Lake Harding Ga

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Any angler in West Georgia loves the lakes managed by Georgia Power, such as Goat Rock Lake, West Point Lake, Lake Oliver, and Lake Harding. These locations offer great hiking, picnicking, boating, and fishing facilities for a fun day out.

Lake Harding stands out, particularly as a popular fishing destination for West Georgians. Loved by residents, this lake is home to a beautiful stock of bass, catfish, and more. Lake Harding fishing is not something you should miss while in West Georgia.

Besides Lake Harding, we’ve also looked into a few other great angling locations nearby to help give you the best angling experience.

Lake Harding (Bartlett’s Ferry Lake)

Formed by the Bartlett’s Ferry Dam, Lake Harding sits inside Georgia’s Harris County, sharing some of itself with Alabama. The lake is now owned by Georgia Power, initially built by the Columbus Power Company to generate hydroelectric power.

Measuring 5,860 acres, Lake Harding features a stock of lucrative game fish, namely: shoal bass, white bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, white crappie, black crappie, redear sunfish, longear sunfish, bluegill, and yellow perch. Lake Harding is also called Bartlett’s Ferry Lake, and one major tributary of it is Halawakee Creek.

Bartlett’s Ferry Lake is one of the few impoundments you can catch shoal bass in the region. To catch these fish, local anglers around Lake Harding know to take specialized jet boats to reach the creeks off the main lake, where most fish are caught quickly.

At Bartlett’s Ferry Lake, you will have access to several public boat ramps, including but not limited to the Blanton Creek boat ramp, Blands Landing, Chattahoochee Valley Recreational Park, and the Idle Hour Park.

Additionally, you can launch canoes and kayaks from areas with shoreline fishing access. This can be done through the more than 150 miles of well-developed shoreline, along which you will find boat docks and brush, both favorite spots for baitfish and fish to hang out. Small craft can be launched from shoreline access fishing areas with Canoes, Kayaks, and other small craft.

If you like exploring, you can visit Huston’s Island, where the ruins of an old lake house sit. And if you feel like camping after a long day of fishing at Bartlett’s Ferry Lake, there are enough grounds in both Georgia and Alabama!

You will need a Georgia fishing license to fish at Lake Harding, but an AL fishing license is also accepted.

Top Targeted Fish Species

Northern Largemouth bass in Lake Oliver
Northern Bass
Shoal Bass in Lake Harding

Shoal Bass

Spotted Bass

Spotted Bass

Hybrid Striped Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
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West Point Lake

Local Residents fishing West Point lake for fish

Located 35.5 miles away from Lake Harding, West Point Lake covers a 35-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between West Point, GA, and Franklin, GA. This is a popular recreational area that is a great spot to fish, bike, boat, and even camp.

This manufactured reservoir spans 26,000 acres, offering various fishing options from the dock or a boat. Despite being just a 21m deep lake, it’s brimming with fish: the amounts of largemouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass, white bass, and crappie, this lake is enough to make any angler happy.Here, boats can be launched from several places, including the Dewberry Ramp, the Clark Recreation Area Boat Ramp, Earl Cook, Long Cane, Glass Bridge, Ringer Access, White Water Access, etc.

There are numerous facilities available at West Point Lake; contact us here.

Goat Rock Lake

Goat Rock Lake · Georgia- The Goat Rock Recreation AreaSpanning 940 acres, the Goat Rock Lake is located on the Chattahoochee River, 10 miles above Columbus. Stretching across the Georgia-Alabama border, this lake contains several popular species like the striped bass, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, crappie, blue catfish, flathead catfish, channel catfish, and bluegill. Due to its relatively small size and its hydroelectric dams, Goat Rock Lake is known to have a constant current, which many anglers believe gives their spotted and largemouth bass a bigger fight than others of their species.

Goat Rock Marina is the best place to access Goat Rock Lake, offering free public access. However, you will have to pay a small fee for parking your vehicle there. As for licenses, both Georgia and Alabama fishing licenses can be used, as mentioned before, here.

Lake Oliver

Lake Oliver is formed by a dam responsible for producing enough hydroelectric power for over 22,000 homes in Georgia annually. Only half an hour away from Lake Harding and sandwiched between Phenix City, AL, and Columbus, GA. This 2,150-acre long lake is a popular destination for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Especially during the summer, the lake attracts many recreational boaters.

The most popular catches at Lake Oliver are crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and redear sunfish. The Lake Oliver Marina, which offers anglers easy access to this treasure, can be found at 5501 River Road, Columbus.

Final Words

Don’t miss out on Lake Harding fishing in West Georgia because you’ll regret it. Remember to have your GA or AL fishing license handy, and you’ll be good on Lake Harding to go!

Lake Harding Reviews

Family fishing trip

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Our relatives moved near there last year and we had a get together. Took a fishing trip and caught really nice crappie fishing and good times. The lake is very peaceful and quiet this time of the year great for spring fishing. We really enjoyed our time here and will come back again in the summer!
- Bass Crazy

Beautiful Summer views

Lake Harding
Lake Harding offers great fishing, boating and views most of the year. There are boat landings and one restaurant (Docks) which I hope reopens soon. This is a great place to family fun.
- Tina C

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We did a four hour fishing trip and boat ride on Lake Harding on Saturday. What we saw of the lake was clean and beautiful. We caught several fish, mutable species and then ate then at Docks.
- Tom Explore
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