Georgia Reservoir Fishing Information
Lake Tobesofkee

Tobesofkee is a 1,750-acre lake owned and operated by Bibb County near Macon, Ga.  Property owners have developed the shoreline on the lower end but the upper end is still relatively undeveloped above the Lower Thomaston Rd. Bridge.  The Bibb County Recreation Department maintains a large area for bank fishing access on the upper end of the lake called the fingers.  Tobesofkee also is a nice place to take the family for the day.

Contact Information

Tobesofkee Recreation Area:  ph. 478-474-8770

Prospects and Fishing Tips
Best Bets
LARGEMOUTH BASS, CRAPPIE, CATFISH & STRIPED BASS
Largemouth bass
Prospect The largemouth bass population should continue to thrive as last fall's abundance remains above the past 12-year average. Expect to catch similar numbers of larger fish this year with up to half of the catch in the 12 to 20-inch size range with fair numbers of fish in the memorable-size range (20-25 inches). image
Technique Use crankbaits, topwater plugs and Texas-rigged plastic worms (finesse-type worms rigged Texas style behind a 1/8-ounce lead with June bug and green pumpkin color). For crankbaits use No. 5 or No. 7 lipped crankbait in shad or perch colors in clearer water or firetiger in stained water.
Target Target boat docks with brush piles, lighted boat docks at night and steep banks and points near deep water on the lower lake below the Lower Thomaston Rd. bridge. Also fish in water willow grass beds in pockets above and below the bridge on Lower Thomaston Rd.
Hybrid Bass
Prospect DNR discontinued stocking stripers in 2013 and will stock exclusively hybrids for the foreseeable future. Those hybrids stocked in 2013 will begin showing up in angler catches as early as this spring and summer in the 12-14 inch size range.
Technique Live bait, cut bait, chicken liver, jigging spoons, rooster tails, rattle traps and small crankbaits are recommended.
Target Fish in deeper water near the creek channels and dam area. Keep an eye to the surface as hybrid striped bass chase shad around the surface, providing some exciting fishing action.
Striped Bass
Prospect The stocking of stripers were discontinued in 2013 due to unfavorable water temperatures. Hybrids are expected to survive better during the warm summer waters found in the reservoir. There are a few larger stripers left in the population available to catch.
Technique Striped bass can be caught by trolling, casting or jigging artificial lures such as Rapalas, Rebels, Cordell Hot Spots or bucktails in deeper water or at the surface depending on the presence of schools of baitfish. Striped bass also can be caught by floating or bottom fishing natural baits such as live or cut shad or shiners. During the summer months, stripers can be located and caught by trolling deep-diving crankbaits over main lake points or near the edge where a flat drops off into the channel. Anglers targeting other species often catch many striped bass.
Target Stripers travel into the "fingers" area and up into the Tobesofkee Creek area during March and April and during this time may also be found below the dam. In the summer, look for stripers in the lower lake following schooling baitfish, both on the surface and at greater depths. Some stripers may travel up into the Tobeosfkee Creek area in search of incoming cooler water during the hot summer months.
Catfish
Prospect Abundance and quality of channel catfish will be similar as in recent years. Most fish will be in the 1/2 to 1 1/2 pound range with good numbers of quality fish in the 3 to 8-pound range. image
Technique Effective baits are live and cut fish including bream, shad minnows, worms and doughballs fished on the bottom with spinning outfits or with cane poles under a bobber. A suitable choice for a spinning outfit would be a spinning rig with 8-pound test line and 4/0 hook with a sliding 1-ounce sinker.
Target Look for catfish around cover adjacent to old creek channels in deeper water during the day and shallow flats adjacent to the creek channels at night. Catfish also can be found around docks with brush. Look for channel catfish in the upper end of the reservoir in the "fingers" area in the spring and also in the Tobesofkee Creek area during the summer.
Bream
Prospect Bluegills and redbreast sunfish are available and average 4-7 inches. Redear sunfish will run a little larger with average lengths of 6-10 inches. image
Technique Bluegill, redbreast, and redear sunfish can be caught with cane poles or spinning outfits rigged with small hooks, bobbers and split shot using worms or crickets fished at various depths, including the bottom. Fly rods are effective in spring, summer and fall with wet and dry flies. Slowly retrieved small artificial lures such as Beetle Spins Rooster Tails or Shysters also are effective.
Target Look for bream in or very near cover such as weed beds, brush piles and under and around docks with heavy brush. Bream easily can be caught in the spring and summer when the fish spawn. Search for the saucer-shaped depressions in shallow water.
Crappie
Prospect Crappie are a popular pursuit for Tobesofkee anglers. Catch rates should be similar to last year with the catch dominated by a a large number of stock-sized fish (5-8") entering the population due to strong year classes produced in 2011 and 2012. image
Technique Both natural and artificial baits are effective. Small minnows hooked through the back or lips using long-shanked small hooks are good live bait. Trolling with crappie jigs, Triple Ripples or Hal-flys, pitching jigs under docks, casting small crankbaits or fishing with small minnows also can be productive.
Target In the spring, concentrate in the upper ends of coves and shallow flats. When the water warms, target deeper submerged treetops and areas around docks with brush. Also try fishing with lights under bridges at night or lighted deep-water docks, deep brush in coves or around deep-water structure in the vicinity of the old creek channel. In addition, look for crappie around the DNR fish attractor sites marked by white buoys.
Pickerel
Prospect It is not uncommon to catch a few chain pickerel in Tobesofkee while fishing for bass as they have increased in abundance in recent years.
Technique Chain pickerel may be caught with both live and artificial baits. Live minnows and frogs are good choices for live bait. Artificial baits to try are white or black Marabou or Mickey Finn streamers, weedless plastic worms and both surface and deep-running lures. Many of the same lures used to catch largemouth bass also are effective for chain pickerel.
Target Fish the water willow grass beds in pockets and thick cover both above and below the lower Thomaston Rd. Bridge.
Additional Information
Analysis of condition factors of stripers since the stocking of stripers began in 2005 indicates that condition factors decrease as stripers grow into the quality sizes; this trend is generally indicative of poor summertime water quality and the lack of availability of cooler summertime refuges that those larger-sized stripers need to thrive and survive. Historically, larger hybrids have seemed to do better than comparable-sized stripers. Stripers have been stocked into Tobesofkee for 8 years but an apparent fishery has never materialized. Hybrids are better adapted to survive the warmer summertime water temperatures common in Lake Tobesofkee. The major tributary to Lake Tobesofkee, Tobesofkee Creek, has the potential to provide a source of limited cool water in the summer for larger stripers but lower summer inflows have occurred over the last several years due to the drought and cannot be considered a reliable source of cooler water. Therefore, DNR will discontinue the stocking of stripers in Lake Tobesofkee and stock exclusively hybrids in 2013.
 
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