Lake Russell

Lake Russell is one of Georgia's youngest reservoirs, completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1983 with construction of the Richard B. Russell Dam on the Savannah River bordering Elbert County, Georgia and Abbeville and Anderson counties in South Carolina. Lake Russell is 26,650 acres and sits between Lake Hartwell to the north and Clarks Hill Lake to the south. As a newer reservoir, environmental laws impacted construction, one factor being that thousands of acres of standing timber were left. Lake levels don't fluctuate much more than 5 feet. Pumpback features at Russell Dam can both pull and release water into and from the tailrace. In addition to the Savannah River, major tributaries include Beaverdam Creek on the Georgia side and Rocky River in South Carolina.

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Lake Russell Fishing Report – December 2022

By GON Staff | November 28, 2022

Russell: Level: 0.9 feet below 475. Temp: 60 degrees. Clarity: Clear. Bass: Tournament angler Kerry Partain reports, “The bass fishing has been really good the last couple of weeks, and this should continue through December.  There has been a lot of baitfish suspended in 20 to 40 feet of water, and the bass are starting to feed up heavily on the shad. I use my Lowrance electronics to locate large schools of bait and then search around for active bass throughout the pods of baitfish. Once you find these areas, you can catch fish on several different presentations, and my favorites are a drop shot with a Zoom Z-drop or finesse worm, a jigging spoon and a Derailer Baits A-rig with a Zoom Z Swim 3.8 or Swimming Super Fluke Jr. This is one of my favorite times of year because the lakes are not crowded and the fish are…

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Lake Russell Articles

Lake Russell Bass Mapped For Fall

Lake Russell spotted bass are feeding up as the water cools down, and you can catch a bunch from topwater down to deep brush—and everything in between. Choosing the right places to fish in October will increase your numbers and size.  Russell is a 26,650-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir on the Savannah River…

Savannah River Reservoirs Seeing Good Growth From Water Willow Plantings

  Georgia’s eastern flank offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the state, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) works to improve bass habitat at the Savannah River reservoirs. The USACE operates three major lakes along Georgia’s border with South Carolina: Lake Hartwell, Richard B. Russell Lake and Clarks Hill Lake. Administratively,…

Lake Russell To Host 32nd Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Kids can take part in a special day of fishing at Lake Russell, win prizes, and participate in other fun activities including archery, but space is limited, and registration is required. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Richard B. Russell Project Office, is hosting the 32nd Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 30, 2022,…

Lake Russell Bass On Summer Pole Markers

August in Georgia… it’s hot, fish don’t bite very well, and boat traffic is awful on most lakes. Many of us aren’t going to stop fishing, and a good option to avoid the boat traffic and feel some bass bites is at Lake Russell. You can catch as many spotted bass as you want on…

The Whaley Way For Russell Bass In February

If you are looking for an uncrowded lake with lots of spots feeding on rocks and drops, plus a good largemouth bite after a rain, head to Lake Russell. Spotted bass at Russell bite good no matter how cold it is, and if you want to keep some to eat, the lake is overrun with…

Lake Russell Record Fish

Largemouth Bass13-lbs., 4-ozs.Eddy Propes03/04/90
Spotted Bass6-lbs., 8-ozs.Mike Strickland04/06/13
Striped Bass63-lbs. *Terry McConnell04/03/09
White Bass4-lbs., 4-ozs.James L. Payne04/12/94
Walleye11-lbs., 6-ozs.Neal Watson09/11/95
Brown Trout10-lbs., 8-ozs.Tim Harris07/04/93
Black Crappie3-lbs.Eric Johanson Jr.03/13/11
White Crappie3-lbs.Tony Baker04/03/03
Hybrid Bass14-lbs., 9-ozs.Wayne McCollum01/11/04
Yellow Perch1-lb., 4-ozs.Luke Wilson09/22/16
White Perch1-lb., 4-ozs.Eric Young01/02/21