Lake Sinclair Fishing Report – September 2020

GON Staff | August 28, 2020

Sinclair: Level: 1.1 feet low. Temp: High 80s to low 90s. Clarity: Water is stained up the rivers and in the back of Rooty Creek due to recent rains..

Bass: Tournament angler Karl Pingry reports, “Ed at Lakeside Chevron said fishing is fair for most fisherman, but fishing continues to be good for at least a few fishermen. A club tournament held at Lakeside Chevron Saturday, Aug. 22 took 19.5 pounds to win and 18 for second! There has been a mayfly hatch every day since Wednesday the 19th. Most of the bites are shallow. In the stained water, a chartreuse-and-white spinnerbait and a junebug-red Ol Monster worm are the baits to use. A black buzzbait and a black Strike King Hack Attack Pad Perch are the baits catching a majority of the fish in the grass. Ed said the rumor is the back of Rooty Creek and Beaverdam Creek are the areas of the lake producing a lot of bass right now. A chartreuse-and-white Little Earl and a Berkley No. 7 crankbait are the other baits producing bass right now. Ed said the fishing should continue to produce some good quality fish if you can get in the right area. Being on the water when Georgia Power is moving water definitely improves your odds of catching a decent bag of bass. Early morning, mid morning and late afternoon/early evening have been the trend for current during these hot days of summer. Be patient. The bite is not everywhere, but when you get a bite, really work that area thoroughly. The bites come in quick succession once you’ve hit the right area that the bass are holding. Keep your eyes on the trees. Mayfly hatches are rare this time of year, but after this last weekend of August and the way 2020 has gone, anything is possible!”

Crappie: Allan Brown reports, “Night fishing around lighted docks has been the go-to method for catching crappie. Small jigs in yellow/yellow/white is a great color, as is all brown or black. The mayfly hatch is on and these dark colors mimic the mayfly hatch. Deep brushpiles are giving up fish, as well. Fish the brushpile slowly from different angles until you’re catching them. I like to use a marker buoy to pinpoint the hot spot. Cooler weather will bring the crappie up as late September rolls in. I’ve noticed tons of shad schooling late afternoon and early morning, as well. This is a good sign water is cooling off some.”

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