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Located in Laurens County, the PFA has a large 109-acre lake surrounded by 640 acres of gently rolling terrain with a mixture of longleaf pine/wiregrass communities, planted pines and scattered hardwoods.
Facilties: BulletConcrete boat rampBulletfishing pierBulletrestroomsBulletpicnic tablesBulletFish cleaning station to persons with disabilities - Water: 109 acre lake. Visit Hugh Gillis PFA for an excellent setting for picnicking and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.
Major Fish Species and Fishing Tips
BulletLargemouth bassBullet bluegillBullet redear sunfishBullet channel catfishBullet crappie
The lake is intensively managed to provide excellent fishing for both boat and bank anglers and has numerous coves, points, submerged humps and standing timber to attract fish.

Spring and fall bass tactics include working top water plugs, rattletraps, crank baits and spinner baits around shoreline structure. During lake blooms, rattletraps can produce reaction strikes due to limited site distance.

As weather warms, plastic worms, jigs, and flukes will lure fish off 4-6 ft. ledges surrounding the lake and flooded timber left during construction of the lake. As weather cools, bass will move to deeper water.
Try using medium diving crank baits around points and humps. Main drop-offs are located between the two fingers of the lake descending down towards the left of the dam and in front of the dam on the west side. An old construction road leads to the mouth of a borrow pit on both sides. The borrow pit (right of the dam) holds fish around artificial fish attractors. Anglers should target the sandy ridge that runs along the eastside across from the main boat ramp. Other good areas to fish are near the rock outcroppings, railroad culverts, earthened berms, fishing piers and fallen timber.

Crappie fishing is strong in early spring and fall. As the lake cools, trolling jigs in deeper channels on the lower half of the lake is productive Fishing live minnows around flooded timber and fish attractors is also productive.
Hugh M Gillis Public Fishing Area
As the water warms, crappie will move into more shallow water. Trolling jigs at 4-6 ft. and fishing minnows around the shoreline structure can put a limit of crappie in your boat. Suspend crickets or worms at 5-6 ft. around ledges and drop-offs from April to October when targeting bluegill. November to March produce nice bluegill fishing in depths of 7-10 ft..

Shellcrackers are caught using worms at 5-7 ft. near drop-offs. From April to May, present worms to bedding fish on sandy points and humps along shoreline. The “trophy” flier bite is strong from November to February. Catfish are caught from May to October by suspending cut bait or worms at 6-9 ft. From November to April, cut bait or worms will land more catfish on the bottom in the deeper areas of the lake.

Hours: Open year-round, Wednesday through Sunday from 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.

For more info, see Georgia PFA Info and Regulations page.

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 or BulletGeorgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) - Purchase a GORP pass.
Contact and Directions
Telephone: 478-296-6192 or 912-685-6424 - Directions From East Dublin: Travel 10 miles East on U.S. Hwy 80. Left (NW) on Keens Crossing Rd for 1.4 miles, entrance is on the right.
From Adrian:
Travel 7.4 miles W on U.S. Hwy 80. Right (NW) on Keens Crossing Road for 1.4 miles, entrance is on the right.
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