Lake Blue Ridge

by Shane Goebel

Late fall is one of my favorite times of the year on this North Georgia lake. With the cooler water temps, Lake Blue Ridge’s smallmouth bite can get insane! These are some of the hardest fighting bass around. It’s also a great time of the year to start snagging some sweet walleye. Located in Blue Ridge, Georgia, Lake Blue Ridge is a short drive from Atlanta. Which means you’re not far from some excellent smallmouth fishing. You too can enjoy one of our favorite North Georgia lakes.

Currently, Lake Blue Ridge is 8 feet below full pool. Water temperatures are in the low 70’s. Water clarity is clear in the main lake and in the creeks and rivers.

Smallmouth and spotted bass fishing has been excellent. We are still catching substantial amounts of smallmouth and spotted bass, averaging 20 to 30 fish a trip. The majority of our spots and smallmouth are being caught from the dam to all the way back up the Toccoa River. Target these fish off rocky points, ledges and shallow humps. We are finding larger schools of spots mid-lake and in 25 to 35 feet of water. Down-lining live blueback herring seems to be the best technique for the larger smallmouth and spots. Look for large schools of smallmouths in the Toccoa River and Star Creek area. Live bait seems to be the key out here lately, but a jigging spoon and shaky head can’t be ruled out this time of year. This time of year, spotted bass start to school up and feed strong, so keep an eye out for the topwater bite, too. When they start busting on the surface, they will hit just about anything you can throw at them.
November is a fantastic month for catching some very big fish on this lake. Give Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service a call and let the area’s #1 guide service put you on some of Lake Blue Ridge’s best trophy fish. And for all your live bait and tackle needs, go check out Hughes General Store in Blairsville, GA. They carry everything you need for a successful day of fishing. Now, hit the water, and go get your fish on! Good luck!