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 – March 2024

February 28, 2024

Jackson: Level: 1 foot over 528. Temp: Mid to low 50s. Clarity: Stained to heavy stain. Bass: Tournament angler Willie McMullen, reports that many bass will spawn around the full moon in March.  A spinnerbait and bladed jig fished around wood will catch them. Start near the mouths of coves and pockets and work all the way to the backs, hitting all cover and secondary points you come to. You can catch fish on a crankbait, but they will mostly be smaller buck bass looking for a place to start fanning beds. With all baits, follow up with a jig for fish not wanting to chase a moving bait. Spots can be anywhere. They are like ghosts, here today and gone tomorrow. Fish a shaky head on rocks. If you get your bait near one, it will probably hit.” Lake Jackson Page: Archived Articles, News & Fishing Reports

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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 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 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 Catfish64-lbs., 6.08-ozs.Daniel Perrier05/29/23
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