Clayton reservoirs to open for fishing season

Fishing season at various Clayton County Water Authority reservoirs opens in March, officials said.

Clayton County residents will pay $5 per vehicle, or $30 for a season pass. Non-county residents pay $10 per vehicle, or $40 for a season pass. Authority Spokeswoman Suzanne Brown said season passes are sold at the entrance offices of the Shamrock/Blalock and J.W. Smith reservoirs, when staff is available.

The passes are good through the month of October.

When staff is not present, Brown said, temporary forms are available.

"Temporary season pass forms are also available at the pay station areas when the CCWA staff is not present," she said. "These temporary season pass forms may be filled out and deposited with payment. The season pass will then be mailed to the individual."

The Shamrock/Blalock Reservoirs are at 2610 Shamrock Road off Freeman Road in Jonesboro. They open for the season Thursday, March 1. They are open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, from 7 a.m., to 8 p.m.

The Blalock Reservoir opened its 260 acres in 1992, and is adjacent to Shamrock Reservoir. Fishing enthusiasts have snagged bass as large as 8 pounds from the Blalock lake.

The 68-acre Shamrock lake was built in the 1950s, and also contains bass. However, the lake is better known as a home to bream and channel catfish. The state record bluegill, 3 pounds, 5 ounces, was caught there by P. F. Gumm in 1977.

The J.W. Smith Reservoir at 143 Northbridge Road, in Hampton, opens for the season Saturday, March 3. The 250-acre lake is open to the public Saturdays through Wednesdays, from 7 a.m., to 8 p.m. The lake is home to bass, bream and channel catfish, Brown said.

Clayton County residents with seasons passes to the authority’s reservoirs, she said, will also have the opportunity to enjoy fishing at the Shoal Creek Reservoir. The reservoir will be open for public fishing on six weekends throughout the season. The dates include: March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28, May 5, May 19, and June 2.

Fishing at Shoal Creek is limited to Clayton County residents, who are season-pass holders. Only boat fishing is allowed. Fishing is not allowed from the bank.

Regulations for the reservoirs are posted on the authority’s web site. For more information on the reservoirs, visit www.ccwa.us, or call (770) 603-5605.