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

Lake Oconee Gets First Spotted Bass Record

Austin Skinner didn’t finish in the money in the Berry’s Tournament Trail event on Lake Oconee, nor did he come that close for big fish. But he did get a pretty good consolation prize that caused quite a buzz with WRD biologists. Austin was fishing a Carolina rig with a Zoom green-pumpkin lizard when he…

Oconee River Fixing To Load Up With White Bass

It’s breezy early in the day as Barry Hough and I motor up this northern section of the Oconee River, which has its origin just a few counties upstream. We’re an hour or so from Atlanta, depending, as always, on highway traffic. And it’s pretty much the same here on this gorgeous waterway. The locals…

Lake Oconee Wintertime Spoon Fishing For Linesides

From the time I was old enough to crawl into a plywood boat on the Ocmulgee River, there’s one thing I was taught NOT to do: make noise. So why is this striper guide constantly rapping on the floor of his Ranger with the rubber-tipped butt end of a sawed-off walking cane? Because he’s learned…

Gill-Netter Caught Again At Lake Oconee

The Conservation LE Corner is designed to highlight the efforts of Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division (LED) officers who, among their many duties, protect Georgia’s wildlife, sportsmen and natural resources from game-law violators. Putnam County: During routine patrol on Dec. 6, 2020, Sgt. Matt Garthright pulled into the Sugar Creek public boat ramp on Lake…

Lake Oconee Prespawn Bass On Docks And Rock

Fish rocks and docks for February Lake Oconee bass. That simple pattern will put fish in the boat all over the lake, and many different baits will catch them. Weather will play a part in how active bass will be, but you can catch fish under any conditions. Lake Oconee is a Georgia Power Co.…

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