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Fishing reports
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According to, Lake Oconee is full, 80-82 degrees, stained up the rivers and clear on the main lake.

Bass fishing has been fair to good. A white and chartreuse buzz bait at first light, fished on the sea walls, and rip rap is working well for the first hour of the day. Then switch to soft plastics, a green worm fished under docks with at least 10 feet of water under them. You can fish a shaky head or Texas rigged, as well.

Docks with structure under them have been the best producers. Throughout the summer, as Georgia Power is pulling water, the riprap on the bridges is a great location to fish. Crank baits and spinner baits will be the best option, with jigs a good producer as well.

You can also pick up fish on main lake points when the water is moving.

According to, Lake Sinclair is full, 84 degrees and stained.

Bass fishing has been good, and the best bite has been coming in the early morning when Georgia Power is moving water.

A good place to start in the morning is the Little River Bridge riprap, paralleling it with a chartreuse Tru Trac Lures spinner bait or buzz bait.

When Georgia Power is moving water, crank the points of the riprap with an assortment of different crank baits. Grass beds in the Oconee River arm are also producing well in the morning. A spinner bait and Excalibur Zell Pop top water bait have been great around these grass beds.

When the morning bites slow, start fishing deeper docks on the main river. A Texas rig Zoom Ol’ Monster worm in Red Bug color will produce fish around these main river docks and brush piles. For extra bites on those tough days, downsize to a shaky head with a Zoom Trick worm.

According to, Jackson Lake is down 2.1 feet, clear and 81 degrees.

Bass fishing has been fair as the current continues up the river, causing fish to eat with the constant water flow.

Keep a large red shad Culprit worm on a Texas rig ready and a brown or black jig and pig. June bug and red shad are also Jackson Lake favorites for deeper fishing.

Work the drop offs and channel or creek ledges and any sharp dropoff point during this time. Some scent and garlic is preferred by most anglers. Long cast and slow retrieves will be the secret on the Carolina rig. Down the lake toward the dam, a darker color jig along with the Carolina rig will be all the baits you will need.

Fish every stump and lay down you can find either on your graph or on the bank.

During the later afternoon, fish the areas that hold the most shade and don’t overlook any of the numerous docks that you come across. Buzz baits might catch the big bass, too.

Most of the docks have man-made brush piles out in front of them or on the sides and big bass have been known to hang around here from year to year.