Into the WILD
According to southernfishing. com, Lake Oconee is full, 84 to 90 degrees. Bass fishing is fair and the lake is full, stained up the river and clear on the south end. There is still an early morning top water bite with a white Old Nelly buzz bait.
There is also a crank bait bite on the deep water humps on the south end of the lake. Striper and hybrid fishing is slow and there is an early morning/late evening top water bite. Use a popping cork with a small jig attached to a 2-foot leader. Look for schools breaking water in the middle of the lake to the dam.
Crappie fishing is good, and the fish are in the timber 10 to 20 feet deep. Use your Lowrance to locate the schools in the timber mid lake. The river bend area of the lake is a good starting location; drop a live minnow to the schools you locate with your Lowrance.
According to southernfishing. com, Lake Sinclair is full, 90 degrees, stained up river, and the main lake is clear. Bass fishing is good, but it's time to put your Lowrance electronics to use as these fish have started to move out deep.
Lowrance side imaging and down imaging technology cannot be beat for summertime structure fishing. The water temperature has really heated up, causing the top water bite from past weeks to slow down. You can still catch a big one on top but it has not been consistent. A Strike king series 6xd crank bait, Buckeye football Mop Jig and a Carolina rigged Zoom Ol’ Monster in the Oconee River arm will catch fish when you locate these schools. Look for these fish in 15 to 18 feet of water.
This bite is best when Georgia Power is moving water as it causes the fish to feed. If you are getting short strikes and missing fish, downsize to a Buckeye Spot Remover jig head with a Zoom Utail worm to increase the number of hookups.
According to southernfishing. com, Jackson Lake is .66 over full, stained and 88 degrees. Bass fishing is fair and the summer is still in effect, but all the rain and runoff will force anglers to be more versatile than ever.
Dark green pumpkin worms on a Texas rig seem to be the bait of choice when fished with a slow presentation on or around wood and brush piles. Some good spots are being caught on the drop shot rigs in 20-plus feet of water using small 3- and 4-inch worms.
There are some biting at night in deep man-made brush at 10 feet on dark U-tail Zoom worms. The top water bite is slow all day, but run a black Jitterbug by any lighted dock after work.