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Bartlett's Ferry (Harding)

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Bartlett's Ferry Reservoir (Lake Harding)

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Bartlett’s Ferry Reservoir (Lake Harding) is a Chattahoochee River impoundment located on the Alabama - Georgia state line, east of Opelika. The 5,860-acre reservoir was constructed by Georgia Power Company to provide hydroelectric power generation and recreation. Bartlett’s Ferry is not as well known, nor as heavily fished, as its upstream and downstream counterparts, West Point Lake and Lake Eufaula.

Both Alabama and Georgia fishing licenses are recognized for all waters of Bartlett’s Ferry Reservoir. The bass fishery is predominately largemouth bass but spotted bass are common, particularly in areas of flowing water. Largemouth bass exhibit good growth and many fish reach large size because bass anglers harvest few fish. Crappie are produced in good numbers and support a fine fishery, especially in the spring. Other species of angler interest are striped bass, white bass, shoal bass and channel catfish. Shoal bass are currently protected from harvest in Alabama.

Three public boat ramps and several marinas service the Alabama side of the lake. The public ramps are at the Chattahoochee Valley Recreation Park off Lee County Road 380, at Halawakee Creek on Lee County Road 379 and near Bartlett’s Ferry Dam on Lee County Road 334. County Road 334 also provides access to the Sandy Point Recreation Area. This recreation area provides boating access to Goat Rock Reservoir and bank access to the Bartlett’s Ferry Dam tailrace.

It is illegal to possess blueback herring Duane Raver's Blueback Herring courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama, including the Alabama portion of Bartlett's Ferry. Regulations designate legal capture methods for bait and specify additional species that may not be used for bait.

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Fishing license information may be found at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/license/. Instant licensing is available via the Internet (2% fee), via the telephone by calling 1-888-848-6887 ($3.95 fee), or at 900 vendors and probate offices in Alabama. All youth age 15 and younger fish for free.

Possession and creel limits for Alabama public waters are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/regulations/

Fishing quality for black bass at Lake Harding is assessed from bass club tournament results here. If you are a member of a bass club, please consider being a part of our Bass Angler Information Team. The Division uses information from clubs to help better manage your lakes for fishing.

State fish management information and Alabama reservoir location, size and elevation are listed at: www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/
Local Web sites have details about the lake, www.lakeharding.com/ and www.lakeharding.net.

The State of Georgia provides information on Bartlett's Ferry Lake. Bass fishing reports may be available at: www.wmi.org/bassfish/reports/alabama/ by searching with both "Harding" and "Bartletts Ferry."

The Crenshaw Guest House may be contacted via email at crenshaw-gh@mindspring.com

It shall be unlawful to intentionally stock or release any fish, mussel, snail, crayfish or their embryos including bait fish into the public waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries as provided in Rule 220-2-.42 except those waters from which it came without the written permission of a designated employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources authorized by the Director of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to issue such permit. The provisions of this rule shall not apply to the incidental release of bait into the water during the normal process of fishing.

The Fisheries Section’s District IV Supervisor can answer specific questions about Lake Harding by sending mail to Ken Weathers at: Ken.Weathers@dcnr.alabama.gov.

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