Lake Oconee Fishing Report June 2011

GON Staff | May 26, 2011

Oconee: Level: Full pool. Temp: 78 to 82 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Good, according to guide and tournament pro Tony Couch. “Bass fishing is very good right now. Some bass have moved offshore in 8 to 18 feet of water. These bass can be caught consistently on Caroling rigs with Zoom Trick Worms in green pumpkin and junebug colors. During generating periods, try deep-diving crankbaits in a shad pattern or blue-and-chartreuse color,” Tony said. “Many bass are still shallow and can be caught on Zoom Ol Monster worms in green pumpkin and junebug around the docks. Also, Trick Worms in the same colors work well on a shaky-head jig on the shady sides of the docks.”

Crappie: Good. “Most of the fish have moved back into deeper water over brushpiles, in the standing timber or over deep drop-offs,” said guide Al Bassett. “There are several ways to catch these fish during the summer. First is to locate the fish on the drop-off or brushpile using your Lowrance HDS unit before you start fishing. Use a live minnow, and fish right over the brush or drop-off where you have located the fish. In most cases when you find one fish you have found a school of fish, so work the area good. Second, night fishing with lights off the side of the boat in the timber or under a bridge is good and will only get better as the month goes on. Third is to go around the lake at night and look for the docks that have lights and cast a Jiffy Jig Super Grub on a 1/16-oz. jig head.”

Fair to good. “They are still doing pretty good with live shad in 10 to 20 feet of water on humps and points on the south end of the lake,” Tony said. “Some fish are still being caught trolling a 3-way swivel rig with a deep-diving crankbait and a white bucktail or curly tail jig in mid-lake areas.”

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