Goat Rock Lake
Located between Lakes Harding and Oliver on the Chattahoochee River chain, tiny Goat Rock Lake is a mere afterthought for many hard-core bass fishermen. With only 940 surface acres and 25 miles of shoreline, the lake, with its scenic rock bluffs and grass-covered sandbars, has been easy to overlook. As a result, it has remained a hidden gem for many years. “There are more big fish caught per acre in this lake than in any lake I know of,” says Richard Pair Sr., who fishes Goat Rock Lake on a regular basis. “The lake is small and it has a constant flow that keeps the water temperature a little lower than you’ll find on bigger lakes.” Pair’s claims are backed by the weigh-in results from the weekly pot tournaments held at Goat Rock each spring and summer. For the past five years, at least one nine-pound largemouth has been brought to the scales, and fish in the six- to seven-pound range no longer even turn heads. A 14-pound, 3-ounce largemouth caught by Gary Brannon on March 13, 1990, is recognized as the lake record at Goat Rock. Contact: Georgia Department of Natural Resources (404-656-3500).