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Old 03-30-05, 01:45 PM   #1
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Question George L. Smith State Park

Anyone ever fish there?

I'll be driving back to Atlanta from Darien and passing that area. I noticed that the park rents boats and canoes. Any info on the lake/pond or surrounding area would be appreciated.

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Old 04-01-05, 11:56 AM   #2
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Hey Hook -

I fished it several years ago when I was working in Metter for a few days.
Beautiful lake - and they do rent jons and canoes. Get a canoe and poke around. I used poppers on a 5 wt and had no luck, but it sure was puuuurty.

It was mid-June when I tried it. Definitely worth looking at again.
There are lots of big cypress trees growing in the water, lots of good looking bass cover. It's very much like a bayou. Good luck - it sure looks like good bass water.

Let us know how you do.

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Old 04-01-05, 08:34 PM   #3
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It does look very fishy with cypress trees growing up throughout the lake. Fished about an hour with one crappie and a couple of strikes. The lake water was high and the park service was relaeasing water in front of today's rain. It seemed like everything was hunkered down. Saw several tail slaps but very intermittant. Canoes, john boats and pedal boats available. DNR sais that crappie have been active in the spillway below the dam.

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Old 04-01-05, 09:29 PM   #4
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I grew up 10 miles away in Metter and visited each year for church functions and such. I've caught a lot of bream and a few nice bass there. A guy I worked with later on fished there regularly and said that there was a creek that runs into the lake in the back part where you can catch redbreast. (If you've never caught a redbreast, let me say they're the hardest fightin little fish you'll ever lay a hook into). Anyway, I'd highly recommend fishing it. Even if you don't get a bite, it's one of those peaceful beautiful places you'll enjoy no matter what. (Of course if you really lay into the fish, you may never leave!)
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