Lake Sinclair

Lake Sinclair is in central Georgia near Milledgeville directly downstream from Lake Oconee on the Oconee River. The 15,330-acre lake is operated by Georgia Power. Bass fishing and crappie fishing are very good and quite popular on Sinclair, and the lake is also home to plenty of catfish. The lake's dynamics changed in 2013 when Georgia Power ceased operation of Plant Branch, which created a warm-water discharge near the Highway 441 bridge area. Even the iconic Plant Branch smoke stacks were brought down. Lake Sinclair stretches through the counties of Baldwin, Hancock and Putnam. Lake Sinclair was created in 1953.


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Lake Sinclair Fishing Report – November 2022

By GON Staff | October 27, 2022

Sinclair: Level: 1.7 below 340. Temp: 75-80 degrees. Clarity: That lake is as clear as it gets on the Sinclair.. Bass: Tournament angler Karl Pingry reports, “According to Ed at Lakeside Chevron, the lake continues to produce 19- to 20-lb. bags to win the big money on the weekends. The patterns are staying consistent. The baits are changing a little. Topwater baits fished along the grasslines paralleling the shore is the big pattern now. Spinnerbaits with gold and nickel blades are also producing (as predicted). Ole Monster junebug-red worms on a 1/4-oz. weight and shaky head with the same-colored Trick Worm are working on the docks and any cover you can find. Here’s the key: the fish are shallow. Finally, 1/4-oz. Rat-L-Traps and a Shad Rap (new one with rattles) in bleeding shad or chartreuse and pearl are the crankbaits of choice right now. The only difficult part is patterning…

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Lake Sinclair Fishing Report – December 2022

Sinclair: Level: 1.7 feet below 340 Temp: Low 50s. Clarity: Stained water up Little River near Cedar Creek, up around Shoulder Bone, and in the back of Rooty Creek. Bass: Tournament angler Karl Pingry reports, “According to Ed at Lakeside Chevron. The hot baits working right now are a chrome and blue or crawfish-colored Rat-L-Traps…

Sinclair All Nighter Produces New Flathead Record

Lake Sinclair has always been a big part of Tommy Spell’s life. He grew up fishing there and that hasn’t changed through the years. It’s more than 55 miles from his Alamo home, but he still makes the trek there often because it the largest lake closest to his home. Those late-night hours fishing for…

Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament Celebrates Life, Raises $50,000

Eric Kent and  Dustin Herndon, both of Gray, won first place and a check for $5,000 in the 100% payback Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament on Lake Sinclair June 11-12. The 7th annual fundraiser netted $50,485 for 30-30 Ministries, a 501c3 non-profit organization youth ministry whose mission is to use hunting and fishing as a platform…

Shallow Summer Bass On Lake Sinclair

Catch July bass early on seawalls and in grassbeds, and then get them under docks when the sun is bright. That simple plan will put bass in your livewell consistently on Lake Sinclair in the hot summer sun. Two other potential patterns that can sweeten your day are bedding bream and hatching mayflies. Find the right…

Sinclair’s Key To Jug Fishing

Good Friday last month was a really good Friday. On that morning, I experienced the best catfish jugging trip of my life. From the 118 jugs we soaked in the waters of Lake Sinclair overnight on Thursday, April 14, I watched a 210-quart Yeti cooler fill to the point where it wouldn’t close. In the…

Lake Sinclair Record Fish

Largemouth Bass13-lbs., 2-ozs.Jimmy Edge02/10/90
Hybrid Bass10-lbs., 7-ozs.David Phillips11/27/98
Striped Bass42-lbs.Mike Wicks-
White Bass2-lbs., 7-ozs.James Borders Jr.07/12/92
Black Crappie2-lbs., 11.5-ozs.Brent Moye01/22/00
Channel Catfish21-lbs., 5-ozs.Kenny Durden05/02/07
Longnosed Gar15-lb., 3-ozs.Dustin Turk08/18/09
Flathead Catfish39-lbs.Tommy Spell07/19/22
Blue Catfish54-lbs., 4-ozs.Scott Hudson08/23/20
Yellow Perch12.8-ozs.Brent Evans05/04/2020
Spotted Bass3-lbs., 9.76-ozs.Larry Cason05/10/21

Oconee River Below Sinclair Record Fish

Largemouth Bass10-lbs., 3.2-ozs.Tracey Jackson03/26/17
Channel Catfish32-lbs., 6-ozs.Rick Leitheiser04/07/96
Flathead Catfish62-lbs.Brian Estes06/13/99
Striped Bass63-lbs.*Kelly Ward05/30/67
Black Crappie1-lb., 9-ozs.Duke Campbell Jr.04/01/06
Bluegill1-lb., 8-ozs.Duke Campbell Jr.03/31/15
Shellcracker1-lb., 13-ozs.Ben Bell05/29/22
Blue Catfish43-lbs., 2-ozs.Brandon Watts07/09/22
Bowfin7-lbs., 0.32-ozs.Kyle Giddens09/30/22