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 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.

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