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.
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.
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 put West Point Lake on your bucket list.
What You’ll Catch
Largemouth Bass. West Point Lake consistently produces quality bass. Thirty percent of the largemouth bass population is within the preferred 15- to 20-inch category, with an average weight of 1.5 pounds or more. There is a size minimum of 14 inches for keepers.
Concentrating on warmer spots in early spring, such as protected coves, use shallow-running crankbaits and spinner baits. During late spring and summer, fish deeper main creek and river channel structure with deep-running crankbaits and worms, as well as tree canopy areas near the upper ends of major creeks. In warmer months, blow-downs are popular largemouth hiding spots. In winter, preferred lures are deep-diving crankbaits, jigs and worms.
Spotted Bass. Good spawning success over the years has resulted in a substantial increase in spotted bass numbers. They comprise the majority of the black bass population in the lake. These aggressive feeders may be smaller than the largemouth bass, but are more numerous and are quick to attack lures. Most spotted bass are less than 12 inches, but there are a few larger individuals in the 20-inch range. Because of their abundance and no length limit, anglers are encouraged to harvest their catches.
Fishing jigs and worms work well on these aggressive fish. Spotted bass are also attracted to crankbaits and spinners, as well as live bait, such as night crawlers, crayfish and minnows. Similar to largemouth bass, spotted bass also like protected coves and deeper creek mouths in the early spring. In warmer months, spots hang out by structure around channels and rocky points. Blow-downs also hold many of these bass. In winter, you will find spotted bass deep and holding to the river channel structure and rocky areas. Focus on riprap along bridges, which usually hold spots year-round.
Hybrid Bass. Hybrid bass are on the rise, and due to good survival and growth rates most will be greater than 16 inches and will weigh 4 pounds or more.
Live shad work extremely well for catching hybrids. Curly-tail jigs and sassy shads also provide good action. The observant angler may often locate schools of feeding hybrids by watching for seagulls diving into the water for baitfish. During the spring, target the area below the shoals in Franklin. Throughout the rest of the year, fish may be located in areas scattered along the main river and tributary channels.
Striped Bass. The striped bass stocking program has greatly increased the chances of catching these top predators. Several 20-plus-inch stripers are out there to be caught, and may weigh around 5 pounds. Smaller linesides are also common.
Fishing with live shad is the most effective way of catching linesides. Jigs and spoons can also be effective. The observant angler can often locate schools of feeding stripers by watching for seagulls diving into the water for baitfish. In the spring, stripers move into the shoal area in the Chattahoochee River near Franklin. In warmer months, and also during the winter, stripers are usually found throughout the main lake, especially in the area of the dam.
Catfish. West Point Lake is one of the most productive catfish lakes in middle Georgia. Channel catfish are abundant, with many 16- to 24-inch quality-sized fish. These larger, good-eating size can weigh within the 2- to 4-pound range.
Classic catfish baits, such as stink and cut bait, usually work well, as do night crawlers. Expect exceptional fishing during the spring in the upper reaches of the Chattahoochee River arm of the lake around Franklin. During the warmer months, night fishing around bridges and structure should provide excellent fishing. Increasing numbers of flathead and blue catfish are being caught in the upper end of the lake.
Crappie. West Point Lake crappie are abundant, and sizes indicate a healthy and stable population. Crappie may be 9 inches and larger. The average weight hovers just under half a pound.
The best action is found by trolling jigs in traditional hot spots. Still, fishing with jigs or minnows can also be productive. Determining the depths at which crappie are located will greatly improve your chances. Target the upper portions of Beech, Whitewater, Wehadkee and Stroud creeks. Also try night fishing these areas around bridges.
Bream. Bream are abundant but few reach large size. Bluegill and redear sunfish are the most plentiful, with redbreast sunfish quite numerous. Expect the average bluegill to reach 4 to 6 inches, and the less abundant redear to reach 7 to 8 inches.
Live worms and crickets are favorite baits for bream. Also, small black curly tail jigs work well around rocks. The May full moon around Mother’s Day means bream are on the bed and ready to be caught for the frying pan. Brush piles and fish attractors should provide plenty of opportunities to catch a plate full. Summertime bream often hide under rocks and shady banks. Best summertime bream fishing is early in morning.
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.
Dam Generation Schedule
For dam generation, you may refer to the charts below or call the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at (706) 645-2929 for a recorded announcement.
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!