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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Oconee Bass Fishing Report – July 7, 2024

By Ronnie Garrison | July 9, 2024

Oconee: Level: 1 foot below 435 at daylight but full pool by noon and then no current. Temp: 85 degrees. Clarity: Slight stain. Bass: Tournament angler Ronnie Garrison reports, “The weather was hot but cloudy, and a slight breeze all day helped. The bite was tough at Oconee yesterday for the Flint River Bass Club. One limit was caught by Chuck Croft, who won with five fish that weighed 7.95 pounds. He said he got a lot of bites early around grass with a buzzbait but lost several keepers. He filled his limit with a late keeper from brush. Duane Case had four bass weighing 5.86 pounds for second. He said shaky heads around docks is how he caught his fish. Interestingly, he fished with Doug Acree, and Doug zeroed—from the front of the boat. Oconee Bass Shallow & Chomping In August “I had three for 4.54 pound and third…

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Lake Oconee Articles

Dermond Murder At Lake Oconee Still Unsolved

Ten years have ticked by since the double murder of an elderly couple, Russell and Shirley Dermond, on Lake Oconee. At that time, local law-enforcement teams reached out to GON to spread the word among sportsmen and anglers in an effort to find any information that could help bring justice to the Putnam County case.…

Memorial Day Help

Some jobs just don’t get enough recognition. Some jobs are taken for granted by the very people who benefit the most from the work. Some jobs are just plain difficult and require standing firm on principle even in the face of upsetting others. And heaven forbid, some jobs require working on holidays. Game wardens reading…

Lake Oconee Crappie Head Shallow in April

Ever thought about why crappie gravitate to the shallows in the springtime? To spawn, you say? Well, yeah… but why do they do that? Let that swim around for a bit… Let’s get you in those shallows— specifically on Lake Oconee—and looking for crappie in April as they do their thing around brush and rocks…

Pitch Docks For Lake Oconee Winter Bass

Start your new year right pitching jigs around docks to catch some quality largemouth on Lake Oconee. The 14-inch limit at Oconee means there are many 2-lb. bass to give you a good fight in the cold water, and there are many bigger bass, too. Lake Oconee’s 19,900 acres formed by the Apalachee and Oconee…

Georgia SCI Hosts Inaugural Wounded Veterans ‘Cast & Blast’ Event At Lake Oconee

The Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) and Glasslined Technologies, Inc. hosted 14 Purple Heart recipients during its inaugural Wounded Veterans ‘Cast and Blast’ event at the beautiful Lake Oconee from Sept. 18-20. This inaugural event provided veterans—including their family members or guests, an all-expenses-paid retreat—allowing them to rest, relax and experience Lake Oconee,…

Lake Oconee Record Fish