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 – March 2024

By GON Staff | February 28, 2024

Sinclair: Level: 1.3 feet below 340. Temp: 58-60 degrees. Clarity: Most of the lake is stained to muddy. Bass: Karl Pingry reports, “Big Ed at Lakeside Chevron reports that a recent tournament took 21 pounds and was won in Rocky Creek fishing chartreuse-and-white spinnerbaits in 2 feet of muddy water. The last ABA tournament was won on a Bandit 200 and a Shad Rap. The baits to use on Sinclair, according to Ed, are a turtleback bladed spinnerbait, a Shad Rap and a Bandit 200. There’s also new crankbait made by and sold by Ed, as well. The best colors for all three of these cranks are either chartreuse and pearl or crawfish color.  A 1/4-oz. Texas-rigged Ole Monster in junebug red or a magnum shaky head in junebug are the baits of choice around docks and shallow brush. Ed says to key on heavily stained water, which seems to…

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Lake Sinclair Fishing Articles

73 3/4 Pound Catfish Sets Lake Sinclair Record Then Released

On the afternoon of Jan. 26, long-time buddies Brandon Pitts and Kenny Scott set out on Lake Sinclair in hopes of wrangling some big stripers. Finding gizzard shad of a suitable size for bait proved to be difficult, forcing the anglers to alter their game plan. Unbeknownst to them, it put them on a path…

Barnes Takes Top 150 On Lake Eufaula

Ellaville native Justin Barnes emerged as the winner at the Lake Eufaula ABA-AFT Top 150 tournament after a remarkable turnaround on the second day, June 3. Competing against 117 other anglers, Barnes secured first place with a total weight of 38.16 pounds, earning a prize of $16,400. On the first day of the tournament, Barnes…

8th Annual Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament Raises $60,000 For 30-30 Ministries

Dennis Johnson and his crew won first place and a check for $7,500 in the 100% payback Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament on Lake Sinclair June 10-11. The 8th annual tournament is a fundraiser for 30-30 Ministries, a 501c3 non-profit organization youth ministry whose mission is to use hunting and fishing as a platform to share…

Sinclair Blue Cat Record Caught And Released

About twice a month, James Rowland likes to go to Lake Sinclair with his fishing buddy so they can stock their freezers with good eating-size catfish. The Hartwell native never imagined that he’d ever catch a single blue cat that would seemingly feed half of his hometown. James is the new Lake Sinclair record holder…

MLF Bulldog Sinclair Tournament Won With 20 Pounds

Flint Davis, of Leesburg, caught a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds even last Saturday, May 20, to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Sinclair, presented by Brown Oil Company. The tournament was the fourth event of the season for the BFL Bulldog presented by Mystik Lubricants Division. Davis…

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 Catfish73-lbs., 12.16-ozs.Brandon Pitts01/26/24
Yellow Perch15.04-ozs.Eric Phillips02/09/22
Spotted Bass3-lbs., 9.76-ozs.Larry Cason05/10/21
Warmouth12-ozs.Christopher Leverette02/22/23

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., 6.016-ozs.Benjamin Hammock07/24/23