Into the WILD

The Covington News - - Sports -

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 have­fun­fish­, 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 have­fun­fish­, 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 have­fun­fish­ 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.

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