Carters Lake offers fishermen plenty of opportunity with more than 3,200 surface acres of deep clear water, a 1,000 acre re-regulation pool and the Coosawattee River nearby.
Shoreline fishing locations are limited due to the steep shoreline terrain, but there are several locations with boat ramps at the Dam site, Doll Mountain, Woodring Branch, Ridgeway and the Reregulation Pool.
The lower lake can be accessed from a boat ramp near the Carters Powerhouse off Old Hwy 411. Reregulation pool conditions (water depth and surface acres) fluctuate based on powerhouse water discharge.
Swift water fishing in the Coosawattee River can be found below the reregulation dam. Two concrete fishing decks have been constructed along the river accessible from Old Hwy 411. Visitors to the north reregulation area can reserve a large group picnic shelter or use individual picnic tables. The south side fishing location has a hiking trail, a handicapped accessible ramp and picnic tables. Bathrooms are found in both riverside fishing areas.
An active annual fish stocking program by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources along with native fish found in the lake provide diversity for anglers. Fish species include bass (largemouth, smallmouth, hybrid, stripped, spotted) crappie, walleye, bream and catfish.
Special Activity/Event permits are required for all fishing tournaments held on the waters of Carters Lake. The permits are from $50-$75 depending on number of participants and require liability insurance for greater than 50 boats. To acquire a permit contact the Carters Lake Ranger Office at (706) 334-2248.