Back in its February issue, Georgia Outdoor News magazine published its Georgia Lake and River Records, detailing the biggest fish caught in each of the state's major bodies of water.
It makes for some interesting reading, and last week I covered Andrews Lake, Bartlett's Ferry Reservoir, Lake Blackshear and the Chattahoochee River. This week, I'll finish up the series by looking at the records for Lake Eufaula, Goat Rock Reservoir, Lake Oliver and West Point Lake.
Lake Eufaula is an angler's paradise, and the records there indicate it. The largemouth bass record is a 16-pound, 8-ounce specimen caught by John Giles in March 1980. Joe Wikoff holds the shoal bass record of 6 pounds, 9 ounces with a fish he landed in December 2002. The black crappie record is 3 pounds, 8 ounces, set by Duke Campbell Jr. in February 2001. Dennis Hutto's 15-pound, 8-ounce hybrid bass he caught in March 2000 sets the standard for that species, and Buddy McKeller claimed the striper record in June 2007 with a 39-pound, 8-ounce monster. The blue catfish record is 21 pounds, 5 ounces, set by Phil Tyson in March 2004.
Goat Rock Reservoir is formed by the damming of the Chattahoochee River, but the reservoir has only three records on the books. The largemouth bass record is 14 pounds, 3 ounces, set by Gary Brannon in March 1990. John Bennett is the striper record holder at 32 pounds, 10 ounces, set with a fish he landed in May 2001. Hutto also holds the hybrid record here with a 21-pound, 1-ounce catch in April 1995.
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Lake Oliver is another body of water formed by the damming of the Chattahoochee River. The only record on the books is a 7-pound, 7-ounce shoal bass caught by Brad Carroll in March 1999, so if you're looking for a spot in the record books, Oliver might be a place to try.
Last, but certainly not least, is West Point Lake. The largemouth bass standard is 14 pounds, 2 ounces, set by Richard Little in April 1988. Wendall Young holds the spotted bass record with a 6-pound, 9-ounce fish he caught in February 1990. A pair of 3-pound specimens lead the way for the white crappie and black crappie, as Willie Arnold's 3-pound, 14-ounce fish from February 1989 is the white crappie record and Edward Cagle holds the black crappie record with a 3-pound, 6-ounce fish from March 1996. Daniel Eldridge holds the striper record with a 35-pound, 8-ounce catch from May 2009, Dustin Pate's 14-pound, 12.75-ounce catch in March 2009 is the hybrid bass record. and Danny Swafford owns the shoal bass record with a 3-pound, 7-ounce catch in August 1997. A 20-pound, 4-ounce blue catfish landed by Ryan Keene in March 2007 is a record, along with a 33-pound, 12-ounce flathead catfish caught by Tony Booker in July 2006. Tim Miller holds the record for yellow perch, catching a 1-pound, 1-ounce fish in February 2001.
Now that you've read
about all these big fish, you've got something to shoot for when you're on the lake or at the river this summer. If you've caught a fish from any of the bodies of water that I've covered the past couple of weeks that you think might be a record-breaker, call Georgia Outdoor News at 1-800-438-4663.
Get out your calendars and circle the following dates:
The American Bass Anglers/American Fishing Tour Division 99 (West Point Lake) is idle until Saturday, when the trail returns to West Point Lake. The tournament will start from the Highland Marina launch point and costs $70 to enter. The entry fee does include entry into the big bass pot. For more information, call Rick Tilson at (404) 550-3610.
The ABA/AFT Division 114 will be hold a tournament Sunday at Lake Seminole launching from Seminole Lodge. The entry fee is $70 and includes entry in the big bass pot. For more information, call Mitchell Oldnettle at (850) 376-2628.
The ABA/AFT Division 12 is off until May 26, when it returns to Lake Eufaula. The tournament will start from the Lakepoint Marina launch point, and the entry fee is $70, which includes entry in the big bass pot. For more information, call Deacon Collins at (404) 862-4233.
-- Joseph Myers is anindependent correspondent.You can write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org