Jackson and Gadsden counties
Lake Seminole is a 37,500-acre reservoir located at the juncture of the Florida, Georgia, and Alabama state lines. It was formed by closure of Jim Woodruff Dam at the confluence of the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers near the town of Chattahoochee, FL. The lake and its facilities are maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is used for navigation, hydroelectric production, and recreation. Much of the reservoir is flooded timber, and since the early 1990's hydrilla has expanded to nearly 70% coverage of the lake area. Approximately 80% of Lake Seminole is located in Georgia, although by agreement licensed Florida anglers can fish south and west of an imaginary line from Chattahoochee Park, on the east bank, through Navigation Mile Marker 3.0 on the Flint River, south of Lake Seminole WMA, to Navigation Mile Marker 6.4 on the Chattahoochee River. East of Hwy. 271 (River Road), size and bag limits on Lake Seminole follow those established by Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and include: 10 black bass (12-inch minimum size); an aggregate of 15 striped bass, white bass, and sunshine bass (only two over 22 inches); 30 black and/or white crappie; 50 panfish (not including crappie); and a possession limit of 50 fish total, regardless of species. Lake Seminole is annually stocked with striped bass and sunshine bass (striped bass x white bass hybrids) by Florida, Georgia, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
For more information contact Seminole Lodge (850-593-6886) or Wingate's Lunker Lodge (229-246-0658), or log on to Georgia DNR or Georgia Outdoor News.
Striper and hybrid fishing in the lower lake should be good through January and February, and into March. Both species will be schooling on shad and skipjack herring the winter months. Trolling plugs or casting spoons will be most effective. Watch for diving birds to locate schooling fish. Shad populations appear to be up based on fall sampling, and stripers and hybrids should benefit through increased robustness and faster growth. White bass will begin concentrating near gravel and sand bars, and should begin spawning by late February. White bass appeared to have produced a large year class in 2009 and 2010. These fish will have recruited to catchable size, and this fishery looks to improve in the future with the stocking of 100,000 fingerlings in 2015. In the backwater areas and along the channels, fish for largemouth bass vertically along the edges of the vegetation using drop-shot rigs, jigs or spoons, or fish crank baits parallel to the vegetation edge and along the points. However, on warmer afternoons, don’t overlook the flats and the coves that face to the south. These coves get more sunlight through the day and will tend to warm earlier in the day, increasing fish activity. Fish the humps in deep water and old creek channels with jigs when water temperatures get low. Crappie fishing began to pick up early and should continue to improve through February and March as fish move from the channels into the shallows. Fish the channel and submerged timber in the Fort Scott (Flint River) and the Cornfield or Fairchild Park (Chattahoochee River) areas. For more information contact Seminole Lodge (850-593-6886) or Wingate’s Lunker Lodge (229-246-0658), or log on to Georgia DNR (www.gofishgeorgia.com
) or Georgia Outdoor News (http://www.gon.com/