Carters Lake

Current Temperature:

Est Water Temperature:
66° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
30.47 (High)

Wind Speed:
South-East at 07 Knots (8 MPH)

Forecast   |   Trends

CatchTracker by FishingNotes
Get it now on the app store!
National Pro Reports

Georgia Reports

Carters Lake General Information
Welcome to Carters Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Carters Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!

Carters Lake embraces a spectacular tract of foothills scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Its sparkling waters and rugged shoreline provide a beautiful surrounding for a variety of recreational opportunities which include camping, fishing, picnicking, boating, mountain biking and hunting. Carters Lake has 3200 surface acres. Carters Lake is more than 450 feet deep. Carters Dam is the tallest earthen dam east of Mississippi river. Carters Lake shoreline has no private docks or development along 62 miles of natural shoreline. The lake is named after Farrish Carter who owned property nearby in the 1800s. [Carters Lake., 02/03/2008]


Inpoundment Type:

Surface Area (acres):

Lake Management:
Army Corps



Water Clarity:
0-1 ft

Water Temp Factors:

Maximum Depth (ft):

Normal Elevation (ft):

Boat Access:
Paved Ramps

Boat Limits:
No Restrictions

Carters Lake Pro Fishing Reports
Featured Guide

Guides - Promote your guide service to thousands of fellow anglers for free by joining the affiliate program. Click the link bellow for more details.
Carters Lake Community Fishing Reports
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 83
Wednesday July 7, 2011, Fly fishing for bream on Carters was very good this morning. I fished alone along the south shore west of the beach, across from the boat ramp and caught 35 nice keepers in a few hours. All fish caught were on a white popper with red and black spots.
Species: Walleye
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 51
"Carters Lake - On Wednesday (3/2), the water temperature was 51 degrees in the headwater shoals and the water color was muddy. Senior fisheries biologist, Jim Hakala, and his crew found large male walleyes ranging from 2 to 5 lbs concentrated primarily in 2 to 5-ft of water along the rocky shoal and he caught a few walleye in slightly deeper water on the rocky points downstream to the Big Island (see photo of Jim with two walleye). Jim said the density of walleye was the highest he has ever seen on Carters. Jim did not find any female walleye, which means the bulk of the population has yet to move upstream. Walleye fishing should improve substantially over the next two weeks. Ridgeway Boat Ramp is the closest ramp to these walleye honey holes. Anthony Rabern Senior Fisheries Biologist Georgia Department of Natural Resources Lake Burton Hatchery 3695 Highway 197 North Clarkesville, GA 30523 706/947-1507 (office)"
b aiken
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 84
Spotted Bass 8-6-09 I did not expect much
Carters Lake Largemouth Bass Fishing

[ Largemouth Bass Info ]
Carters Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
Click on Fish to Rate This Lake
Carters Lake Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
66 degrees in in the largemouth bass prime water temperature range and fishing should be good right now. Baitfish are much more active in this water temperature and the largemouth bass will be feeding aggressively throughout the day. This is a great time of year to be on the water.
Carters Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing

[ Smallmouth Bass Info ]
Carters Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
Click on Fish to Rate This Lake
Carters Lake Smallmouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Carters Lake Crappie Fishing

[ Crappie Info ]
Carters Lake Crappie Rating:
Click on Fish to Rate This Lake
Carters Lake Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Fall Fishing Tip provided by Guide Chatt Martin: One tactic is all you need. Trolling. Get a pink or black colored crankbait that gets down 8-12 feet (I like Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits), and put it 80-100 feet behind a boat and drive that boat around in 8-12 feet of water pretty slow. 1.2-1.8 miles per hour seems to be the blessed speed. You will catch crappies, and you'll be surprised how many. This is a great tactic when you don't have a fishfinder.
Carters Lake Catfish Fishing

[ Catfish Info ]
Carters Lake Catfish Rating:
Click on Fish to Rate This Lake
Carters Lake Catfish Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Carters Lake Spotted Bass Fishing

[ Spotted Bass Info ]
Carters Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
Click on Fish to Rate This Lake
Carters Lake Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
In the 66 degrees range, spotted bass are generally their most active at this water temperature. Baitfish are much more active in this water temperature and the spotted bass will be feeding aggressively throughout the day.
Carters Lake White Bass Fishing

[ White Bass Info ]
Carters Lake White Bass Rating:
Click on Fish to Rate This Lake
Carters Lake White Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Carters Lake Striped Bass Fishing

[ Striped Bass Info ]
Carters Lake Striped Bass Rating:
Click on Fish to Rate This Lake
Carters Lake Striped Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Striped Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

Carters Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
Full Moon fishing can be at its best. The gravitational pull on the earth is at its peak when the moon and sun are rising and setting at opposite times of the day. This combination can generate extraordinary fishing opportunities especially if combined with perfect weather variances. The full moon may have the fish extremely aggressive and actively hunting for food. Try fishing a little faster today and with several different baits and techniques. When fish are more aggressive, it?s always fun to fish a little more aggressive. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today's solar/lunar peaks. Full moon days can be great fishing. Good luck today!
08:25 EST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

18:25 EST

Carters Lake Links