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This PFA is located on 444 acres southeast of Eastman in Georgia’s middle coastal plain. Gently rolling terrain surrounds the 104-acre lake containing mixed pine/hardwood stands, longleaf/wiregrass communities, planted pines and a mature hardwood bottom.
Georgia lakeGeneral Information - Coves, points, shallow creek channels, a small island and standing timber and submerged structures to attract fish characterize Steve Bell Lake.

The 104 acre lake is intensively managed to provide quality fishing. The peaceful surroundings provide an excellent setting for fishing and enjoying the outdoors with family or by yourself.Click here to view the guide. Coves, points, shallow creek channels, a small island and standing timber and submerged structures to attract fish characterize Steve Bell Lake.

The lake is intensively managed to provide quality fishing. The peaceful surroundings provide an excellent setting for fishing and enjoying the outdoors with family or by yourself.

Facility Amenities - BulletConcrete boat ramps Bullet Fishing pierBulletRestrooms & picnic tables Bullet Primitive camping BulletNature trail BulletMost facilities accessible to persons with disabilities
Major Fish Species and Fishing Tips
BulletLargemouth bassBullet Bluegill Bullet Redear sunfish (shellcracker) BulletChannel catfish

The standing timber, natural shoreline structure, riprap along the dam, and the roadbed that transects the lake just upstream of the ramp are good locations for bass. Generally in late winter and early spring, as water temperatures begin to warm, larger bass are caught using crank baits, jigs, plastic worms and lizards in 8-12 ft. deep water.

In early summer fish top-water lures or spinner baits in the mornings. In summer and fall try fishing for suspended bass in standing timber. As the water cools in late fall, fish will become active again and move to the banks. Small bass are caught all year casting small plastic worms in shallow, shoreline cover.

Standing timber, fish attractors, piers, docks and steep shorelines are good locations for crappie.

A good technique is casting or trolling jigs. Vertical jigging or using corks to fish a jig at a specific depth works well during the summer and early fall. Traditional chartreuse, white, yellow and black jigs work well.
Dodge County PFA Boat Ramp
Bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcrackers) like to spawn over sandy areas with hard bottoms. Successful anglers fish flat areas on both ends of dam, shoreline points, the island and fertilizer
platforms(orange & white markers) in late spring through early fall.

Fish earthworms and crickets on or near the bottom in 4-6 ft. Casting small lures, spinner baits and poppers along shorelines is also productive during the late spring and summer when the fish are more active.

For catfish, fish with liver, worms, mullet gut or prepared commercial bait. In the late spring concentrate near shoreline vegetation. During summer, fish on the bottom in 6-8 ft. of water or try fishing with a float and bait suspended 3-6 ft. deep in the standing timber or the rip-rap along the dam.

During the summer and early fall months, fish will concentrate in the upper 6-8 ft. of the water column, near the bottom in water to 8 feet, and suspended offshore to depths of 8 feet.
Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday, sunrise to sunset.

Regulations - Public fishing areas have special regulations that are posted on site as well as published in the Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations.

Anglers 16 years of age and older, except honorary license holders, must possess a current fishing license and a wildlife management area (WMA) license to fish.

An angler possessing a one-day fishing, sportsman's or lifetime license is not required to possess a WMA license.

Boat Ramp Operated by WRD in Dodge County
BulletRiver Basin: Ocmulgee - BulletLongitude: -83.13102 and Latitude: 32.15752 - BulletContact: 912-285-6094 Bullet Fee ChargedBulletBoat Ramps: 3 Lanes BulletCourtesy Dock: Handicap accessible Bullet Restrooms: Flush - handicap accessible Bullet Camping: Primitive Bullet Parking: Unpaved and handicap accessible Bullet Parking Capacity: 200
Dodge County Public Fishing Area Largemouth Bass Tagging Study
Largemouth bass have been tagged and released back into the Dodge County PFA Lake.
Information gained from this study will help biologists better manage the bass population in this lake. REWARDS will be given to individuals catching and releasing or keeping tagged bass (anglers must completely fill out envelope available at fish cleaning station).

BulletLargemouth bass have been tagged and released back into the Dodge County PFA Lake. BulletInformation gained from this study will help biologists better manage the bass population in this lake. Bullet REWARDS will be given to individuals catching and releasing or keeping tagged bass (anglers must completely fill out envelope available at fish cleaning station)

YOU Can Also Participate by Providing Bass Over 21” Long for Tagging
If you catch an untagged bass over 21” long and are interested in having it tagged:
BulletKeep fish in aerated livewell. BulletContact staff at office and they will measure, weigh, and tag fish. (Unfortunately, staff are not always at the office.)

If You Catch A Tagged Bass
If you plan to RELEASE the fish: Measure the fish to the nearest 1/8 inch (measuring boards provided at boat dock and fishing pier). Weigh fish, if possible. Read the tag number (tag number located next to “REWARD” on the tag). Please DO NOT remove the tag before releasing the fish. Rewards will be sent without having to include tag. Obtain a tag return envelope available at the fish cleaning station by the boat ramp. Fill out envelope completely and drop in adjacent box.

If you plan to KEEP the fish: Please measure fish (measuring boards provided at boat dock and fishing pier) and weigh fish (if possible) and fill out all information on tag return envelope available at fish cleaning station. Cut tag off and include it in return envelope.
Licensing
To help cover the costs of maintaining these great resources, visitors (ages 16-64) must have one of the following to access Public Fishing Areas except for Rocky Mountain PFA: Bullet3-day hunting/fishing license BulletWildlife Management Area license BulletSportsman's, Honorary or Lifetime license BulletGeorgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) BulletClick to purchase a GORP pass.
Contact, Directions & Website Link
Telephone: 478-374-6765 or 229-426-5272 - Directions From Eastman: US Hwy. S 23/341 for 3 miles; left on Dodge Lake Rd (County Rd. 49) for 0.6 miles to lake. Visit website for info
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