Use the #7 Fat Free Shad, Poe’s 400, Mann’s 20 Plus and a Norman DD22. Before the storms, the fishing was good. Early or late in the day is always the best bite. Target the Little River arm or major points in the lower third of the lake. LAKE OCONEE IS FULL, 58 DEGREES, STAINED . Last year this started around the second week in April. April 29, 2009. The 19,050 acre reservoir is operated by Georgia Power Company with Lake Sinclair as a pump storage (pump back) hydropower generation facility. Traditional Spawning Time: In Southern Reservoirs such as Beaver Lake, gizzard shad begin spawning in mid-April and continue through May. The morning bite has been awesome, live shad downlined close to the bottom has been the ticket! Capt. Water Temp 65. This unique operation in combination with the lake’s long, narrow shape produces not Clarks Hill Lake: Clarks Hill is annually stocked and has an abundant baitfish population, including threadfin shad, gizzard shad and blueback herring. Lake Oconee hybrid fishing has been nothing shy of great! Lake Oconee is located mainly in Greene County, near the towns of Madison and Greensboro. A striped fish’s favorite food on Lake Oconee is the “shad”, a bait fish that roams the lake in schools as the striped fish do. Use a 1/4 ounce Strike King jig in the black and blue or black and chartreuse with a Zoom Super chunk in watermelon seed color, which will slow the baits decent. C. crappiefool Member. It's not that hard to catch if you have a bait light and a cast net...and its free less the cost of the bait light and cast net, bait tank..and on and on and on! Dustin Pate Administrator. This comes with properly sized jigs for bodies so this scented bait comes ready to fish. Largemouth bass fishing is slow to bite due to cold weather. The drawdown is entirely weather dependent and Covid-19 status and conditions could change at any time. Set Hooks & Jugs. I have never tried to net bait on oconee before. First the shad spawn, this is when the baitfish will move shallow at first light. Technique - During spawning runs, use little George's, rooster tails, small lipless crankbaits, white, green, yellow and chartreuse 2-inch curly tail grubs, in-line spinners, and live minnows and small shad. At Lake Oconee the crappie will move back to the underwater trees and brushpiles and in Lake Sinclair they will move back to channel ledges with stumps or man-made brushpiles. We have been running through over 130 baits in just a few hrs averaging 25-30+ hybrids a morning! The lake is holding at full pool. May 2, 2016 Todd Lowe of Greensboro, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds even Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Oconee.For his victory, Lowe took home $6,825. Located near Madison and Greensboro, it sits mainly in Greene County. Does anyone know a place around lake oconee that sales gizzard shad, live or frozen. Crappie Time Guide Service, Lake Oconee fishing guide. Discussion Starter • #1 • Feb 12, 2013. Bass fishing is slow. Shad run is on! Long lining is trolling multiple rods behind the boat and spider rigging in the front of boat is fishing a jig under a weight tipped with a minnow. The bass are deep.
Lake Oconee is a reservoir in central Georgia, United States, on the Oconee River near Greensboro and Eatonton.It was created in 1979 when Georgia Power completed the construction of the Wallace Dam on the Oconee River.. Lake Oconee runs through Georgia's Morgan, Greene, and Putnam counties and is separated from its sister lake, Sinclair, by Wallace Dam. Likes: GEORGIA BASSIN. Contact Georgia Power Company by mail email or phone: Georgia Power Company Oconee Sinclair Lake Resources Office 125 Wallace Dam Road Eatonton GA 31024 706.484.7500 204 Posts . The large population of forage provided by the gizzard and threadfin shad makes it necessary to load up the lake with predators to control baitfish. Bass fishing is fair. The other pattern is to look for diving gulls on the lake and then jig or troll in the areas where the gulls are feeding. Best baits are buck tails, Sassy Shad and ½-ounce Flex It and the Hopkins spoon. We have been running through over 130 baits in just a few hrs averaging 25-30+ hybrids a morning! Here on Lake Oconee, the seasons dictate how we go about catching crappie. 204 catches; 994 followers; 101 spots; Another huge impoundment offering Crappie, largemouth and hybrid stripers. - Guided Crappie fishing trips on Lake Oconee, Ga. Home to some of GA's best Crappie fishing! White Bass - March through April are the best months to target white bass, as they make spawning runs up the Oconee and Apalachee rivers. I'm thinking of selling live gizzard shad and Alwives. Lake Oconee Greene - Georgia. ... For stripers/hybrids we will typically fish with live bait (shad and bass shiners) and also spoons. A new blue catfish record on Lake Oconee was set on Sept. 16 by Wayne Tatum, of Tennille. By erp30269 in forum Georgia Discussion Board Replies: 0 Last Post: 04-25-2005, 08:01 PM. Sorry I've been gone for awhile but between work and the two little ones its been hectic. The preferable baits in Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee are live shad and bluegill and cut baits from shad and bluegill. When the river flows beyond Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair, the terrain changes and … Nov 24, 2020 #2. The lower lake elevation is typically in the A.M. hours. From November through March, “long lining” and “spider rigging” are popular methods. Lake Sinclair is smaller -- 14,750 acres -- and older than Oconee. The shad run occurs every year around the middle of April, and it is when millions of shad lay their eggs around and on the rip rap at the break of dawn. - The largemouth, stripers, hybrids, and catfish are all going bonkers on Lake Oconee. Fly Fishing – Fly fishing on Lake Oconee is definitely all about timing. Aug 12, 2010 #1. Bass are being caught in shallow water around rocks, docks and blow downs. Doug Nelms April 29, 2009 Lake Oconee - Freshwater Fishing Report. and was caught around 10 a.m. Friday morning about a mile up the lake from the dam. Thread starter #1. Both shad and chartreuse patterns will work. The striped fish search the lake endlessly to find their favorite food – “shad”. At times, especially during power generation crankbaits will produce. Or any hints of hot spots to catch them . The giant fish smashes the old Lake Oconee blue cat … Most of the actual spawning occurs at night. Capt. The shad are on the banks and the fish are gorging themselves every morning. (I have lots of experience keeping them alive of extended periods of time.). They fight hard and are a challenge to get in the boat. Just curious....I'm considering putting a bait shop in Somerset Ky near Conley Bottoms and Burnside Marinas. The water is light stained over most of the main lake and clearing up some everyday. The lake Oconee Stripper bite … ... Lake Oconee Live Shad. Lake Oconee: Target major creek arms, such as Lick, Sugar and Richland creeks, and then the deeper water near Wallace Dam. Rates/Info. 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