Heavy rains impact fishing strategies
According to southernfishing.com, Lake Oconee is full with a heavy stain up the rivers and clearing on the south end of the lake. Bass fishing is fair, and white and chartreuse spinner baits fish on wood structures and around in docks of 10 to 15 feet of water.
With all the rain, look for Georgia Power to pull water. When this happens, move to the bridge rip rap. Use the same spinner bait on the down-lake side of the bridges. Striper and hybrid fishing is fair, and Umbrella rigs fished 100 feet behind the boat at 3 mph are still the best producers.
The mid humps are still the best producers. When Georgia Power is pulling water, there is a good white bass bite on the humps on the north end of the lake.
Crappie fishing is fair. Use your Lowrance to locate the schools of fish in the timber and then drop a live crappie minnow into the school.
According to Matt Henry, Lake Sinclair is full, 89 degrees, and rivers and creeks are stained. According to southernfishing.com, bass fishing is good, and all the recent rains have Georgia Power moving water consis- tently throughout the day.
Crank the points of the rip rap with various shad-colored crank baits. Start with a shallow crank bait and work your way down to a deeper diver. A flat-sided balsa crank bait made by Kip Carter has been catching a lot of fish on the bridge and main river points in the Little River area.
A small, bone-colored popper and a shaky head with a trick worm have been catching some of these fish. Keep an eye out for mayflies up the Oconee River. If you find a hatch, throw a brown Buckeye Mop Jig and a prop bait made by Kip Carter around the overhang and dock walkways.
According to southernfishing.com, Jackson Lake is down 2.4 feet, clear and 83. Bass fishing is barely fair, and the lake is up and stained lake wide. There is a fair top water early each day.
The Lunker Lure all-white buzz bait or Bang A Lures in silver and black on banks and wood has been working. Small fat free shad and pearl white shallow crank baits are fair.
Rig culprit worms in red shad and black shad u tails on a spinning rod and skip them under the docks and get the baits a little deeper and work them very slowly. Pop R’s in shad and bream and colors are fair.