Into the WILD
The Covington News is looking to expand its coverage of the area’s outdoor sports and its sportsmen. The News will dedicate this space to stories, calendar items and photos of fishing, hunting and other outdoor sports. Newborn resident receives award
Larry Schoenfeld of Newborn was one of the anglers who registered their catch in teh Santee Cooper Trophy Five Award program in South Carolina recently. Schoenfeld will receive a parchment signed by the honorable Nikki R. Haley, governor of S.C. for catching a 42 pound Arkansas Blue Catfish.
Squirrel season begins
Squirrel season began Wednesday statewide and will run through Feb. 28. There is a limit of 12 squirrels per day, according to the Georgia Department of Natrual Resources. Fishing reports
According to havefunfishing.com, Lake Oconee is full and 8791 degrees and clear, stained up the rivers.
Bass fishing is fair with the best bite in daylight coming deep in the lake.
Night fishing is recommended with a big Texas rigged dark worm. Use a 10-inch Zoom Old Monster worm in black or dark brown, fished un- der lighted boat docks in or near deep water.
During daylight use deep diving crank baits fished along the humps and ledges on the south end of the lake. Some fish are coming up the rivers on wood structures. Fish the wood with a Texas rigged 6-inch Zoom G-Tail worm in a watermelon or green pumpkin.
Line side fishing is fair, using radar to check for schools on the south end of the lake around the humps.
Crappie fishing has been good and the fish are starting to stage in the tree tops. Look for the fish in the tops of trees at about 15 to 25 feet deep.
According to havefunfishing.com, Lake Sinclair is down 2.1 feet, 90 degrees and mostly stained.
Bass fishing is fair but gets tougher with a few fish still hitting top water baits during early morning.
The best window of opportunity, however, has shortened from a couple of hours to only the first hour or so after daybreak.
Poppers and prop baits like Pop R’s, Chug Bug’s and Tiny Torpedo’s have been the best recently.
Steadily cast these bates along medium to fast tapering main river banks. About half of these surface feeding fish will weigh around three pounds and up.
Deep water fishing is also reportedly getting tougher. Hit the humps, points and ledges for some respectable numbers of fish at depths mostly 15-25 feet down the lake, 12-18 feet in the central lake and 5-12 feet way up the rivers. Crank baits and Carolina rigs are the baits of choice for this type of fishing.
According to havefunfishing.com Jackson Lake is down 2.2 feet, clear and 89 degrees.
Bass fishing is fair with a few being caught south near the dam.
The spots are still active so use smaller worms and smaller crank baits. The green pumpkin worms on a Texas rig will work with a slow presentation on or around wood and brush piles.
Some good spots are being caught on the drop shot rigs in 20-plus feet of water using small 3-4 inch worms.
Vertical jigging off bridges is also fair. Work all baits slowly and move around as the day heats up. There has been some biting at night in deep man made brush at 10 feet on dark u tail Zoom worms.
Top water bait is slow all day but run a black Jitterbug by any lighted dock after dark.