Lake Oconee

Lake Oconee is an excellent fishing lake located in central Georgia on the Oconee River near Greensboro, the real Buckhead and Eatonton. Oconee is known for very good bass fishing, great crappie fishing for huge slabs, and very good fishing for linesides and catfish. The lake was created in 1979 when Georgia Power completed the construction of the Wallace Dam on the Oconee River. Lake Oconee runs through Georgia's Morgan, Greene, and Putnam counties and is separated from its sister lake, Sinclair, by Wallace Dam. Lake Oconee is home to a number of golf communities, including Reynolds Plantation, Cuscawilla, and Harbor Club.


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Lake Oconee Fishing Report – December 2022

By GON Staff | November 28, 2022

Oconee: Level: 0.3 feet below 435. Temp: 61 degrees. Clarity: Clear for Oconee. Bass: Capt. Doug Nelms with BigFishHeads Guide Service reports, “Over the past couple of weeks, the bass have really showed up nicely. Anyone reading this probably knows that on most trips my clients really aren’t targeting them, but they have really bit hard on the presentations we have been offering. Jigging spoons have been the ticket for us. On just about every trip, we have found them hanging out with the linesides, and they have been in some strange water depths. Last week, we landed one that tipped the scales over 5 pounds, and we caught it on the bottom, with a spoon, in 51 feet of water. That may be hard to believe, but on that particular trip we landed six largemouth, by accident (since we were targeting stripers). Every fish we have caught has been on…

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Lake Oconee Articles

Fishing Holes Of Long Ago

I was young when I figured out a certain fishing technique. No one taught me this one, and I would not be surprised if there are numerous other methods that trump mine. However, I figured out how to put white bass in my boat. The white bass is a fish I feel is often overlooked.…

Lake Oconee’s New Oxygen System Scheduled To Be Operational In August

  Over the years, Lake Oconee has earned a reputation as a fantastic lake for striped bass and hybrid bass fishing, and its credentials as a productive bass and crappie lake are nothing to sneeze at. With a major new Georgia Power project at Wallace Dam about to go operational, anglers will have an additional…

Oconee Shellcracker Record Set, Lake Sees Two Records Broken In One Day!

If you weren’t fishing Lake Oconee on Saturday, April 23, you missed a really good day of fishing. Two lake records were broken that day! Yesterday, GON announced a new flathead catfish record. Today, GON recognizes the middle Georgia lake’s first-ever shellcracker record. The redear weighed 1-lb., 14.56-ozs. and was caught by Randy Smith, of Fayetteville,…

Lake Oconee May Bass Map

Shad love to spawn on the seawalls and rip-rap that line Lake Oconee, and this shad spawn gives anglers a fast, early morning bite in May. After the sun ends the shad spawn, bass back off to hold on drops and cover where they can be caught all day. Lake Oconee is lined by huge…

New Lake Oconee Flathead Record A Family Affair

John Burnett’s name will appear on GON’s Lake & River Records signifying his recent catch as the largest flathead catfish ever caught on Lake Oconee, but the Conyers angler says it was really a family affair. The 52-lb., 8-oz. flathead caught on April 23 has been certified as the lake record after being seen by…

Lake Oconee Record Fish