Spring Run Will Be Here Before You Know It
Hybrids/Stripers should be showing up this month at the Dam
There are a number of different techniques for catching hybrid and striped bass in Georgia’s reservoirs and rivers. However, I will speak mainly to Lake Oconee as that is where I have the most experience.
One of the most productive methods used near the Wallace Dam area involves dropping live bait (either bass minnows or preferably shad) straight down on a Carolina rig and slow trolling with trolling motor over the humps and down the buoy line at different depths.
I have personally used that method, but have caught many more on artificials like you see to the left. These include flex spoons, popping corks with thing poppers on top for schooling fish, and umbrella or Alabama rigs. Umbrella rigs are usually trolled to find some schools of fish while Alabama rigs are cast like flex spoons.
Flex spoons are especially effective fishing humps in the lake off points with quick, deep drop-offs near the Oconee River channel. These spoons should be dropped to the bottom and fished much like you would a plastic worm. Up, down, up, down, repeat.
Another lure for schooling hybrids is the age-old rooster tail (I like the white on white color). Truth be told, you can throw anything shiny into a school and they will hit it most times.