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The South's Sleeper Lunker Lakes

Dodge County Public Fishing Area (PFA), Georgia

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: If you want to catch bigger bass than you’ve ever caught, then consider fishing secret spots. Most anglers know that if they can find the areas with little fishing pressure,Click to enlarge they’ll have better chances of locating and taking bigger bass than if they fish where everyone else fishes. We’ve investigated some overlooked hotspots that home secret big bass.

Source: Bert Deener, fisheries regional supervisor

The Scoop: Dodge County PFA, a man-made 104-acre lake with submerged structures and standing timber, opened to the public in 1992 near Godwinsville, had its first stocking in 1991 and has There’s a public boat-launch site 3-miles southeast of Eastman. A non-resident fishing license costs $24 per season, $7 for 7 days and $3.50 for 1 day plus a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) stamp for $73.00. Call 1-800-366-2661, or visit Click to

Lake Record: The biggest largemouth bass ever caught on this lake weighed 15-pounds, 8-ounces. The 2007 record bass weighed 14 pounds, 3 Click to enlargeounces.

When, Where and With What to Fish for a Big ‘Un: Fish the first week in February on the lake’s 8- to 12-foot-deep points, around the dam and in the southern half of the lake with 8- to 10-inch plastic worms, Texas-rigged, and medium-diving crankbaits.

Gear Tips: When worming and jigging, use a 7- to a 7-1/2-foot medium-heavy high-quality graphite rod with 14- to 17-pound-test Sufix monofilament line. Fish Sufix Elite line on medium-action rods for crankbaits.

PFAs often have special regulations, and you can learn more by calling 478-374-6765 or 229-426-5272.

Tomorrow: Caddo Lake, Louisiana

Check back each day this week for more about "The South's Sleeper Lunker Lakes"

Day 1: Lake Victor, Florida
Day 2: Dodge County Public Fishing Area (PFA), Georgia
Day 3: Caddo Lake, Louisiana
Day 4: Lake Bill Waller, Mississippi
Day 5: Lake Arrowhead, Texas


Entry 444, Day 2