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

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…

Brandon Key Catfish Tournament Raises $42,000+

Team Bubba Key won first-place and a check for $3,000 in the 100% payback Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament on Lake Sinclair June 5-6. The 6th annual fundraiser netted $42,458 for 30-30 Ministries, a 501c3 non-profit organization youth ministry whose mission is to use hunting and fishing as a platform to share the Gospel of Jesus…

Sinclair Bass Shallow In May

Chad Carver, a longtime GON reader from Baxley and a Lake Sinclair regular, is a master of catching reservoir fish shallow year-round. I’ve been trying to nail down a story on Lake Sinclair with Chad for a couple of years now, but between his schedule and mine, it took us a while to finally get…

BASS Georgia Kayak Championship An Open Event

Georgia B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series will be hosting the first-ever Bass Anglers Sportsman Society Kayak State Championship ever held in the state of Georgia on Lake Sinclair on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. For this year and this year only, the tournament is an open tournament with no qualification necessary other than being a Georgia B.A.S.S.…

94 Pounds Wins Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament

If you noticed a large number of catfish noodles floating in Lake Sinclair the weekend of May 30-31, it was because the 5th Annual Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament was being hosted out of Crooked Creek Marina. The team of Tremaine Dent, of Haddock, and Austin Martin, of Gray, won the event with a five-fish limit…

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