Blue Ridge Lake Professional Review and Guide
"Located close to the meeting place of the Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina borders, Blue Ridge Lake is one of north Georgia’s mountain treasures and is arguably the best destination in the state for catching smallmouth bass. With a normal pool elevation of 1,687 feet, Blue Ridge is the highest major reservoir in northwest Georgia. Impounded in 1930 by damming the Toccoa River, a tributary of the Tennessee River, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) operates the reservoir for flood control and hydropower.
Blue Ridge is also the oldest major reservoir in northwest Georgia. Although Blue Ridge is a relatively small reservoir with 3,290 acres at full pool, it stretches over 12 miles and has about 100 miles of shoreline. With depths greater than 120 feet near the dam, Blue Ridge is also a deep lake. Blue Ridge has very little in the way of woody cover; instead the lake bottom composed of rock, shale, and sand. For the uninitiated, the lack of cover can make Blue Ridge a difficult lake to fish. Key species: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, white bass, bluegill."