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.
Springtime weather was early and erratic this year, and barring late cold snaps, spawning migrations and bedding will be well underway by April. Largemouth bass have been on the beds since the end of February, but high water and cool temperatures potentially can prolong the spawn in the lake. Bedding should occur through April. Fish the creek mouths and flats in about six feet of water for staging fish that are moving to the beds. Bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) will also be on the beds this month, and fishing should be best around the full moon. The limits for largemouth and other black bass are 10 fish per day all of which must be a minimum of 12 inches total length. Stripers are likely to be on annual spawning migrations up the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers by early April. Fish the old river channels on both the Chattahoochee and Flint River sides of the lake.
Attention Florida anglers: Jim Woodruff Reservoir, Lake Seminole: Length and bag limits for black bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass (sunshine bass), white bass, crappie and panfish in Lake Seminole follow those established by Georgia DNR: 10 black bass, each must be at least 12 inches or greater in total length; 15 striped bass, white bass and sunshine bass (individually or in total), of which no more than two may be 22 inches or longer in total length; 30 crappie (speckled perch), in total; 50 panfish (does not include crappie); 15 pickerel (chain, grass and redfin). Possession limit is 50 fish total, regardless of species.