Fishing

It’s all about the fish! And with more than a dozen creeks and over 40 square miles of lake, West Point Lake supports a rich population of bass, crappie, bream, and catfish. The combination of fish attractors, high stocking rates and outstanding lake fertility has made West Point Lake renowned for its premier bass fishing. The lake’s exceptional fish habitat and ecosystem result in plump, healthy fish, and has gained a reputation as one of the country’s top-notch fishing spots, attracting the world’s leading anglers, including the 2013 Bassmasters tournament, and host to frequent year-round tournaments.

Fishing Report

By Keith Hudson Guide Service

Bass: Fair. With the late May rains, the lake has remained at full pool and is still reasonably cool. Topwater baits such as Chug Bugs, Whopper Ploppers, Senkos and buzzbaits can be effective for shallow and aggressive postspawn fish, especially around bream beds. Some of the better tournament sacks of largemouth are still being weighed-in by guys who sight fish, targeting bass that are around these beds feeding on the bream. Early in the month and first thing in the morning, try fishing rip-rap around bridges with spinnerbaits, small crankbaits and Senko rigs, as there is still a light shad spawn happening. Pitching jigs into mid-depth blowdowns and wood cover also is a great pattern this time of year. Later in the month, some bass should start showing up on deeper brushpiles and roadbeds as the water warms and lake level drops a little. Try deep-running crankbaits like the Fat Free Shad, or fish a Texas-rigged Ol’ Monster worm. Some spotted bass are still being caught by casting Spot Remover heads loaded with Zoom Shakey Tail worms or just dragging a Carolina-rigged Zoom finesse worm or mini lizard around sloping gravel banks.

Linesides: Excellent. Spawned-out hybrids, stripes and white bass have shown up  back down lake in big numbers. Expect the downline bite on live bait to stay good throughout June. Also, some fish have started surface schooling on the main lake and can be caught casting crankbaits, topwaters, popping-cork rigs and Storm Swim Shad lures. Best times for this schooling activity is early or late or on overcast days. Trolling for stripers will also improve in June as the water warms.

Crappie: Good. Spawned-out West Point crappie will typically move out and hold on deeper brush and structure or under docks. Try drop-shotting minnows or shooting docks for the best results. If you are good at casting to or shooting docks, you can still do well. Night fishing is usually really good in June, and you can beat the heat by fishing after the sun goes down.

Bream: Finding an active bed can take a little effort, but when you do, you can have a ball catching bluegill and shellcracker. Bedding takes place on the full moon cycles in June. Look for shallow cover in the backs of pockets. Sandy flats and stump beds tend to draw the fish like a magnet. Use live pink worms, crickets and small jigs.

Catfish: Excellent. For channel catfish, use live and cut baits worms fished on bottom. You can catch channel cats all over the lake if fairly deep water is nearby. To target flatheads, go to a larger bait like a 4- to 5-inch bream or large shiner and fish the same areas. Increase the size of your rigs for flatheads in the 20- to 30-lb. range.

Boat Ramps

Boat ramps are provided at more than 30 public parks that surround the lake. If you require extra space for launching, Pyne Road Park offers the largest boat ramp on the lake, with two triple-lane ramps. A handicap ramp for boat access is located at Anderson Park and Sunny Point Park.

Boat Launching Fees
Southern Harbor Marina$2
Pyne Road Park$4
Anderson Park$5
Glass' Bridge Park$5
Horace King Park$5
R. Shaefer Heard Park$5
Yellowjacket Park$5
Highland Marina$10

Fishing Piers

Fishing piers are located at McGee Bridge Park and Rocky Point Park, and a fishing deck is located at Hardley Creek Park, along with a fishing pond for children and visitors with disabilities.

Fishing Guides

Well-seasoned fishing guides are available to design custom fishing adventures, personal and corporate, by way of bank, kayak or powerboat, and provide everything from lures to lunch. If you are looking for success as an angler, be sure to contact West Point Lake guides.

Water Temperature

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Water Level

For daily water levels, you may refer to the charts below or call the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at (706) 645-2929 for a recorded announcement.

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Dam Generation Schedule

For dam generation, you may call the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at (706) 645-2929 for a recorded announcement.

Maps

Fish Attractors

Fish attractors made of natural materials, man-made materials, bamboo, and brush are placed at various locations throughout West Point Lake. View our may below to find your next fishing spot!

Upcoming Events

Aug
3
Fri
7:00 pm Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena
Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena | LaGrange | Georgia | United States
Troup Saddle Club Fun Show Savor some cowboy culture at the Troup County Saddle Club Fun Show events at Pyne Road Park on the first Friday of every month from April through October, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission! Events Twenty to fifty riders compete in the following timed events: Barrel Pole bending Texas barrel Flag Arena The three classes are (1) Children: 10 years of age and younger, (2) Youth: ages 11 to 17, and (3) Adult: 18 and older. Concession What about dinner? No problem! Mosey on over to the full concession stand, which offers hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, pickles, candy, canned sodas, and bottled water.
Sep
7
Fri
7:00 pm Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena
Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena | LaGrange | Georgia | United States
Troup Saddle Club Fun Show Savor some cowboy culture at the Troup County Saddle Club Fun Show events at Pyne Road Park on the first Friday of every month from April through October, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission! Events Twenty to fifty riders compete in the following timed events: Barrel Pole bending Texas barrel Flag Arena The three classes are (1) Children: 10 years of age and younger, (2) Youth: ages 11 to 17, and (3) Adult: 18 and older. Concession What about dinner? No problem! Mosey on over to the full concession stand, which offers hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, pickles, candy, canned sodas, and bottled water.

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Contact

West Point Lake Visitor Center
500 Resource Management Drive
West Point, Georgia 31833
(706) 645-2937

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