. Temp: 65-68 degrees. Clarity: Some color all the way to the dam. Visibility is 2 to 3 feet at the dam and the stain increases as you go up lake. The rivers are clearing until the next rain hits.  Bass: Tournament angler Karl Pingry reports, “A lot of bass are on the beds or guarding fry. Smaller baits such as 4-inch Senkos seems to work better than full-sized baits to get the bass to bite. A shaky head, tube or small lizard will also work. There is a shad spawn all over the lake, but not all places have bass with them. My buddy hit two areas: in one he zeroed, in the other he caught more then 10. Those bass were caught on a spinnerbait, although a ChatterBait or crankbait would also be good baits to try. There is some schooling activity, too,…

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Finally! A Photo For The Lake Jackson Bass Record

There are more than 1.1 million licensed anglers in Georgia. Of that number, only a small percentage have ever had the honor of being recognized by GON as catching the largest fish of a certain species from an individual lake. What are the odds of a fisherman catching two lake-record fish of two different species…

Lake Jackson & The Crappie Ninja

It was Sept. 7, 2021, and the air temperature at 4 p.m. was hitting 90 degrees when we launched the boat into 4,700-acre Lake Jackson outside of Monticello. It was hot, steamy and not a hint of a breeze. Not ideal conditions for crappie fishing by any means, yet I was still optimistic that we…

Run Lake Jackson Seawalls For Postspawn Bass In May

Run Lake Jackson seawalls in May to catch lots of spots and some largemouth early in the morning. Some shad should still be spawning on them, and spawned-out shad will still be hanging around the walls. Hitting several seawalls early to find the one they are on is important. The rest of the day you…

Lake Jackson Bass December Bite

Lake Jackson has changed a lot over the years, but December remains one of the best months to fish this Georgia Power lake that is not far from the southeast suburbs of Atlanta. This is the time of year when spotted bass and some good largemouth are stacking up on steeper banks and holding under…

June Bite For Jackson Bass

June is a great month to catch both largemouth and spots on Lake Jackson. Both will hit topwater baits early along seawalls and shallow cover, and then the bass move deeper on points and humps to feed as the sun gets bright. Although spotted bass have about taken over Lake Jackson, there are still many…

Lake Jackson Record Fish

Largemouth Bass14-lbs., 7-ozs.John Burnett03/09/86
Spotted Bass6-lbs., 0.03-ozs.Bill Haines06/08/18
Black Crappie3-lbs., 8.5-ozs.Barry Massey04/16/91
White Crappie1-lb., 2-ozs.Dylan Peppers05/31/05
Yellow Perch1-lb., 6-ozs.Rusty Tate02/06/19
Hybrid Bass15-lbs., 2-ozs.Jack Anderson04/16/92
Shellcracker2-lbs., 3-ozs.Jeff Weege04/22/92
Common Carp35-lbs., 12-ozs.*Donald Clark1972
Chain Pickerel2-lbs., 9.28-ozs.Hunter Parker04/20/21
Flathead Catfish63-lbs., 11-ozs.Donald Kennedy04/13/16
Channel Catfish16-lbs., 10.56-ozs.Grant Burroughs02/13/17
Blue Catfish46-lbs., 7-ozs.Luke Chandler11/15/18
Striped Bass27-lbs.Scott HayesJune 1985
Warmouth0.88-lbs.Hunter Parker03/21/21