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.


Lake Sinclair Resources

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 Articles

Quality Sinclair Bass In March

Sometimes a graph adds more frustration to a bass-fishing situation than it does to help the cause. Such was the case for Jim Windham and I on Lake Sinclair last week. “There’s a pile of fish down there,” Jim said as his boat drifted over the point we’d just pulled crankbaits across. The graph was…

Shoot Docks For Sinclair Postspawn Crappie

There’s plenty of different techniques you can use to load up a stringer slap full of crappie — corked minnows, tight-lining, trolling, jigs, jigging spoons and probably even a few more that I haven’t tried. Last month on Lake Sinclair I got to learn a different and very enjoyable crappie-fishing technique — shooting docks. Shooting…

Sinclair Summer Bass On River Ledges

You just know August bass fishing after a long, hot, dry summer is going to be tough. You probably don’t think of Sinclair as a good place to go, unless you are planning a night trip to fish lighted docks. But Sinclair may surprise you. Mike Blackshear and Rick Compton brought six bass weighing 16.7…

Lake Sinclair Black Crappie Record

Brent Moye, of Macon, was fishing a bass tournament on Lake Sinclair in late January when he landed a record-breaking 2-lb., 11.5-oz. black crappie. Brent and his brother Craig were vertical jigging 1/4-oz. Hopkins spoons over a school of shad on the main lake near Nancy Brach when Brent set the hook on what he…

Sinclair Lake Record Hybrid Bass

David Phillips, of Milledgeville, caught this 10-lb., 7-oz. lake-record hybrid on Lake Sinclair on Nov. 27, 1998.

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