Clarks Hill Fishing Report – February 2020

GON Staff | January 30, 2020

Clarks Hill: Level: Nearly full. Temp: Low 50s. Clarity: The lake is starting to clear up from all the rain we received so quickly.

Bass: Tournament angler Josh Rockefeller reports, “With Clarks Hill at full pool, it has the fish shallow in the right places. Pitching a Texas rig to the base of willow trees in the backs of the creeks has been pretty successful. Also throwing a spinnerbait in these same places is picking off some fish, as well. Pay attention to where the creek channel gets close to the base of the trees, and the bass will be sitting right on the drop. There are also some fish holding on rocks closer to the main lake where the water begins to clear up. A Buckeye Lures Goby Sled with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw can catch these fish.”

Linesides: Guide Bradd Sasser reports, “The hybrids and stripers had pushed toward the mouths of creeks due to the stained water, but with things clearing up, they are beginning to push back farther into the creeks. This time of year you can fish several different methods and be successful. Downlines, freelines, planer boards and trolling A-rigs are all producing very well. The fish are moving around the ditches and creekbeds in 15 to 35 feet of water. The hybrids and stripers have been feeding very aggressively. This trend will last up until they begin to stage for the spring spawning motions.” Capt. Eddie Mason reports, “I’ve still been fishing a lot around Georgia Little River. The water around White Bass Island has been clear and the water in Lloyds Creek is pretty stained. When we’re in the muddy water, I’m getting them between 10 to 15 feet down in water that’s about 35 feet deep using downrods. When I get into the muddy water, I’m still in water that’s about 35 feet deep but starting 15 feet down and then dropping it to the bottom.”

Crappie: Guide Bradd Sasser reports, “The crappie have been holding around submerged timber in the backs of creeks. They have been between 15 and 18 feet deep. Tightlines have been most productive, but trolling longlines has also produced some very nice slabs.”

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