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Lake Oconee, Madison Georgia

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

Crappie 03/13/02

The pattern for crappie has been holding great lately, but I fear that this torrential downpour we had on Oconee will make the fish slow down again. We are catching a lot in the mouth of channels and creeks and it is only a matter of time until they “bunch up” and they will be on the banks. As I looked at the upcoming weather this week, I think Friday is going to be an awesome day to fish. With the new moon a day old and more rain coming in on Saturday, this Friday should be the ticket.

Catching them is the easy part right now; finding them may be hard. Troll around until you see the familiar straight lines on your graph and start fishing there. There is plenty of crappie in Sugar Creek, Apalachee River at the powerlines and around the drainage ditch across from Redlands.

Troll 1/24 once Hal flys tipped with minnows under long rods. If you like to anchor, use only minnows and a small split shot. The bite will be light so watch carefully and set your lines about 5 feet above where you are marking fish. They will come after it!


They have arrived at the dam and George Cox caught 9 Monday morning that ranged as high as 8 pounds. People are reporting the hybrids have finally showed up at the dam and they will stay there until about the 2nd week of April. It is not long, however it is some of the most exciting fishing you will ever do.

Set out downllines from 12 to 20 feet and slow troll around until you find them. The only problem you will have is finding the shad to fish with. They have hid on the lake right now and throwing your net and catching 3 at one time is just about as exciting as catching a 5-pound hybrid.

Look for bait in the Lick creek area and around all the bridges. Last week I caught shad at the Swords Bridge and when I went back this week, they had all left. If you want to take the easy way, shiners may do the trick, but shad are the best.

Take you shiner and lip hook it using a large jig or Hal Fly. The purple ones seem to work better but any color will do. If Georgia Power is pulling the water; the fish will be on.

Friday is going to be a great day to catch them since another front will be moving in. If you happen to find where the shad are hiding please contact me. We have a lot of people looking for them.

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