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We are freezing our props off!

Capt. Doug Nelms
January 20, 2010
Lake Oconee - Freshwater Fishing Report

Water is stained

Water temp is 39.

The brutal cold weather we have experienced last week has caused the crappie fishing to be hit and miss, mainly miss. The water is around 15 degrees colder than normal however we all feel like just any day now, it is going to break wide open.

The Apalachee River arm of Oconee has been beautiful over the past week. Water clarity is as good as I have ever seen it, but there are reports of heavy rains coming in that will fix all of that for us.

There has been a big shad kill on the south end of the lake due to the cold. You will see shad spinning around on top of the water like they have gone crazy. This has caused the hybrids and stripers to feed like mad. There must have been 6000 gulls up Richland Creek this week and they are all having a feast, so it is kind of hard to tell by the birds just where the fish are.

It is time for spider rigging for crappie and jigging spoons for stripers and hybrids. The favorite colors for crappie is Black and Blue Jiffy Jigs tipped with minnows. You should put your jigs just above where you mark fish.

The stripers will be going after live bait, spoons and 3 inch Sassy Shad. When you find the birds pounding the water in a focused spot, throw the artificials in them and hang on. Other times, down-lining live bait will produce fish.

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Doug is a licensed USCG Captain and has been guiding over 14 years. His specialty is trophy Striped Bass, and huge Crappie during certain months. His boat is a Ranger 2300 Bay Series powered by a 225 Yamaha 4-stroke motor. It is spacious and can fish up to 6 people! During the hot summer months he heads to the Chattahoochee River to pursue monster Striped bass. He fishes from a custom jet boat, built exclusively for fishing the river. BigFishHeads Guide service operates year round.

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BigFishHeads Guide Service
9186 Tara Drive SW
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: 770-354-0300
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