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 Articles

Benchmark Record For Yellow Perch From Lake Sinclair

When you think of a yellow perch setting a lake record in Georgia, a mountain lake probably comes to mind, or maybe one of the Savannah River reservoirs where these fish are more common. But Lake Sinclair? Lake Sinclair is middle Georgia epitomized—and not prime yellow perch waters. But Sinclair does have some yellow perch,…

Big Blue Cat Falls Just Short Of Sinclair Record

When she has the chance, Rachel Brown, 25, of Dallas, Ga., accompanies her dad at their family’s Lake Sinclair vacation home. On Thursday, April 9,  they had the chance to go fishing together like they have many times before. “We fished some that afternoon and caught some bass and bream, which is our normal,” said…

Covid-19 Affects Oconee, Sinclair Tournaments

If you enjoy competing in fishing tournaments on lakes Oconee or Sinclair, it may be time to shift gears and do a little yard work. In a statement released on March 30 by Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, he is asking fishing tournament directors to reschedule any tournaments taking place between now and at least…

Sinclair Bass Red Hot In April

The bass spawn, shad spawn, seawalls and grassbeds—March Madness didn’t happen this year, but pay attention to these “Final Four” at Sinclair this month, and you can have a personal best catch of bass. Sinclair had been on fire this year for quality fish, with five-bass limits in the low 20s just placing, not even…

Catch Sinclair Bass Shallow And Deep

Lake Sinclair bass are on their winter pattern. Many fish spend idle time in deep water, but they move up shallow to feed around rocks and wood. They will hit while holding deep, too, so you have many options of where and how to fish this month. Lake Sinclair has been on fire for big…

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