Into the WILD
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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.
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.