Carters Lake Fishing Charters

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The average price for a private 4 hour Carters Lake fishing trip is US $445, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $534 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Carters Lake that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Carters Lake provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Carters Lake are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $425
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $483
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $675
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $900

Fishing in Carters Lake

Anglers all over the country associate Georgia with world-class freshwater fishing. This is in spite of the fact it has no large natural lakes. That problem was fixed with the help of the US Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for creating a number of reservoirs. Carters Lake is the largest of these man-made lakes, boasting a 3,220-acres of water. With that in mind, it’s small wonder that Carters Lake fishing draws in anglers from all over the north of Georgia and beyond.

Known For

Of course, the size of a lake isn’t the most important thing, it’s what you do with it that matters most. Nested between the towns of Calhoun and Ellijay, Carters Lake is diverse enough to offer plenty of challenges to the curious angler.

The dominant species in these deep and clear waters is the Spotted Bass. They’re not only abundant but a lot of them grow over 6 lb in size. These “Magnum” Spots are known to stay near rocky points in early spring and move into coves when it’s time to spawn. As the weather becomes colder later in the year, they’ll be found at deeper structures up to 60’ down.

Striped Bass are the just behind their Spotted cousins when it comes to the sheer amount found in the lake. Most of them will be in the 5-10 lb range, with big ones reaching an impressive 20 lb. The current lake record stands at an astounding 33 lb 5 oz, and you’re welcome to try and break it. October through June is the best time to enjoy Striper fishing in Carters Lake.

The rarest member of the Bass family in these waters is Largemouth Bass. They make about a tenth of the lake’s Bass but will make their presence known regardless. They are usually found in the coves on the north and south stretches of the lake, as it’s the only habitat they are comfortable with here. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find 7-8 lb fish but most of them don’t go over 2 lb.

There’s more to Carters Lake than just Bass, though. Walleye were introduced here two decades ago and have since developed a sparse but stable population. Their spawning run lasts from February through March, when you should search for them close to Ridgeway boat ramp. This area has a rocky shoreline nearby that is a great starting point. When it comes to Walleye, expect an average catch to be around 3 lb.

Other than Walleye, you can also find a sizeable amount of Catfish in the lake. These come in both the Flathead and Channel variety, with Channel Catfish making up most of the numbers. They love hiding in bunches of logs and trees that fall in the water every now and then.

Fishing Techniques

You should be sure to use the right tools for the fish you’re looking to catch. Largemouth and Spotted Bass are partial to plastic worms, while Stripers will go nuts over free-lined shad. Shad also works very well for Catfish, you just need to put it on a weighted bottom rig and you’re ready to catch some dinner. If you’re out after Walleye, best make use of bait like minnows and night crawlers on lead jigs.

Many anglers would say that it’s not a real Georgian experience without fly fishing. Your weapon of choice in these parts should be a 5-7 wt medium action outfit along with a 8-9 lb tippet. You’ll want your flies to resemble the likes of blueback herring, shad, and minnows, and we’d advise settling for topwater poppers. Note that this doesn’t apply to Bass that go deep. For that purpose, you’ll need weighed streamers with long leaders.

Need to Know

Regulations

Every angler over the age of 16 will need a freshwater fishing license. Buy them either online or in person from local tackle shops and other approved vendors. The minimum size for Largemouth Bass is 12”. Please be sure to check the latest regulations prior to the trip or fish with a guide to maximise your catch and stay within the rules.

Getting There

You can reach Carters Lake in less than two hours when driving from Atlanta. The two State Routes that pass next to the river are SR 382 and 136.

If you’ve been around Georgia and fished all the Trout you possibly could and then some, Carters Lake will be a welcome change of pace. If you’re new to the local freshwater fishing scene, all the more reason to see what this lake has to offer for professionals and novices alike.

Carters Lake
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Based on 28559 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

Carters Lake Fishing Seasons

January

As the year starts, bigger Walleye start showing up. Stripers should be scattered this time of year, making it easy to find them all over the lake.

February

It can get quite cold in February, so the fishing is likely to be a slow burn this month. You should still be able to have decent success with Stripers.

March

When it comes to Spotted Bass, you’ll have the most success looking for schools at depths of 30-50’. They’re stubborn but worth the fight.

April

Not only is the Walleye bite due to pick up as spring sets in, but it’s also a great time to be tackling Flathead Catfish. Here’s a tip for Catfish bait–the bigger the better.

May

Late spring is when you can expect much better fishing opportunities in the northeast parts of the lake. The fresher your bait, the better your chances are.

June

Jigging for Spotted Bass is absolutely on fire come summer! You’ll also find a bunch of Walleye in the shallow waters if you fish in the evening.

July

July is, as the local anglers like to say, a rinse and repeat type of month for fishing. In this case, this is great because it means the great angling from last month continues.

August

The weather is still hot, meaning that you’ll have the best chances of catching fish in deep water or near logs and timber that have fallen in.

September

Walleye and Spotted Bass still roam the waters in respectable numbers, but the real treat has to be the excellent Striper fishing.

October

Expect turnover in the first half of October, which will translate to less than stellar fishing conditions. Fishing near the dam is your best bet this time of year.

November

Winter might be windy, but the fishing itself is improving at a rapid pace. Just make sure you’re dressed for the weather and you’ll have a great time with the local Bass.

December

If you’re after the big ones, load up on shad and get to work. Stripers and Spotted Bass are as big as they’re ever going to get around here.

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What anglers said about fishing in Carters Lake

Do yourself a favor if you haven’t fished Carters Lake and hire a guide. I caught two strippers each over 36 inches plus a half dozen spotted bass on a four hour trip with Captain Len Slay on Carters Lake in October 2023
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5.0 / 5
Do yourself a favor if you haven’t fished Carters Lake and hire a guide. I caught two strippers each over 36 inches plus a half dozen spotted bass on a four hour trip with Captain Len Slay on Carters Lake in October 2023
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Carters Lake?

Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
The boys have been fishing in many places and said this was the best one yet!! Thank you!
Tiffany  P.
Tiffany P.
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
This is our third trip with Len, and we always catch massive fish! Caught a ton of bass, a giant catfish, and a big striper at the end. Len always works hard to make sure we get what we are looking for, and we always have the best time.
Stephanie  J.  M.
Stephanie J. M.
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
We caught some big bass and a 36 inch striper. We tried all of the spots. Our second time using Len. We will continue using him!
Lori  B.
Lori B.
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Had a great time with Len! He worked hard to get us on fish. He had us out an hour and half over the drop off time and we caught 2nice stripers in that time and 4 spotted bass that were really big for spotted bass. And 2 monster hybrids at our first stop. Thanks Len!!!
Vincle  S.
Vincle S.
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Started off slow. Did some moving around find a few fish. Went back to where we started and had the best luck there.
Eric  B.
Eric B. Southfield, Michigan
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
We had the best time fishing again with Len. We caught big stripers and a bass. Fun day for our family.
Stephanie  J.  M.
Stephanie J. M.
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Took a 4 hour morning trip with Captain Hoek on a Sunday. We fished on Lake Blue Ridge. He provided us with all the bait and equipment. All we had to bring was our fishing license, snacks, and ourselves. Looking forward to doing another trip with him in the future.
Jodie  B.
Jodie B. Newnan, Georgia
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Very professional and clearly an expert angler. Our group had a blast and we will be planning another trip with Captain Hunter!
Kevin  A.
Kevin A.
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Had a great day on the lake catching huge fish. Captain Len was knowledgeable, friendly, and hard working. Would recommend to anyone
Ian  G.
Ian G.
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
We thoroughly enjoyed our day fishing. Capt Lynn was great and got is on the fish we were after. I highly recommend.
Dave  G.
Dave G.
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Captain Len knows what he’s doing. Won’t go wrong booking with him. Will repeat. Slow start to the day but had several fish in the boat before 11am with a couple personal records. Carters lake is clean and beautiful as well. Lots of wildlife spotted in addition to a great fishing trip. You won’t regret the experience.
Steven  P.
Steven P. Roswell, Georgia
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
I recently booked with captain Hoek for a four hour morning trip. He was on time and ready to go. His prices were more than reasonable. I honestly have no complaints . I would absolutely book with him again. We plan on a better time of year so the fishing is a little more active . All and all it was still a fun trip and he even let my son drive the boat which literally made his day!
Anthony  V.
Anthony V. Ellijay, GA
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Len is just a good guy. I brought my son and niece and we all had a blast. I caught the biggest bass I’d ever caught, my son got the biggest flathead he’s ever seen, we left with a mess of fish. I highly recommend.
James  G.
James G. Rossville, Georgia
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Not only was he patient and knowledgeable with the people on the charter. He helped other anglers in other boats with lure selection and things like that.
Kevin  S.
Kevin S. Dallas, Georgia
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Hunter is an excellent guide and was very intelligent and thoughtful! You can definitely tell he knows what he is talking about and is willing to do anything to make you happy on the trip. He worked as hard as he could to help us catch as many fish as we could! 10/10 recommend!
Dinah  B.
Dinah B. Seattle, Washington
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Ellijay
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
I booked the 4 hr trip for my husband and son and it was a great trip all around. The Captain was ready to go at the agreed upon start time and provided very helpful insights throughout the trip. My husband was pleased with the quantity of fish activity and my son was intrigued for the entire trip (no easy feat). 100% our fishing guide of choice.
Hannah  L.  H.
Hannah L. H. Ellijay, Georgia
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Had an incredibly amazing experience hunting for big Stripers with Captain Len! He worked very hard to put us on the big ones……and then there was the sound of the drag trying to slow the line! Wow!!! Had the best time on Carters Lake! If you are looking for a guaranteed great fishing experience in the mountains Captain Len is your Guide!
David  B.
David B. Ellijay, Georgia
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
We had 4 in our group for this summer half day trip with a wide range of experience and he was great with every one. I knew Captain Len really wanted us to catch fish even before we started when he offered to start earlier than advertised to take better advantage of early morning bite. He was ready to go with a full live well of bait. Doubling up on the bite a few times was pretty fun. Great trip and great memories!
Tom  S.
Tom S. Longwood, FL
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Had a great time out on the lake. Caught a few bass which we kept and released a few cat fishes we caught. The captain had everything setup for us since we didn’t have much experience fishing. Beautiful lake which we felt we had to ourselves, we only saw about 2 other boats out there. Would definitely recommend.
Charles  R.
Charles R. Woodstock, Georgia
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Very fun and exciting morning on Carter’s Lake. Captain Len moved us around the lake so we could catch multiple fish, and just before our trip was over, we got the massive Striper we all wanted! Thank you for the multiple fishing poles, live bait, and being passionate about all of us catching fish! Highly Recommend!
Janice  V.
Janice V. West Palm Beach, FL

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