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

27 Pounds Wins At Oconee In Unique Bass Tournament Format

Minor League Fishing bass tournament hit Lake Oconee on Saturday, June 27, and it took 27-plus pounds and 11 bass to win the event. The unique bass tournament format allows teams to weigh every legal bass. Anglers are allowed to weigh in as often as they like to avoid crowded livewells and fish dying. In…

Oconee Flathead Record Breaks 50 Pounds

On the afternoon of May 12, Chris McDaniel, of Morgan County, was busy setting up a brand new cell-phone, a direct result of catching a brand-new Lake Oconee flathead catfish record that weighed 51-lbs., 12-ozs. on certified scales. “I bent over to pick the fish up out of the water, and it went right out…

Covid-19 Affects Oconee, Sinclair Tournaments

If you enjoy competing in fishing tournaments on lakes Oconee or Sinclair, it may be time to shift gears and do a little yard work. In a statement released on March 30 by Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, he is asking fishing tournament directors to reschedule any tournaments taking place between now and at least…

Oconee Bass Primed For A Great Prespawn Bite

Prespawn bass hitting your baits in grass and around wood cove—that simple pattern will catch largemouth this month at Lake Oconee. The bass at Oconee will move to the spawning flats and feed heavily before bedding. Lake Oconee is 19,000 acres of water near Eatonton. The Oconee River and Richland Creek make up its two…

Oconee Crappie Fishing Seminar Well Attended

Sixty-five folks fishing for facts gathered at The Lodge on Lake Oconee on Saturday, Feb. 1 for the first-ever “Four Seasons of Oconee Seminar” hosted by three Lake Oconee crappie-fishing experts. Capt. Doug Nelms, a regular GON Fishing Reports contributor, taught pushing techniques and shared some of his favorite GPS coordinates for fishing brushpiles and…

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