Lake Yonah

Lake Yonah is a small 325-acre lake on the Tugaloo River, separating Georgia and South Carolina. The lake is created by the Yonah Dam, which is owned and operated by Georgia Power. Tugalo Park, a primitive camping area, features camping along the lake, with a boat launch area for small to medium boats. Located at the upper end of Lake Yonah, Tugalo Park is just a short drive from Tallulah Falls. Lake Yonah is a residential lake with 72 homes. After the Tugaloo River flows from Yonah through the lower dam, it continues to Lake Hartwell.

Lake Yonah Resources

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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…

Record Breaking Largemouth Caught At Lake Yonah

Sam Thomas, of Jefferson, recently caught a record-breaking largemouth from Lake Yonah that weighed 8-lbs., 2-ozs. On the morning of March 30, Sam was fishing a Peach State Jon Boat Anglers tournament on Lake Yonah. By daylight, he was in his boat at the top end of the lake, but the fishing was real slow. He waited…

Lake Yonah Largemouth Record

Trent Thomason, of Toccoa, has been going back to Lake Yonah for the past three years trying to catch the record largemouth for the lake. On June 23, he finally accomplished the feat when he landed a 6-lb., 11-oz. bass. Trent said he goes to Yonah every Father’s Day weekend with his dad to fish,…

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 Yonah Record Fish

Largemouth Bass8-lbs., 2-ozs.Sam Thomas03/30/19
Striped Bass28-lbs., 0.8-ozs.Dan Cisson09/19/12
Yellow Perch2-lbs., 1-oz.Steve DeHart02/24/17
Shellcracker2-lbs., 7-ozs.Corey Gosmell05/13/17
Walleye7-lbs., 12.88-ozs.Austin Sellers05/28/20