Lake Nottely

Blairsville, Georgia 30512

Lake Nottely

Lake Nottely Professional Review and Guide

"Fertile waters and low fishing pressure combine to make Nottely one of the best bass fishing lakes in north Georgia. Lake Nottely is one of the few places in Georgia where bass anglers have a realistic chance of catching three black bass species from the same lake. Largemouth bass make up about 70 percent of the bass population in Nottely and support most of the fishery. If your goal is to catch a Nottely smallmouth, stay downlake near the dam. For bass fishing, Lake Nottely is known more for size than numbers.

Traditionally, the average largemouth bass caught will weigh more than 2 pounds, with spots lagging behind at about a pound each. Any largemouth even approaching the 10-pound range is going to be a fish of a lifetime, but there are good numbers of 2-to 4-pound fish and some more than 5 pounds. Like most mountain lakes, Nottely lacks the type of cover preferred by largemouths; wherever you can find it, you need to fish it thoroughly. The lake has several boat ramps, but access can be a problem during much of the year. Beginning in late summer, the lake is gradually drawn down 30 to 40 feet and is not usually back to full pool until mid-spring. At the height of the drawdown, finding a usable boat ramp may be a problem. Key species: largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, striped bass."

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Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot for a get-back-to-nature vacation or you’re in search of a great place to go bass fishing in North Georgia, Lake Nottely fills the bill for both. Located in the small mountain town of Blairsville, this 4,000 acre lake is both beautiful and peaceful. Not quite as crowded and less developed the better-known lakes in North Georgia, this is a gorgeous spot for all kinds of water-based recreation. You can take your own vessel (boat, canoe, kayak) or rent a pontoon boat from the Lake Nottely Marina. If you are an angler who wants to be in-the-know, consider booking a guided fishing trip to get insights from a local expert. There are plenty of cabins to rent in the area, as well as several campgrounds and a few motels, so you can easily turn a day at the lake into a long weekend or even longer getaway.

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Best way to fish: boat
Best March through October
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