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June 2015

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Welcome to Carter’s Lake Guide Service! Fishing adventures on beautiful north Georgia’s Carter’s Lake are an exceptionally fun and rewarding experience for those looking for fun things to do in north Georgia, and right now is a great time to get on some of the year’s best fishing.

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We offer some of the best spotted bass fishing in the southeast and mix in other species such as hybrid bass, walleye, catfish, and panfish to keep your lines tight and your rods bent! But the real trophies of our waters are the huge striped bass that live here, and you can catch them all 12 months a year.

We are the only full-time guide service on Carter’s Lake, and run trips nearly every day, all year long. Carter’s Lake is located in the Chattahoochee National Forrest and has no residential docks along its shores. You truly feel as though you’re far off in the remote wilderness, yet we are just a short drive from either Atlanta or Chattanooga. Our schedule fills up quickly, so if you’re thinking about a fishing trip, send a Booking Request to hold your seat!


Family Trips

Taking families out on the water is one of our most favorite kinds of trips. We can accommodate any skill level, from ‘never held a fishing rod’ to avid tournament angler, and will tailor the trip to suit your skill level and interests. For those with limited experience or abilities, we will use mix of live bait and artificial lures so that all you have to do is reel them to the boat! For those father-n-son teams with a little more fishing experience, we will include more advanced techniques to target the big trophy fish that can be found here.

Recent Striper Catches

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Corporate Trips

A few years ago we started promoting corporate fishing trips, and they have been a tremendous success. Our clients tell us that using Carter’s Lake Guide Service for corporate entertainment made it easier to control expenses or the day, and found fishing trips to be more enjoyable and more appropriate for face-to-face conversation. The “no skill necessary”-atmosphere of our fishing trips puts minds at ease and lets people truly enjoy the day. We have multiple boats, and can reach into a broad network of some of the area’s top fishing guides, so no matter what the group size, we will put you with the best guides on the best water. To get started, visit our Booking Page here.

Recent Spotted Bass Catches

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For you Serious Fishermen, Fisherwomen…

Louie Bartenfield, founder and owner of Carter’s Lake Guide Service has been an avid tournament angler for over 20 years, and has worked with the industry’s top pros and experts to hone his skills as contemporary professional angler. Carter’s Lake Guide Service can help serious fishermen with an array of topics to help you improve your game, including full-day trips on sonar and electronics, strategy and planning, vertical fishing techniques, power vs finesse fishing techniques, reading water and adapting to conditions, and much more. Call Louie today to discuss how you would like to improve your game: 706-218-6609

Recent Fish Allatoona Catches

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Allatoona’s Great Fishing

For those a little closer to Atlanta, we offer guided fishing trips with partner guide company Fish Allatoona. Allatoona offers a little variety for our clients, such as EXCELLENT crappie and white bass fishing , as well as big striper, spotted, and largemouth bass. Allatoona has long held a reputation as being a tough lake for fishing, but not anymore! The numbers of fishing being caught from here have improved dramatically, and it can be a ton of fun and just a short drive from Atlanta. Contact us for more information on Fish Allatoona Guide Service.

Give the Gift of Fishing

Guided fishing trips make a great gift, and throughout the year, we do many trips for special occasions, such as birthdays, retirement, bachelor parties, or whatever special event you’d like to celebrate. Click here for more information on gift certificates.


Good luck out there,


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Give the Gift of Fishing!

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Bring all your Friends!

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Most of my trips are run in my Carolina Skiff. If you prefer to fish from a bass boat, we can use my Triton TR21.

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