Lake Tugalo

Lake Tugalo is a 597-acre reservoir with 18 miles of shoreline located in north Georgia in Habersham and Rabun counties, but also lies partially in Oconee County, South Carolina. It is the fifth lake in a six-lake series created by hydroelectric dams operated by Georgia Power on the Tallulah River. The series begins with Lake Burton as the northernmost lake, followed by lakes Seed, Rabun, Tallulah Falls, Tugalo and Yonah. Tugalo and these other northeast Georgia mountain lakes offers some fishing opportunities unique to Georgia, where anglers can catch trophy walleye and yellow perch along with traditional species such as bass, crappie and bream. The western arm of Lake Tugalo is fed by the Tallulah River and the eastern arm is fed by the Chattooga River.

Lake Tugalo Resources

Lake Tugalo Articles

Tugalo Walleye Sets Lake Record And South Carolina State Record

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources recently certified a Lake Tugalo walleye that set a new South Carolina state record and also broke the Lake Tugalo lake record. According to SCDNR, Chris Edlund, of Spartanburg, S.C., and Dave Starzek, of Greer, S.C., caught a 10-lb., 1.44-oz. walleye from Lake Tugalo on May 29. Edlund…

Lake Tugalo Yellow Perch Nearly Breaks State Record

We almost had a new state record fish in Georgia already in 2019. On Feb. 16, Lukas Ricci, 15, of Toccoa, caught a yellow perch that weighed 2-lbs., 7-ozs. Lukas beat the old Tugalo lake record by a half pound, and he came very close to setting a new Georgia state record. On the morning…

4-Year-Old Catches Big Tugalo Perch

Gabriella Marie Puma was joining in on celebrating her grandfather Bruce Henderson’s birthday at Lake Tugalo on March 31 when she caught a record-class yellow perch. The family was fishing a bit after 12 noon off the dock of the Stone Place boat ramp on the Georgia side of Lake Tugalo. They had eaten lunch…

Lake Tugalo Record Fish

Largemouth Bass13-lbs., 12-ozs.William J. Adams1983
Bluegill2-lbs.Phil Black06/17/21
Walleye10-lbs., 1.44-ozs.Chris Edlund05/29/22
Yellow Perch2-lbs., 7-ozs.Lukas Ricci02/16/19
Brook Trout4-lbs., 10-ozs.Wes Coker12/23/10
Shellcracker2-lbs., 2-ozs.David Shirley04/29/21