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  • Lake Oconee help

    My In-laws just purchased a house on Lake Oconee and they also just purchased a nice pontoon boat. We will be spending a good amount of time there in July and I am looking for any advice on the lake or surrounding areas.

    I'm not sure what gear to bring with me or what to look for on the lake in the heat of the summer. Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Can I sight fish for carp in this area?

    Paul

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    I live in the mid lake area.

    In July, we are targeting crappie over brush piles, santee rigging for catfish, and schooling linesides (white bass with small hybrids/stripers mixed in). During the summer months my fishing is restricted to early morning/late afternoons to beat the pleasure boater scene.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the info. Are there any areas of the lake I should avoid? Any local tackle shops I should check out?

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      • #4
        Learn where the stump fields are on the lake. There are a lot of them! You will see folks making big s-turns in wide open looking water. They are doing that for a reason. There are forests of standing timber just under the surface in many places on Oconee. The main times I fished Oconee would be Spring time for crappie, Summer nights for jugging catfish, and Summer days jigging spoons in front of the dam for hybrids and striper.

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        • #5
          Lake Oconee help

          Been knocking around there (close to”the bridge”) during the summer for about 8yrs (in-laws lake house). I have yet to find any decent bait and tackle shops. The Exxon marina on the water has some....the Ace Hardware has some, but I usually go to Jerry’s (chevron station) ...but that’s mostly because my son an I can walk there....though I have swam there once.

          There’s really NOTHING around there... just surprising how much money is around there! As far as fishing, are usually have to look under peoples docks In the various coves. Submerged tree stands are good too. I actually do most of my fishing off our dock. Lots of cats, bream, and bass. Haven’t seen a carp. Neighbor says he caught a nice garr a few weeks ago.


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          • #6
            The Highway 44 bridge during periods of power generation would be a good place to start.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paul_R View Post
              Thanks for the info. Are there any areas of the lake I should avoid? Any local tackle shops I should check out?
              Sugar Creek Marina probably has the widest selection of tackle (and it's not huge by any means). Don't know if you fly fish or not but there's no fly fishing shops (or even any selection) around the lake.

              My fishing is typically from the humps at the mouth of Sugar Creek down to the dam. Richland Creek can be very good and provides clearer water when the rivers are pumping mud into the lake.

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              • #8
                I believe they do a pump back during the night hours, and the "current" will actually turn around. Hint: catfish love it, and Oconee is full of cats.

                Also, what FairWeather said. Fish cut bait deep. And fish the current change
                BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

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                Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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                • #9
                  My good buddy Wayne Moore recently began a fly and light tackle guide service down there. He's been spending tons of time scouting and catching and would be a great resource to help you learn the area. He can do super early docklight trips, the pumpback bite, and everything between. Drop him an email or call. Even if you dont go with him, I'm sure you'll get some great info from him. He does emailed fishing reports too.


                  https://www.oconeeonthefly.com/

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the info guys. I cant wait to get down there and explore some new water.

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                    • #11
                      I’m a local. Been fishing the river since I was a little one and the lake since it was filled. All the above is correct. I catch schooling hybrids and stripes with a few largemouths by fishing the mouths of coves and humps a couple hours in the mornings and tend to fish flats and the mouth of coves that have a creek or several creeks entering it. I use a white popper while the fish are on top and have a clouser or a schiminnow on another rod for when they go down. In the evenings I follow the fish into the coves and fish around dock lights at night with white or chartreuse schiminnows.
                      I also target carp and gar during the day with some success. Brim fishing is surprisingly good in the back of coves and around boat docks.
                      Good luck and the fishing is great.
                      Jeff

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                      • #12
                        Jeff, thanks for the info. I tied up a few of my favorite pan fish fly's last night to use around the docs.

                        What color clouser patterns are you finding success with? I only have a few pairs of dumbbell eyes left and I would like to make them count.

                        Are the bass leader shy?

                        Paul

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                        • #13
                          I use florocarbon leaders and tippets mostly for the stripers.
                          The colors on my clousers are white/chartreuse/olive and white/blue/olive. I also use the same color combination on my bendbacks. My schiminnows are either all white or all chartreuse. I’ll try and post a picture of the schiminnows.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the info. Ill be down there on Friday.

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