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 other outdoor sports. Saltwater Information Program permit needed
Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, anyone with a valid Georgia fishing license, including those with a Georgia Lifetime Sportsman’s License and a Senior Lifetime License, who wants to fish in saltwater will need a free, annual Saltwater Information Program permit. The SIP permit is part of a comprehensive effort by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to collect timely and accurate data from saltwater anglers for use in resource management. Other Saltwater Information Program activities include volunteer fish tagging, a fish carcass donation project, and ongoing creel surveys of anglers and fishing guides.
“This new permit will help us identify individuals who saltwater fish in Georgia so they can be included in catch and effort surveys. We want these surveys to be cost-effective, and we want the results to be as accurate and trustworthy as possible since they are so important to the management process. Georgia’s saltwater anglers can help by complying with this new requirement and by participating in these surveys when contacted,” said Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division.
Georgia saltwater anglers who have a valid fishing license with a SIP permit and who fish in the Atlantic Ocean beyond 3 miles offshore will be exempt from the federal requirement to have a Saltwater Angler Registry permit.
The 2013 SIP permit is available now from any current license vendor or download the permit on the Internet at CoastalGaDNR.org/SIP.
To locate a license vendor or obtain a SIP permit by telephone, call (800) 366-2661 (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday – Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or visit the website. Anglers who hold a lifetime or senior license can also print a paper version of the SIP permit from the website.
If you have questions, please contact GADNR/Coastal Resources Division, at (912) 264-7218. Fishing reports
Lake Oconee is down two feet, 55-62 degrees with a clear main lake and Richland Creek and stained up the rivers.
Bass fishing has been fair. The bait has moved into the middle to back of the creeks and coves. A small crank bait like a No. 7 Shad Rap in shad pattern and a Rat L Trap in the same pattern will produce. Fish these lures around docks and structure in the coves and creeks.
Richland Creek is very clear and a white spinner bait is also working on the same pattern in this creek. If you do not see bait in the creek or cove, move to one that has bait.
Line side fishing is good for both stripers and hybrid. Start looking in the pockets off the main lake from the 44 bridge south. If the bait is in the pockets, drop live bait down and also use flat lines. The fish are in big schools that are moving in and out of the coves. You can also use a Capt. Mack’s 4 arm u-rig to locate the schools in the main lake.
Crappie fishing is good. Spider rigs fished in the back of the major creeks has been the best producer. Jigs tipped with a minnow have been the best producers. Start in the middle of the creeks and work your way to the back.
According to havefunfishing.com, Lake Sinclair is down 1.4 feet, 69 degrees and mostly stained.
Bass fishing has been good. Use a variety of brightly colored shallow diving crank baits for Sinclair in December like Shad Raps, Gulps, chrome and blue Rat L Traps and Deep Wee R’s.
Fish can be caught shallow all month long.
Fish the Little River arm close to the marina and the Rip rap at both sides of 441 has been working well. Fish the docks and look for the ones with rush out front or under them to be the best.
A Net Boy Baits Flipp’N Jig in black and blue with a black and blue chunk.
According to havefunfishing.com, Jackson Lake is down .7 feet, clear and 61 degrees.
Bass fishing has been fair. Fish with small crank baits fished in the backs of the pockets. Finding bait is the key to this bite. Square billed crank baits are working. Use the Rebel Wee R and a Lucky Craft square bill both in shad colors. Tennessee Shad is a good bet.
On windy days, focus on throwing a spinnerbait with a 1/2 ounce double willow leaf silver blades with a white skirt on shoals mid lake. The best shoals will have some form of rock on them. Make long casts bringing the spinnerbait back a long way along these shoal markers. If wind is not present, slow down with a shaky head or football jig. Both are working in green pumpkin colors. Fish a 3/8 ounce jig in green pumpkin on lay downs up in the pockets. Out on the river, spots are eating the jig bounced around any rock structure.