From the sky, Javors Lucas Lake looks a little like a pointy-hatted witch on a sawed-off broomstick.
From the ground, the reservoir nestled just east of the Ocmulgee River and Interstate 75 in a fairly untraveled notch of southern Jones County might not catch your eye at all.
As close as it is to a major freeway, within about a mile at Northside and Riverside drives in Macon and just south of River North Country Club, the lake’s immediate terrain is not traversed by any high-traffic thoroughfares.
Which is just how folks who go fishing there must like it.
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The 626-acre lake, about a third the size of Lake Tobesofkee, has been open for fishing in recent years and has attracted plenty of regulars.
Thursday was opening day of this year’s fishing season at the lake, and by midday a dozen or so anglers had already passed through the front gate, located off Upper River Road.
The Macon Water Authority’s Gary McCoy, who is director of water treatment at the reservoir, said, “We get the word out, but it’s still somewhat of a hidden secret. If you go out there and look, you don’t have to deal with Jet Skis or anything like that.
“It’s an ideal place to go and fish.”
Last year, about 2,500 people fished there for bream, bass and catfish, according to the MWA.
In March and April, the lake will be open Thursday through Sunday.
In May and June, the lake will open Friday through Sunday. The lake closes in July and August and reopens in September.
The charge to fish is $5 per car for fishing from shore and $10 per boat.
To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.