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The Macon Water Authority (MWA) provides opportunities for outdoor recreation and public education at its facilities, including access to Javors Lucas Lake for fishing and boating with non-gas-powered trolling motors.

2023 Public Fishing Season Schedule

  • Beginning Sunday March 5, and extending through Sunday April 30, Javors Lucas Lake will be open for fishing three days per week on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • From Friday May 5, through Sunday June 25, Javors Lucas Lake will be open for fishing the same three days per week on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, but from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Note: Fishing will NOT be available on Monday May 29, 2023 for the Memorial Day Holiday.

  • Javors Lucas Lake will be closed for public fishing during the months of July and August, but will re-open on Saturday Sept. 2, 2023.

Note: Javors Lucas Lake will NOT be open on Independence Day (Tuesday July 4, 2023) nor on Labor Day (Monday Sept. 4, 2023).

  • From Saturday Sept. 2, through Sunday Oct. 29, Javors Lucas Lake will re-open, but for two days per week on Saturdays and Sundays, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Oct. 29, 2023 will be the last day of public fishing at Javors Lucas Lake this year.
  • Javors Lucas Lake will be closed for public fishing and boating during the months of November and December of 2023, as well as January and February of 2024.

Note: the MWA reserves the right to close Javors Lucas Lake on a scheduled fishing day, in the event of maintenance, inclement weather, natural disaster, system emergency, or for any other reason. You can always call the MWA Reservoirs Office for more information at 478-464-5650.

The 2023 MWA Kids Fishing Derby

The 2023 MWA Kids Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday March 4, 2023, at Javors Lucas Lake — the Authority’s 581-acre drinking water reservoir. The free event is open to children and youth from the ages of 3 to 16. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in four age group categories, as well as a grand prize for biggest catch of the day. Becuase of the March date of the event, Javors Lucas Lake will be stocked with trout for the young anglers to catch.

Registration for the MWA Kids Fishing opens at 6:00 a.m., with the tournament starting at 7:00 a.m. The weigh-in of the best catches of the day begins at 10:00 a.m. Refreshment will be provided, but you must bring your own bait and tackle.

For more information, check out the 2023 MWA Kids Fishing Derby Flyer here.

Dedicated in Honor of Mr. Javors J. Lucas

Javors Lucas Lake was dedicated in November of 2006 to honor the late MWA Board Member, Javors J. Lucas. Mr. Lucas served the MWA and the citizens of District 2 in Macon-Bibb County for 36 years.

Fishing Derbies and Group Events

When the COVID-19 pandemic or other restrictions are not in effect, fishing tournaments are welcomed at Javors Lucas Lake, which is an ideal setting for area groups or organizations to host special events.

However, those with groups fishing during a scheduled tournament must adhere to all rules and regulations governing the use of Javors Lucas Lake and Georgia Public Waters (provided in the “Rules and Regulations” link below). Any groups requesting that Javors Lucas Lake open early for scheduled events must coordinate those logistics and pay for the security necessary to accommodate such a request.

For More Information:

For details on MWA public fishing rates, rules and regulations, and directions to Javors Lucas Lake, please contact:

Gary J. McCoy, MWA Director of Water Operations

Amerson Water Plant/Fishing Season

Phone: 478-464-5650



For more information on fishing at Javors Lucas Lake, Call 478-464-5650.