“Big Bass Capital of the World”

Eufaula, Alabama, proudly claims that title because of its location beside Lake Eufaula, a 45,180-acre impoundment of the Chattahoochee River that straddles the Georgia/Alabama border. Fertile, forage rich and cover laden, Lake Eufaula is indeed a big bass factory - but fishing opportunities aren’t limited to bass. The same waters produce outstanding fishing for crappie, bluegills, redear sunfish, hybrids and more.

 Despite serving up world-class fishing, Eufaula suffers from a bit of an identity crisis for a couple of reasons. For starters, one of the finest fishing lakes in Oklahoma is also called Lake Eufaula. In addition, the Eufaula we’re talking about is officially named Walter F. George Reservoir, and the state of Georgia uses that dubbing with information published about the lake. Nationally, though, it is best known as Lake Eufaula, so we’ll stick with that.

Eufaula’s current bass population is in excellent condition, based on reports from fisheries biologists. Largemouths average 13 to 16 inches in length and weigh 2 to 3 pounds, but the population includes a high number of 4-pound fish. Of course, any bass that bites on this lake could turn out to be a genuine giant.

Eufaula consistently produces big numbers of crappie, bluegills and redear sunfish and serves up excellent opportunities for all three species. Crappie in the 8- to 10-inch range currently are the most prevalent, but the population contains a good mix of sizes, with plenty of fish up to 15 inches. High numbers of bluegill average 6 to 8 inches, while redears average 7 to 9 inches.

White bass/striper hybrids get stocked in Eufaula in big numbers and thrive in main river. Hybrids average about 4 pounds and are common up to 8 pounds. Smaller numbers of stripers also call this lake home and often run with hybrids, chasing schools of shad. Most stripers weigh less than 10 pounds, but a few invariably escape harvest for years, and every now and then someone catches a 30- or 40-pound fish.

Fishing Approaches

Lake Eufaula’s bass fishing has two distinct faces. Vast shallow areas offer plentiful and diverse vegetation, along with standing timber, stumps and downed trees, making Eufaula a dreamland for throwing frogs, spinnerbaits, jigs, square-billed crankbaits and soft-plastic offerings. In fact, many veteran Eufaula anglers rarely fish more than about 5 feet deep. Backwater areas off the main channel in the riverine upper lake and major creeks such as Cowikee, Barbour, White Oak and Pataula offer excellent shallow prospects.

Shallow stuff noted, the Chattahoochee River has well defined breaks and flooded timber along the channel in places, making the lower main lake ideal for cranking a Fat Free Shad, throwing a big worm close to drops or fishing topwater over humps and points that are close to the channel. Eufaula was actually among the lakes where structure bass fishing was pioneered years ago.

Crappie habitat is likewise diverse, but approaches are much more seasonal in nature. During the spawn, anglers concentrate on lily pads and other shallow cover in creeks and backwaters, often fishing small jigs under set floats. Slip floats and minnows come more into play at other times, when fish move to deeper trees, brush and bridge supports, often near the mouths of creeks or in the main body through most of the year. The best bream bite typically occurs during late spring and early in the fall in creeks and backwater areas. For bait fishing, it’s tough to top dangling a cricket under a small float for bluegills or a redworm for redear sunfish.

Hybrids and stripers follow the shad, mostly in open water, and offer year ‘round opportunities. The best lures suggest shad in color and general size and range from a Spit’n Image walked on top for schooling fish to a Super Spot swam beneath the surface to a C. C. Spoon jigged close to the bottom. The depth of the baitfish is the biggest determining factor for helping you select the best lure and approach for hybrids and stripers.

Lake Eufaula Planning

Special Regulations

A reciprocal agreement between Georgia and Alabama allows anglers properly licensed by either state to fish anywhere on Lake Eufaula from a boat or the shore. The minimum size limit for largemouth bass is 14 inches.

Access, Lodging & Camping

Lakepoint State Park in Alabama and George T. Bagby State Park in Georgia offer lodging, camping, food, launching and marina services. Lakepoint is near the lake’s mid-point and provides good access to several productive creeks and the upper lake. George T. Bagby is on the lower main body. Several ramps on both sides provide access to most parts of the lake.

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BOOYAH ToadRunner, Night Train 

Bomber Fat Free Shad Jr., Citruse 

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Heddon Super Spook Jr., Foxy Shad

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