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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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 Photos Reveal Giant Slabs From 1971

The crappie fishing on Lake Jackson 48 years ago on Easter weekend may have been the best ever reported, anywhere in this state and at anytime! In fact, it’s very reasonable to speculate that during a four-day fishing trip from April 10-13, 1971, amongst a trio of brothers, at least one state-record crappie, maybe two,…

Jackson Bass Up The Rivers

When Brian Lee, of Covington, announced to me as day was breaking on Feb. 7 that we’d be running up the rivers that feed into Lake Jackson to look for a bass bite, I was thrilled. I wasn’t sure if there was a bite going on, but I didn’t care at the moment. I was…

Lake Jackson 46-Pound Blue Catfish Record

On the afternoon of Nov. 15, Luke Chandler, of Conyers, caught a blue catfish that weighed 46-lbs., 7-ozs. from Lake Jackson that set a new lake record. Luke arrived at the lake early in the morning and motored down to one of his favorite fishing spots, which was located on a peninsula near the powerlines.…

New Lake Jackson Spotted Bass Record

Bill Haines, of McDonough, has put himself in the Lake Jackson record books with the largest ever recorded spotted bass at 6-lbs., 0.02-ozs. He caught the new record spot on June 8. Bill spends most every Tuesday and Friday nights at Berry’s Boat Dock Marina participating in the fishing tournaments put on by the marina.…

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