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.
On the Chattahoochee River arm, largemouth bass are often concentrated in the channels that run between the small islands. On the Florida side, the best stretch of river is usually between the Apalachee WMA and Parramore Landing. Fish the channels between the islands, particularly if there is current. Early in the morning, largemouth bass are likely to be on the flats, such as the Cornfield or the area west of the man-made island. Fish topwater early, then switch to artificial lizards, worms, or crankbaits later in the morning through mid-day, and move to deeper water towards afternoon. Striped bass and sunshine bass (hybrids) anglers should look for schooling fish in the lower part of the lake near the Indian Mounds and along the old river channels down to the dam. Stripers and larger hybrids will be coming out of the summer refuges by the end of October and will be feeding voraciously. Cooler water temperatures tend to stimulate all species of gamefish, which makes fall one of the best times to fish Lake Seminole. Consult Georgia’s regulations for bag and size limits on Lake Seminole, except in the areas west of Highway 271, where Florida’s statewide regulations apply.
Attention Florida anglers: Jim Woodruff Reservoir, Lake Seminole: Length and bag limits for black bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass (sunshine bass), white bass, crappie and panfish in Lake Seminole follow those established by Georgia DNR: 10 black bass, each must be at least 12 inches or greater in total length; 15 striped bass, white bass and sunshine bass (individually or in total), of which no more than two may be 22 inches or longer in total length; 30 crappie (speckled perch), in total; 50 panfish (does not include crappie); 15 pickerel (chain, grass and redfin). Possession limit is 50 fish total, regardless of species.