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 and abundant walleye population make this reservoir an ideal place to learn how to fish for walleye. Walleye in the 2 lb size class are plentiful but state-record sized fish weighing over 12 lb are also present. 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 Yonah can be found on the Georgia Power website at www.georgiapower.com/lakes/home.asp. |
|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. 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 working nightcrawlers or live herring a few feet above the lake bottom along the 20 to 40-ft depth contours from the mid-section of the lake downstream to the dam. Vertical jigging with spoons is an alternative approach. Walleye prefer to stay close to structure, so good electronics will help you find submerged trees that have fallen into the lake where walleye may be waiting to ambush prey. |
|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 be found near the bottom in about 45 ft of water from the mid-section of the lake to the dam. Anglers should fish near the bottom along the edge of the river channel and around downed trees. 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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