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Georgia Reservoir Fishing Information
Goat Rock Lake

This 940-acre reservoir is located on the Chattahoochee River 10 miles above Columbus along the Georgia-Alabama border.  The Georgia Power Company provides public access with a boat ramp and restroom facilities.

Contact Information

Georgia Power:  ph. 706-317-6042

Prospects and Fishing Tips

Fish attractor data (updated Oct. 2014) for this reservoir is available for you to upload into your fishfinder or other GPS devices, or view in free online mapping applications. The data is compatible with many brands including Lowrance, Humminbird, Garmin and Magellan to name a few.

Instructions are here on how to use the data.

Download the zipped data.

Best Bets
Largemouth bass
Prospect Goat Rock has an abundant largemouth population. The lake is quiet and anglers will encounter little recreational boating activity. Lunker catches are possible for experienced anglers, however most largemouths are in the 8 to 12 inch size range. image
Technique Carolina-rigged plastic worms and lizards are often effective largemouth bass baits. Mid-depth crankbaits and spinners also can be productive.
Target Target rocky points in deep water. Also, shorelines and protected coves with structure are good places to locate largemouths.
Spotted bass
Prospect Spots are not large in Goat Rock, though there are plenty to catch. Most spots will be in the 7 to 11 inch range. The less abundant larger spots will average around 1 pound. image
Technique Live bait like night crawlers, crayfish, and minnows are effective. Crankbaits and plastic worms also work well.
Target The best time to fish is between April and June. Target rocky points in deep water. Main channels and shoreline cover often hold schools of spots.
Striped Bass
Prospect Gulf striped bass are being stocked in Goat Rock. They will join a few larger striped bass, which likely traveled downstream from Bartlett's Ferry where they also were stocked. Likewise, a few hybrids may move through the lake. image
Technique Spoons and popping corks with trailing jigs. Live shad also are effective for stripers. Trolling in deeper water may also be effective.
Target Target the tailrace in the spring. During the rest of the year, stripers can be found throughout the lake following schools of baitfish.
Prospect Goat Rock continues to be an excellent catfish lake. Large channel catfish up to 10 pounds are caught year-round. Channel cats 1-5 pounds are most common. image
Technique Channels like live bait like night crawlers and minnows fished at or near the bottom. Stink and cut baits also are popular choices.
Target Target the river channel area, deep holes and rocky bottoms.
Prospect Bluegill and redear sunfish fishing historically has been good. Average bluegill catches should weigh approximately 1/4 to 1/3 pound, while redear catches can average 3/4 to 1 1/3 pound. image
Technique Live worms and crickets are most effective for bluegill and redear sunfish. Small plastic jugs may also prove productive.
Target Backs of coves and sloughs are most productive. April, May, and June are the best months to fish.
Prospect Anglers looking for crappie often fare well in Goat Rock. Most catches average more than 1/3 pound. "Slabs" will be common for the dedicated angler. image
Technique Trolling with jigs and live minnows work well for crappie in deeper water.
Target Target woody brush and structure along shorelines. Trolling along the river channel also can be effective.
Other Species
Prospect A small population of shoal bass are present and occasionally are caught in Goat Rock.
Technique Crayfish and baitfish are favorite foods for shoal bass.
Target Target rocky areas below Bartlett's Ferry Dam and up Mulberry Creek.
Additional Information
The Goat Rock Marina has a paved parking area, courtesy dock, a restroom and area lighting.

Generating schedules and lake levels information is available by calling Georgia Power at 706-317-6000.

Try fishing the five fish attractors on Goat Rock Lake. Fish attractors are marked with buoys.
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