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

Cold, Muddy Water? Jackson Bass Don’t Care

Where in the world was this cold weather during deer season? Instead of bundling up and sneaking through the woods with pounds of extra clothes this year, I was still swattin’ skeeters and sweating buckets come closing weekend—I even hunted in my bedroom shoes a few times. Weird, I know, but it was that warm.…

Shad Migration Means It’s Time To Run And Gun For Jackson Bass

Lake Jackson is widely known throughout the state as a very good wintertime fishery. With multiple double-digit-class largemouths caught in the cooler months, Georgia anglers may lose sight of the great bass fishing Lake Jackson offers in other seasons of the year. As the water temperature begins to fall in October and the shad embark…

Lake Jackson’s January Bass

“If I had to pick one month in the year to fish Lake Jackson, it would be January,” said Josh Kelly, of Jackson. Josh lives on Jackson and has been fishing it regularly since he was a small boy. Josh, a local tournament fisherman, started going to the lake by himself as soon as he…

Jackson Bass Move Up In February

February can be a frustrating month for anglers. A few warm days give hint of the coming spring, the bass start feeding, but then cold sets back in and knocks them back. But, if you go to Lake Jackson this month, you can find bass feeding most days by concentrating on the right places. Dammed…

Batson Wins Eliminator Match At Lake Jackson

After an impressive weigh-in attendance at Berry’s and a day where our Elite 8 anglers spent time looking over their shoulders at spectator boats, the highly anticipated, much-talked-about Aaron Batson/Mike Cleveland Skeeter Eliminator Series fishing match at Lake Jackson is in the books. Aaron won the event with a 10.09-lb. limit, a nice bag consisting…

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