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Fishing

Lake Burton Yellow Perch Ties Georgia State Record

Emerson Mulhall, of Cumming, caught a yellow perch that has tied the state record. He was fishing Lake Burton on Feb. 18 when caught the 2-lb., 9-oz. fish. “I was not pursuing perch when I caught her,” said Emerson. “I am mainly a spotted bass and largemouth fisherman, and my friend Jake Maddux and I…

Satilla Gets Another New Black Crappie Record

Just days after releasing the annual edition of the Georgia Lake and River Records, another river record has already fallen. On Feb. 6, Steven Todd, of Saint George, managed to reel in a 2-lb., 1-oz. black crappie that raised the river-record bar for the species for the second time in the past 13 months. “I…

73 3/4 Pound Catfish Sets Lake Sinclair Record Then Released

On the afternoon of Jan. 26, long-time buddies Brandon Pitts and Kenny Scott set out on Lake Sinclair in hopes of wrangling some big stripers. Finding gizzard shad of a suitable size for bait proved to be difficult, forcing the anglers to alter their game plan. Unbeknownst to them, it put them on a path…

Seminole Shines In February As Bass Move Up

Normally when I get assigned a GON story on Lake Seminole I’m pretty darn fired up about it. I don’t know if there’s anything quite like a warm, summer day on the lake with the sun on your back and just enough breeze blowing to keep the gnats away. Fields of grass mats and lily…

Big February Spotted Bass On Lake Lanier

Anglers are learning to go to the ditches at Lake Lanier during the winter months for numbers of spotted bass, but you can also fish rocky points for kicker-size fish to feel the fight of a magnum Lanier spot. The ditch bite is in full swing this month, and you can catch a lot of…

44 New Georgia Record Fish Confirmed In 2023

Since last February’s printing of GON’s Georgia Lake and River Records list, we’ve added 44 fish, the exact number of new fish we added in February 2023 and up from 33 fish that were added in February 2022. The exclusive list of official record fish for all major Georgia lakes and rivers is always available…

Eufaula Crappie Bite Even On “Slow Days”

We met at the Cool Branch Park boat ramp just south of Georgetown on a recent cold, clear morning. Captain Ryan Nix was waiting and ready to go as my friend Diz and I pulled up. Ryan has made a living on the water, retiring from the U.S Coast Guard after 20 years of honorable…

Pitch Docks For Lake Oconee Winter Bass

Start your new year right pitching jigs around docks to catch some quality largemouth on Lake Oconee. The 14-inch limit at Oconee means there are many 2-lb. bass to give you a good fight in the cold water, and there are many bigger bass, too. Lake Oconee’s 19,900 acres formed by the Apalachee and Oconee…

Paradise PFA January Ghost Town Bassin’

As another 30-something-degree morning has arrived in south Georgia, and as I stare out my kitchen window, I can see the last of the daily frost slowly melting away. Beginning to peck at the old keyboard, I think it’s fair to start this story off by saying that January has to be as bad as…

IGFA Awards New Junior World Record Redfish To Brunswick Boy

Graham Lewis, a 10-year-old from Brunswick, recently caught a youth-division,world-record redfish from the surf on Saint Simons Island. The catch took place Sept. 24 and was just processed by the International Game Fish Association. The fished measured 105 cm (41.3 inches) to the fork. “A bunch of people at school have been asking me if I…

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