Lake Sinclair Fishing Reports – February 2021

GON Staff | January 29, 2021

Sinclair: Level: 1.4 feet low. Temp: The main lake is 48 degrees with some pockets warming to 51 in the afternoons. Clarity: The lake is stained to muddy above the railroad trestle, stained to the 441 bridge and clear down toward the dam.

Bass: Tournament angler Karl Pingry reports, “According to Ed at Lakeside Chevron, the bass are being caught up Little River, the back of Rooty Creek and up the Oconee on a chartreuse-and-white, twin turtleback bladed spinnerbait. A Little Earl crankbait and a 1/2-oz. Rat-L-Trap (chrome with a blue back) are the crankbaits of choice. Flipping a jig in blowdowns and on main-lake docks near or on the river channel is working, as well. In the clear water, don’t leave the dock without a jerkbait tied on. On a side note, the hybrids are biting a spoon if/when you find them on your graph. In February, look for pockets that are wind protected and get the afternoon sun. Pay attention to the location of your first and second bites. Notice where you are in the pockets (halfway back, first or secondary point, etc.) to try and establish a pattern. Tournament fisherman Tony Couch says to look for bass to try and spawn on the full moon in February and/or March if the water temps are in the mid 50s to 60 degrees. A temperature increase of just 2 to 3 degrees near the full moon will start the bass’ instinct to want to spawn. Target hard-bottom areas, such as rock, red clay, wood and sand for potential prespawn bass if you encounter warming water temps near the full moon. Make sure to stop in at Lakeside Chevron and see Ed to get the latest patterns and water temp. trends before hitting the lake.”

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