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Lake Oconee, Madison Georgia

Capt. Doug Nelms
February 13, 2002
Lake Oconee - Freshwater Fishing Report


The cold weather we are experiancing right now has run the locals back into their warm places, but the fish are still here and in just a few weeks it is going to be awesome! Alot of people who fish Oconee feel this is one of the greatest crappie lakes around and they will prove their beliefs when they began to take stringers of 2 pound crappie in just a few days. You are going to find the fish up the Apalachee River, around the powerlines and river channel. Slow trolling with minnow-tipped Hal Flys will do the trick. The strike will occur anywhere from 5 feet to 10 feet, so set your corks at staggered depths until you find what they like.

We caught around 10 on Monday afternoon, and several of them were huge! That is the great thing about this time of year, most of the fish are mammoth in size. Last year I fished an editor of a local magazine and after we landed our first fish, he commented on how he had'nt seen a crappie that big in quite a while. I told him, it was just a small one. I lied! :) But they are really big now and they are just going get bigger as the weather warms up.


I understand the hybrids are starting to show up at the dam and a few have been caught. It is still a little early for that but around the 1st week of April you will be able to walk from boat to boat without getting your feet wet! They will show up in mass, the fish and the fisherman. If you are a live baiter, look for your shad around rip rap and bridges. They are really hard to catch right now, but if you can find water that is warming up quicker than the rest of the lake, there they will be. Downline your live shad about 12 feet and just slow troll.

It is just going to get better from here, so put on your warm clothes, get out there, and you will be rewarded for your effort.

I am running day and night trips for crappie. Contact me if you are intrested

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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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