Lake Yonah is a 330 acre run-of-the-river type lake near Toccoa that is operated for hydropower by Georgia Power Company. Steep canyon walls of solid granite and limited shoreline development provide a scenic backdrop for any fishing experience to this reservoir. Walleye and largemouth bass are the featured species in Lake Yonah but crappie and catfish also occur in moderate numbers. Summer stratification does not occur in this lake because water flows through the impoundment at a rapid rate. Coolwater fish, like walleye, will often be found within a few feet of the bottom all year long.
Anglers Guide to Walleye Fishing in Georgia (847 kb). This guide discusses tactics and offers expert tips for catching Walleye in Georgia.
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Prospects and Fishing Tips
|Prospect ||Lake Yonah’s small size (325 acres) and abundant walleye population make this reservoir an ideal place to learn how to catch walleye in Georgia. Walleye in the 2 to 4 lb weight range are plentiful, but state-record sized fish weighing over 12 lb are present. |
|Technique ||During March, cast floating stickbaits, shallow running crankbaits, curly-tailed grubs or nightcrawlers into the flowing waters below Tugalo Dam. Allow the bait to make regular contact with the rocky bottom. Use a slow retrieve to entice a walleye's gentle strike. It might be helpful to keep in mind that successful walleye anglers call the twilight conditions before sunset the "golden hour." |
Throughout the remainder of the year, walleye remain close to the lake bottom adjacent to the edge of the river channel. Anglers have had good success dangling nightcrawlers, minnows or live herring a few feet above the lake bottom along the 20 to 40-ft depth contours, especially around structure. Vertical jigging with spoons is an alternative approach. Walleye prefer to stay close to structure, so good electronics will help you find submerged trees and brushpiles where walleye may be waiting to ambush prey. Slowly and patiently bounce nightcrawlers, minnows or jigs into every nook and cranny of the structure in hopes of enticing a gentle strike. If you suspect a walleye has taken the bait, allow plenty of time before setting the hook.
|Target ||During the March spawning season, walleye will congregate in the upper river section adjacent to the Georgia Power campground. In fact, walleye can be caught from the shoreline in this area, especially at night. |
For the remainder of the year, walleye will hide in any type of structure on the bottom near the river channel in 20-40 feet of water.
For those willing to try walleye fishing at night, your odds of catching fish increase. Cast live nightcrawlers, minnows, or herring onto shallow water points and drag the bait slowly back to the boat. Be sensitive to light resistance or line movement as this will indicate the gentle strike of a walleye. To ensure a good hook set, give the walleye some extra time to take the bait.
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