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."