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Georgia Reservoir Fishing Information
Lake Seed

Lake Seed is a 240 acre run-of-the-river type lake near Clayton that is operated for hydropower by Georgia Power Company.  Walleye and trout are the featured species in Lake Seed but spotted bass, yellow perch, white catfish and trophy redear sunfish also take up residence.  Summer stratification does not occur in this lake because water flows through the impoundment at a rapid rate.  Coolwater fish, like trout and walleye, will often be found within a few feet of the bottom all year long.  Trout will feed on the surface under low light conditions in the cool weather months and walleye will move also move into shallow water under the same conditions.

    Anglers Guide to Walleye Fishing in Georgia  (847 kb). This guide discusses tactics and offers expert tips for catching Walleye in Georgia.

Contact Information

Georgia Power: 1-888-GPC-LAKE (1-888-472-5253)

Prospects and Fishing Tips
Walleye
Prospect A fishable population of walleye occurs in Lake Seed such that knowledgeable anglers have a reasonable chance of success. For the coming year, walleye in the 2 to 4 lb range will be common. Last year, several walleye over 8 lb were caught from Lake Seed. In fact, walleye exceeding 12 lb, occur in Lake Seed.

The only boat ramp on Lake Seed is located on Lake Seed Road at GPS coordinates N 34.769302 and W -83.510311.
Technique During March, a high number of adult walleye invade the shallow headwaters of Lake Seed to spawn. Spawning walleye are fairly reluctant to bite, but patient anglers can have some success when fishing at dusk with floating stickbaits like a broken-back Rapala or shallow running crankbaits or even a small jig tipped with a nightcrawler. Since walleye will be holding tight to the bottom, make sure the bait makes frequent contact with the large rocks and cobble. Another important tip is to retrieve the bait as slowly as possible in order to entice a gentle strike from a reluctant walleye.

Throughout the remainder of the year, walleye reside in the main body of the lake. Anglers should slowly troll live baits like herring or nightcrawlers a few feet above the lake bottom. Walleye prefer to stay close to structure, so good electronics will help you find the occasional downed tree that has fallen into the lake. The biggest walleye in the lake tend to hideout on the bottom underneath tree branches so work these structures thoroughly.
Target During the month of March, most walleye will be found in the shallow headwaters of Lake Seed from the Mountain Patrol station to Burton Dam. For the remainder of the year, walleye will be found near the bottom from the public beach to the dam. Walleye are more active in low light conditions, therefore, walleye usually bite better at dawn, dusk or even at night rather than during the bright light of sunny days.
Additional Information
A walleye fishing guidebook is available at no cost on the Wildlife Resources Division web site at http://www.gofishgeorgia.com/Fisheries/Walleye?cat=2. Click on the link at the bottom of this webpage to download the guidebook.

More information about Lake Seed can be found on the Georgia Power website at http://georgiapowerlakes.com/northgeorgialakes/
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