Nestled on 444 acres of beautiful longleaf/wiregrass and pinewood/hardwood stands in Georgia’s middle coastal plains, sits the Dodge County Public Fishing Area (PFA). Known for producing sizeable largemouth bass, the PFA certainly has a lot to offer those who wish to fish the well-stocked waters.


Open year round, sunrise to sunset, this PFA offers anglers the 104-acre Steve Bell Lake stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and redear sunfish. Meticulously managed by the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, the lake offers plenty of channels, coves, and submerged structures to allow every angler to find their choice spot. The PFA provides concrete boat ramps and fishing piers to allow visitors to take advantage of every inch of the lake.

The Dodge County PFA also hosts a yearly children’s fishing rodeo sponsored by the Dodge County Sportsman Club and the Bobberthon Fishing Tournament. Along with fishing amenities, facilities also include picnic tables, primitive camping, nature trails, group shelters, and an archery range—most of these facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.

The largemouth bass the lake is known for are most likely to be caught in 8-12 feet deep water in the winter and early spring using crank baits. As it warms up in the summer and fall, the larger bass are more likely to be caught in the timber stands. I myself, though a novice angler, have still managed to catch largemouth bass throughout the year using the tips they provide in their guide. And even if you don’t catch a trophy bass, you can still appreciate the relaxing lake setting and the opportunity to spend time in the outdoors.


If you’re with the family or by yourself, the Dodge County Public Fishing Area provides everyone with beautiful scenery to enjoy fishing and nature. Go Fish Georgia!

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