Lovewell Reservoir Fishing Information
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, Location|
|Walleye||Fair||16-25 inches||Best numbers are often found along the north shore points from Cabin Point east to Walleye Point. Good numbers can also be found along the mid-lake river channel. Fishing with jigs and crawlers or jigs and minnows often works best but trolling spoons and cranks through these areas can also produce good results. Be sure to handle all sublegal fish with care so they can be released and allowed to be caught again.|
|White Bass/Wipers||Fair|| |
|Anglers often find the best numbers around the Oak Hill area and off the north shore points. Wiper numbers are often best off Walleye Point in 20-25 feet of water and off Cedar Point. Trolling cranks or casting slab spoons, roadrunners, and Rattletraps are all good lures to try for some fall whites and wipers.|
|Crappie||Fair to Good||8-14 inches||Crappie can be found around the brush piles and Georgia Cube structures throughout the winter and will get easier to catch as the water temperatures cool. Typically minnows fished on a Texas rig work best in 15 to 20 feet of water. Anglers will often find schools of crappie hanging near river channel drops on the lower end of the reservoir in 20 feet of water. The fish move in shallow in the evenings and good numbers can be found around Cedar Point, the marina, and Cabin Point throughout the fall.|
|Catfish||Slow||16 to 35 inches|| |
Anglers can find catfish lakewide and they should be fairly easy to catch throughout the winter. Best baits to use in the winter include stinkbait, shad gizzards, shad sides, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.
Remember there is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish in Lovewell. All blue catfish less than 35 inches must be released immediately.
There has been some ice formation on the reservoir but there is currently no safe ice to fish! If safe ice does form this winter, it will be included in this fishing report. Check back for updates.
Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell. Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information. More Georgia Cubes were added in April 2020!
Current water temperature: 35°F Current water level: 1.3 feet below conservation pool
Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
|Largemouth Bass||5*||15 inches|
|Blue Catfish||5||35 inches|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination