Into the WILD

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Fish­ing re­ports

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.

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