Into the WILD

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Hunt­ing sea­sons un­der­way

Al­li­ga­tor sea­son be­gan Sept. 1, along with dove sea­son, last­ing un­til Sept. 16. Marsh Hens hunt­ing sea­son be­gins Sept. 14. Fish­ing Re­ports

Ac­cord­ing to have­fun­fish­ing.com, Lake Oconee is full and 8387 de­grees with a clear main pool.

The main lake humps and long deep points have been pro­duc­ing best re­cently.

Work that area with a Rapala DT10, along with a Nor­man DD22 in a shad pat­tern for deep fish.

Make sure you stay in contact with the bot­tom as far down the ledges as pos­si­ble.

Some fish are also com­ing off the deeper boat docks. Those fish can be found with a Zoom u tail worm in any green pat­tern, fished Texas rigged.

Line side fish­ing is fair on the south end of the lake around the humps.

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Ac­cord­ing to Ge­or­gia Out­door News, a record num­bers of ducks are to the north of us, and duck hunters may see a lot of birds this year based on pop­u­la­tion es­ti­mates from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice.

The limit of scaup has in­creased from two to four be­cause of these num­bers.

In re­cent duck sur­veys, an es­ti­mated 48.6 mil­lion breed­ing ducks were found, ac­cord­ing to gon.com. That’s an in­crease of seven per­cent from 2011, set­ting a new record high.

Mal­lard es­ti­mates are back above 10 mil­lion for the first time since 1999. Gad­wall are up 10 per­cent over last year and 96 per­cent above the his­toric av­er­age. North­ern pin­tail and Amer­i­can wigeon were the only two species counted be­low their his­toric av­er­age.

is good and the fish are start­ing to stage in the tree tops, ac­cord­ing to have­fun­fish­ing. com. Look for the fish in the tops of the trees at about 15 to 25 feet deep.

Ac­cord­ing to have­fun­fish­ing.com, Lake Sin­clair is down 1.58 feet, 85 de­grees and mostly stained.

Bass fish­ing has been good.

It’s best to use the smaller sizes of any li­p­less crank bait and make su­per long casts to the long points down lake.

Bass are hold­ing in small pock­ets right at the mouth of those creeks. Any lay down tim­ber is a must for a ping n jig and a Texas rigged worm in any dark color.

Also cast to­ward any dock with a jig or Texas rigged Zoom green pump­kin U tail worm. The Rat­tlin Rap in ei­ther the nat­u­ral shad or the black and crome are work­ing lake wide but use the larger baits up the rivers.

Fish any rip rap early in the morn­ing with both the Rat­tlin Rap and a small all white buzz bait.

Check out the mouths of any and all ma­jor creeks work­ing them well with buzz baits and crank baits.

Ac­cord­ing to have­fun­fish­ing.com Jack­son Lake is full, clear and 84 de­grees.

Bass fish­ing is pick­ing up.

All the fish are still small and the best ac­tion has been close to the dam.

Jigs in com­bi­na­tions of browns and greens are fair but use small ones.

Work the jigs slowly around any and all wood in both shal­low and deep wa­ter, along with docks.

Use a small ¼ and 3/8 ounce jigs with small pork or Zoom salt trail­ers.

Carolina rigged worms off the points are catch­ing a few small spots and greens are the right col­ors.

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