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This PFA is on 1,351 gently rolling acres. 60 lakes totaling 525 acres, provides excellent boat and bank fishing. Over 350 acres of water are intensively managed for fishing.
General Information - Heavily forested with pine plantations and small communities of longleaf pine-wiregrass, a variety of waterfowl and birds of prey are frequently seen on the area, such as the Canada goose, mallard, wood duck, red-tailed hawk and the majestic bald eagle. Paradise PFA offers a relaxed setting, ideal for both families and individual anglers alike.

Facilities BulletConcrete boat ramps BulletTent camping BulletNature trails BulletRestroomsBullet Picnic areaBullet Group camping (call for details) BulletSome facilities accessible BulletFishing piers, boat docks, angler to persons with disabilities trails & fish cleaning station

Open Sunday through Wednesday from sunrise to sunset. Printable Paradise PFA map.
Major Fish Species and Fishing Tips
Major Fish Species: BulletLargemouth bass BulletCrappie BulletBluegill Bullet Redear sunfish (shellcracker) and BulletChannel catfish

Fishing Tips
Paradise PFA has a variety of lakes offering anglers a wide selection of fishing opportunities. Lake Patrick (112-acres) is the largest lake at Paradise PFA. Bank anglers can fish from three piers located in the picnic area or from many other locations along the shoreline. A double boat ramp and floating dock offers boat anglers one of nine locations to launch a boat.

Lake Patrick is known for producing exceptional catches of bass, bream, and crappie. The north end offers the best cover and is a good location for catching bass in early spring. Anglers have done well fishing Carolina rigged plastic worms and also green lizards around points and behind the many small islands.

Fishing for bluegill and redear is also very good. The lake has many sandy locations that are perfect for attracting bream during the spawn. Bedding bluegill and redear will offer an angler the chance to catch bigger than hand-size bream from March thru June.
Crappie fishing usually is excellent in late fall and early spring. Largest crappie are normally caught in September and October. Using 1/32 to 1/16 oz. float–rigged jigs can produce good catches of crappie as well as several other lakes on the area. (refer to the Lake Chart posted at informational Kiosks on the area).

The remaining 413 acres of fishable water are also popular for bass, bream and crappie and offer excellent fish habitats that can be easily accessed from the bank or by boat. Lake Tacklebuster named for its heavy cover and big bass reputation offers anglers a smaller lake with some of the same traits as Lake Patrick. Fishing heavy primrose mats and off points in Tacklebuster can produce large bass in March, April and May. Good populations of crappie and bluegill are also present in Lake Tacklebuster. Channel catfish are stocked in most lakes at Paradise PFA, but Lakes Horseshoe 1 and 2 are stocked heavily and fed daily.

Although many of the other lakes have channel catfish, these lakes provide some of the best catfishing on the area. This is just a small taste of the diverse fishing opportunities awaiting anglers at the largest and one of the most scenic PFAs in Georgia.*Live fish cannot be used for bait at Paradise PFA.
Paradise Public Fishing Area
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. Call for more information.

Waterfowl hunting opportunities available at this PFA. 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)
Paradise PFA Fish by Lake
Beaver Lake - 14.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Bird Lake - 2.2 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Bobben Lake - 61.1 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Bonnie Lake - 0.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Boot's Lake - 1.9 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Bowl Lake - 2.9 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Bullet Lake - 0.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Charles Lake - 5.3 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Cindy Lake - 0.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Cup Lake - 1.3 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
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Cypress Lake - 5.5 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Duck Lake - 23 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Eagle Lake - 0.6 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Foot Lake - 1.7 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Gator Swamp - 21.1 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
George Lake - 1.1 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Georgia Lake - .3 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Grebe Hole Lake - 0.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Henry Lake - 3.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Heron Lake - 5.2 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Horseshoe1 Lake - 2.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Horseshoe2 Lake - 8 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Horseshoe3 Lake - 16.5 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Horseshoe4 Lake - 34.9 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Horseshoe5 Lake - 28.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Horseshoe6 Lake - 3.1 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Jeff's Lake - 0.3 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Kathy Lake - 6.7 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Kingfisher Lake - 0.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Leslie Lake - 0.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Little Beaver Lake - 1.7 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Loreley Lake - 0.6 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Lower Canal Lake - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Mallard's Rest Lake - 3.9 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Noah's Ark Lake - 4.1 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Osprey Ponds Lake - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Patrick Lake - 112 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Pine Lake - 2.5 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Racoon Lake - 1.6 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Russell Lake
- 28.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Saucer Lake - 2.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Swan Lake - 2.4 Acres - v Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Tacklebuster Lake - 17 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Trestle Lake - 14.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Upper Canal Lake - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish & Black Crappie
Windy Lake - 1.5 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Winn Lake - 0.5 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Woodie Lake - 2.4 Acres - Fish: Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill & Channel Catfish
Paradise PFA Waterfowl
Contact and Directions
Phone: 229-533-4792 or 912-285-6094 - Contact: Georgia DNR - Wildlife Resources Div. - Fisheries Section, 2070 U.S. Hwy 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Directions From Tifton: Travel East 8 miles on Hwy. 82 to Brookfield. Turn right on Whitley Rd. and follow signs from Hwy. 82 to the area. The entrance to the area is located on the Brookfield-Nashville Rd. approximately 1.5 miles from Brookfield.
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