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 Winter Spoon Fed Bass With Tony Couch

The air had a brisk bite as I idled through the dense early morning fog toward the nearby creek channel. The fish had been holding in this area for about three weeks, moving only slightly as the water slowly cooled. The sound of screaming gulls, mufHed only by the sound of cars passing over the…

Howington Striper Breaks Lake Oconee Record

A lake record that some anglers thought would never be broken has been rewritten. The new mark for striped bass at Lake Oconee is now set at 29-lbs., 10oz., which exceeds the previous record by half a pound. Rickey Howington, of Jefferson, is the new record-holder. Rickey had a week off from work, and he…

Tony Couch Marks Lake Oconee Map For March Bass

As February finally gives way to March, the largemouth bass in Lake Oconee gradually give in to Mother Nature and begin migration into shallow water. When March is coming to an end, the first wave of spawning bass are beginning to start bedding. The month of March has something to offer every bassin’ man. Crankbaits,…

Oconee Lake Record Hybrid

Jan Allen Ward holds the current Lake Oconee hybrid bass record with a 14-lb., 4-oz. fish he caught on April, 3, 1991. See all of GON’s Official Georgia Lake & River Records Requirements For Record Fish • Fish must be caught legally by rod and reel in a manner consistent with state game and fish…

11-lb. Oconee Bass!

James Buice Jr., of Decatur, and a friend from South Carolina hadn’t caught a fish yet on Oct. 27, 1990 at Lake Oconee, when James got the strike of a lifetime. The two had just come in from deer hunting and were fishing the rip-rap along the Highway 278 bridge up the Oconee River when…

Lake Oconee Record Fish