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.
Striped bass and sunshine bass fishing in the lower lake should be good through January, February and into March, although drought conditions during the summer may have impacted the population of larger fish. Both species will be schooling on shad and skipjack herring. Trolling plugs or casting spoons will be most effective. Watch for diving birds to locate schooling fish. White bass will begin concentrating near gravel and sand bars, and should begin spawning by late February. Largemouth bass fishing should concentrate along submerged creek and river channels through January and February, and on flats or in coves that face to the south. These areas get more sunlight through the day and will tend to warm faster. For more information contact Seminole Lodge (850-593-6886), Wingate’s Lunker Lodge (229-246-0658) or log on to Georgia Outdoor News at www.gon.com/seminole.html