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 – October 2022

By GON Staff | September 29, 2022

Sinclair: Level: 1.5 feet below 340. Temp: 75-80 degrees. Clarity: Clear as it gets on Sinclair with a possible light stain up the river. Bass: Tournament angler Karl Pingry reports, “Bass fishing is still hot, according to Ed at Lakeside Chevron. It’s taking 19 to 21 pounds for a winning weight these days. The shad have moved all the way to the backs of the coves. In the mornings, fish a black popping frog or a ChatterBait parallel to the shore and grasslines. Ed says the spinnerbait bite has just started and should get better as the water cools. A little stain in the pockets or up the rivers will help with the spinnerbait bite, as well. The crankbait bite has also picked up. A Bandit 200 with a black back and silver sides or a chartreuse back and pearl sides is working, along with a Little Earl or No.…

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Lake Sinclair Fishing Articles

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…

Winter Grass For Sinclair Bass

December is a great month to fish hydrilla beds for quality largemouth. At Seminole? No, at Lake Sinclair! Hydrilla showed up in the river at Sinclair a few years ago and is now widespread all over the lake. It has greatly influenced the bass population, making the average tournament limit increase in weight quite a…

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
Bowfin5-lbs., 2.4-ozs.Shannon Campbell03/13/21