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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 – February 2023

By GON Staff | January 25, 2023

Jackson: Level: 0.5 feet above 528. Temp: 52-53 degrees. Clarity: Heavy stain from end to end. The upper Tussahaw Creek above the bridge is a little clearer. Bass: Tournament angler Willie McMullen reports some bass being caught on main-lake rock and wood cover. Sunny weather will pull them up shallow on those banks with seawalls, natural rock and wood, so fish a medium-diving crankbait that will hit bottom 5 to 7 feet deep. Willie says patience is the key. Fish slowly and carefully in the cold, stained water. He also says spots seem to have overtaken the lake even worse, with very few of the 4- to 5-lb. largemouth being brought to the scales in local tournaments that he has seen in past years. Always keep a jig ’n pig ready to flip or pitch around wood cover, including docks. In the heavily stained water, stick with black and blue, but try browns…

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Lake Jackson Articles

Giant Flathead Breaks Lake Jackson Record

A night of catfishing from the bank turned into a record-setting experience for a Lake Jackson angler. Donald Kennedy, of Monticello, reeled in a monster flathead catfish on Wednesday, April 13, from Jackson. Donald reached his spot on the bank near the split of the South and Yellow rivers at about 5:30 p.m. He immediately began catching…

GON Recognizes New Record For Jackson Blue Cat

David Stacy, of Covington, recently stayed up all night just to catch the fish of a lifetime on Lake Jackson. The night of Feb. 14, David couldn’t wait any longer and decided to drop his boat in the water in hunt for a massive catfish. “I grew up fishing. I used to cut grass just…

Winter Bass On Jackson

Many of us made New Year’s resolutions to go bass fishing more, but some decide to wait to start until the weather warms up and bass start biting better. That’s a mistake. You can go to Jackson right now and catch largemouth and spots. Lake Jackson is a very old Georgia Power Lake, built in…

Follow Jackson Bass From The Main Lake To Shallow This Month

Often, September can be the most frustrating month of the year for bass fishermen. The surface temperatures are as hot as they get, and the oxygen content is at the lowest levels of the year. Early in the month, the days are still hot and uncomfortable, and the bass are sluggish. But cooler nights are…

Jackson Bass Mapped For September

The cooler mornings we had in mid August, with temperatures only in the upper 60s, gave bass fishermen hope that September fishing would be better than normal. Early in the month, bass fishing can be tough. But even under tough conditions, the spotted bass at Lake Jackson will bite, and you can catch some good…

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