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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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Lake Jackson Articles

Jackson Lake Record Hybrid Bass

Jack Anderson holds the current Lake Jackson hybrid bass record with a 15-lb., 2-oz. fish he caught on April 16, 1992.

Lake Jackson Record Black Crappie

Barry Massey holds the current Lake Jackson black crappie record with a 3-lb., 8.5-oz. fish he caught on April 16, 1991. See all of GON’s Official Georgia Lake & River Records Requirements For Record Fish • Fish must be caught legally by rod and reel in a manner consistent with state game and fish regulations.…

60 Pounds Of Lake Jackson Bass!

Big Jim Allen, of Big Jim’s Tackle in Riverdale, and his partner Ernie Gilmer, of Jonesboro, had a day of fishing on Lake Jackson that most fishermen only dream about. In just three hours, they caught eight bass that weighed 64 pounds.  They fished 1/4-oz. Edge spinnerbaits with No. 5 willowleaf blades, glitter and white…

Jackson Lake Record Striper

Scott Hayes holds the current Lake Jackson striped bass record with a 27-lb. fish he caught in June 1985. A few weeks earlier, Scott’s dad, Guy, caught a big striper in the same stretch of Lake Jackson that weighed 24 pounds. “They were both caught at the headwaters of Lake Jackson at the Alcovy River…

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