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Lake Oconee fishing report

Ok, you've been wondering when I'd actually get to some real life fishing reports, so here goes with my first attempt.  I'm staying very close to home with this Lake Oconee, GA fishing report from the Georgia-Florida Fishing Report

Most would agree that it's a great time to be catfishing at night as the Lake is full and the water temperatures are in the mid 80's.  The best reports I'm getting are from a young man who truly has a fishin' addiction, especially for catfish.  His name is Locklin Bray and he can flat put you on some giant Lake Oconee catfish.

Most of his reports have come from the Sugar Creek area lately as that's where the big 'uns have been hanging out.  His latest big flathead came off a live bream and weighed in at a hefty 35 lbs.  

A throw net is a must as live bait seems to be the go-getter at this time.  We were able to procure enough live bait with just a few casts of the net on the east side of the bridge on the rip-rap at the mouth of Sugar Creek.  However, cut bait will also work extremely well. Cut bream chunks, cut shad, and other cut baits can be used when your live bait begins dying.

You'll need a stout rig with at least 17 pound test line and a 1-2 oz egg sinker and a good strong hook.  These are simple Carolina rigs with a sinker above a fluorocarbon leader.  He's actually been using steel leader (even though some say it doesn't work) due to the fact that several larger catfish have rubbed the leader against the metal parts of the pontoons and broken off.

His latest trip with my son, Brett, yielded 15 catfish that filled up a fairly large cooler.  There ain't nothin' finer than southern fried catfish, hushpuppies, and fries.  

I don't really know much about the crappie or hybrid fishing at this time as my reporters have been slacking off and I've been in the hospital for the past 2 craziest weeks of my life getting a new kidney.  Stay tuned.

I usually don't report on the largemouth fishing as there are so many websites out there that cover the largemouth fishing and most of my fishing buddies are into the catfishing, crappie and hybrid/striper fishing at Lake Oconee

Get out there and catch a big 'un

Coach


LAKE OCONEE IS FULL, MID 80’S DEGREES

Bass fishing is fair to good. The lake is full and stained up the rivers clear on the south end. The water temperature is 76 to 82 degrees. Use a #7 Shad Rap around docks in the mouths of the creeks and large coves. Contact the dock polls and fish under the docks. Look for docks in 8 plus feet of water. A shaky head with a small green worm fished under the same docks. The water is cooling every day and the fish are moving into the coves and creeks. Start on the outside of creeks and work your way to the back. Some fish are still on the humps on the south end of the lake. Use a large crank bait and work the bait off of the hump into the deeper water. 

Line side fishing report by Mark Smith of Reel Time guide service. reeltime@bellsouth.net phone: 404 803 0741

Striper and hybrid fishing is poor. Some fish are still on the mid lake humps and will feed when Georgia Power is pulling water. Trolling Shad Raps and Rat L Traps is a good way to catch these fish. There is an early morning spoon bite at the dam when Georgia Power is pumping water back into the lake.

Crappie fishing is good. The fish are in deep water brush piles and tree tops. Look in the submerged timber with your Lowrance and locate the schools in the trees. When you find the fish drop you live shad down to the schools. As the water cools the fish are starting to move into the mouths of the creeks.

Make sure you stop by Sugar Creek Marina and pick up your spoons and all your tackle needs. You can also book your crappie and striper trips with Reel Time Service at 404 803 0741 orreeltime@bellsouth.net. Learn how to use the Lowrance technology with Ken Sturdivant. Free sonar set up ken@southernfishing.com


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