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 and other out­door sports.

Go Fish for the hol­i­days

Santa is tak­ing some time off to go fishin’ at the Go Fish Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter on to­day, Dec. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. Bring the fam­ily out for an af­ter­noon of fish­ing and re­fresh­ments with Santa.

Join Go Fish the first Fri­day of ev­ery month, from 10 a.m. to noon for the Mom and Tot’s pro­gram Camp Lit­tle Min­now. De­signed for preschool­ers, ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude crafts, live an­i­mal demon­stra­tions and story time.

Go Fish is open spe­cial hol­i­day hours on Dec. 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion ap­plies to all spe­cial events. Ad­mis­sion is $5 for adults, $4 for se­niors 65 and older, $3 for chil­dren and FREE for ages 2 and un­der. An­glers 16 or older will need a fish­ing li­cense, which is avail­able to pur­chase on­line at georgiawildlife.com/ li­censes- per­mits- passes, call­ing (800) 266.3661 or on site if needed.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Go Fish Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter, visit gofishe­d­u­ca­tion­cen­ter.com or call (478) 988.6701.

For more in­for­ma­tion on trout fish­ing, visit georgiawildlife.com/fish­ing/trout.

Fish­ing re­ports

Ac­cord­ing to have­fun­fish­ing.com, Lake Oconee is down two feet, 55-61 de­grees and clear in the main lake and stained up rivers.

Bass fish­ing has been fair with small crank baits fished around docks and wood struc­tures in the back of the main lake pock­ets work­ing. A Shad Rap or Rat L Trap in a shad pat­tern have been pro­duc­ing as well. A small shaky head fished un­der the docks in the same area will also pro­duce.

A white spin­ner bait fished around the bridges when Ge­or­gia Power is pulling water is also a good way to pro­duce fish.

Ac­cord­ing to have­fun­fish­ing.com, Lake Sin­clair is down 1.4 feet, 58 de­grees and mostly stained. Bass fish­ing has been fair but a lit­tle hard to pat­tern.

Early on fish the rocks with a shal­low crank baits along main river banks and just in­side the mouth of coves. Use the Ban­dit 100 in spring craw chartreuse, Ra­pala Shad Rap RS #4 in fire tiger, shal­low Thun­der Shad in root beer chartreuse. Use a Shad Rap, Bomber Model A, Ban­dit 200 and 30 and Ra­pala DT10.

Dock fish­ing has been barely fair. A Stan­ley 5/16 or 7/16 ounce jig in black blue with a Zoom Salty Chunk could pro­duce some large fish around docks with brush un­der them.

Ac­cord­ing to have­fun­fish­ing.com, Jack­son Lake is down 0.9 feet, clear and 60 de­grees.

Bass fish­ing has been fair and the bite will change quickly de­pend­ing on the weather con­di­tions. Look for many fish to hold from 2-10 feet deep. If the sun shine is out look shal­low around docks, rocks and other ra­di­ant cover. Throw a black and blue jig thor­oughly on the docks. Try crank baits on the rocky ar­eas. Fire tiger and craws are good col­ors. Ra­pala

DT6 and a Ra­pala DT10, Shad Raps and Ban­dit can work. Look deeper and try a light Texas rigged U tail or drop shot a fi­nesse worm if fish­ing slows.

At the dam, try fish­ing the steeper banks with jigs and slow mov­ing dark col­ored u-tale worms.

White spin­ner­baits are catch­ing a few when thrown right up next to the bank and slow rolling it back. Try green pump­kin or June bug in the stain and wa­ter­melon seed in the clear water.

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