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Fishing Brooks Lake In Rockdale County

Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. With all the praise and positive publicity that’s been given to Rockdale County’s 650-acre Black Shoals reservoir, many anglers have overlooked the better-than-average chance to get your arm broke just a few miles west at Brooks Lake. It’s public, it’s cheap, it’s very accessible, and…

Allatoona Crappie From The Bank

Not everyone can afford to buy and maintain a boat. Don’t let it get you down. There’s people out there by the truckloads who don’t own a boat, and they’re not letting it stop them from catching a cooler-full of fish. They just take a bucket, plop themselves down on it and do their fishing…

West Point Springtime Crappie

It really was like playing musical chairs as a kid. There were three of us that kept circling the floor of a white, 23-foot Carolina Skiff. Each of us was eyeing the other, wondering which lucky angler would be positioned just right when the music stopped, or as was the case, which one would be…

Clarks Hill Bass On The Spawning Flats

Bass fishermen look forward to the month of April like toddlers wait for Christmas. Good things happen in April for fishermen, and Clarks Hill is just about the best lake in the state to take advantage of those good things. If you like catching bass in shallow water, now is the time and Clarks Hill…

March To Lake Varner For Springtime Crappie

Two rods bent over on the front of the boat as we slowly drifted across Lake Varner on a recent breezy afternoon in February. Dennis Young, my partner and guide for the afternoon, grabbed both rods and sat on one as he reeled in the first fish, dropped it in the boat, then quickly  brought…

Bass Fishing

Running Lake Hartwell Brushpiles And Herring Pattern Earns $100,000

With a three-day total weight of 44-lbs., 1-oz., Mike Corbishley takes the victory at stop No. 2 of the National Professional Fishing League (NPFL) season at Lake Hartwell, hosted by Anderson County, S.C. Corbishley had his toughest day of the week with 12-lbs., 9-ozs., on Day 1, added 17-lbs., 7-ozs. on Day 2, and 14-lbs.,…

Lake Hartwell Bass Fishing Tough: NPFL Day 1 Report

Making a key decision to change his approach first thing this morning, Alabama pro Kyle Welcher takes the Day 1 NPFL lead at Lake Hartwell with 16-lbs., 11-ozs. His effort gives him a 7-oz. cushion over Will Harkins going into Day 2. “I gambled a little bit this morning and decided I was going to…

Altamaha River Bass

When it comes to bass fishing, May on the Altamaha River is as good as it gets anywhere in the country. Now I know that’s a bold claim to make, but with the spawn well behind us and the mercury in your thermometer climbing higher by the day, where else can you drop in a…

Hybrid Fishing

Juliette Stripers & Hybrids Go Deep In Summertime

With a hint of excitement in his voice, Lake Juliette fishing guide Jeff Mooney said, “Watch that pole, it’s going down!” He pointed at the rod next to Bob Turner and, as Jeff predicted, a slight bend in the rod became a deep arc toward the water as the striper pulled out line and the…

Clarks Hill Lake Live-Bait Linesides In December

Live-bait fishing for hybrids and stripers can be crazy good this time of year on Clarks Hill, with limits in minutes when the fish are bunched on points and humps feeding on herring—if you’re there at the right time. If you’d like to see proof, take a look at fishing guide Eddie Mason’s Facebook page…

Ocmulgee River Hybrid Record Established

Josh McDonald, of Americus, caught a hybrid bass on April 4 that weighed 7-lbs., 11.84-ozs. that sets a benchmark for a brand-new river record on GON’s Georgia Lake and River Records list. He was spending the day with his older brother Jason and his twin brother Justin. “We are all baseball coaches, so we never…

Striper Fishing

West Point Lake Striped Bass Sets New Record At 40 Pounds

The day of striper fishing on West Point for Mike Steele, of Dallas, was pretty-danged boring until it wasn’t. It ended with him landing a 40-lb. striper that’s a new lake record. He has his buddy Mike Bartlett to thank, and Bartlett wasn’t even the net man. “My buddy and I had fished from daylight…

Georgia SCI Hosts Wounded Warriors For Annual Fishing Weekend

The Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) hosted 31 Purple Heart recipients during its annual Wounded Veterans Fishing Weekend at Lake Lanier July 7-9.  Georgia SCI has hosted the event for more than a decade, providing a full weekend of fishing and fun on Lake Lanier for wounded veterans and their guests. The three-day event,…

Juliette Stripers & Hybrids Go Deep In Summertime

With a hint of excitement in his voice, Lake Juliette fishing guide Jeff Mooney said, “Watch that pole, it’s going down!” He pointed at the rod next to Bob Turner and, as Jeff predicted, a slight bend in the rod became a deep arc toward the water as the striper pulled out line and the…

Catfish Fishing

Giant 72-Pound Clarks Hill Blue Cat Shatters 45-Year Record

You would have to consider it quite unusual if a 45-year-old lake fishing record was shattered by someone fishing from the bank in a community fishing hole that everyone knows about. Well, Walker Crowe is a quite unusual 16-year-old. While others his age are playing video games and worrying about teenage anxieties, Walker is dominating…

Sinclair Dock Fishing For Cats

A lazy, yawning, stretching sun is warm, finally, as it peers across treetops bordering Crooked Creek. Winter’s bite has clung on tenaciously this year. After months of chilling winds, rain and more rain, Lake Sinclair almost feels like home again on this Monday, the second week of April. The old faded vest that has weathered…

Clarks Hill Catfish On The Rocks In May

Flathead catfish are spawning on rocks at Clarks Hill right now, and you can have fun catching them for the next two months. Go after a mess to eat, or try to break the lake record—but be forewarned, breaking a catfish record at Clarks Hill will require a monster fish! The flathead record was set…

Crappie Fishing

Lake Oconee Crappie Head Shallow in April

Ever thought about why crappie gravitate to the shallows in the springtime? To spawn, you say? Well, yeah… but why do they do that? Let that swim around for a bit… Let’s get you in those shallows— specifically on Lake Oconee—and looking for crappie in April as they do their thing around brush and rocks…

Lake Russell Black Crappie Sets New Record

Aaron Jenkins calls Canton, N.C. home now, but his heart will forever be in east Georgia. He makes the three-hour trip home to crappie fish with his dad, Keith, whenever he can. As far as Aaron is concerned, there’s only one Georgia lake in which to fish for crappie. The 31-year-old grew up fishing on…

Satilla Gets Another New Black Crappie Record

Just days after releasing the annual edition of the Georgia Lake and River Records, another river record has already fallen. On Feb. 6, Steven Todd, of Saint George, managed to reel in a 2-lb., 1-oz. black crappie that raised the river-record bar for the species for the second time in the past 13 months. “I…

Bream Fishing

Ohoopee River Bream Fishing On Fire—New Bluegill Record Set

A record is a record, whether you catch it on a cricket or some new-fangled bladed bait. “I like to watch that cork,” said Dylan Durrence, the angler who just broke the new Ohoopee River bluegill record with a fish that weighed 1-lb. 7.52-ozs. on certified scales at Layne’s Sport Shop on Highway 280 in…

Lake Seminole Springtime Shellscackers

Lake Seminole has miles of shallow sandy grass flats and sandbars that are ideal shellcracker bedding areas. Head south to Seminole in April and May with an eye toward panfish, and you are in for some fantastic fishing. Seminole is formed where the Flint and Chattahoochee rivers join to form the Apalachicola River just inside…

Canoochee River Offers Redbreast Quality & Numbers

If anywhere is blessed with river fishing opportunities like that of south Georgia, I haven’t heard of the place, and if it does exist, I’m looking to buy property there. It’s true, no matter where you are in the southern portion of the state, some great river fishing is never far away. Altamaha, Ogeechee, Flint,…

Saltwater Fishing

Queen Triggerfish Added To Georgia Record Books

A Richmond Hill man has set a new Georgia state record category for a queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula), weighing in at 7-lbs., 0.58-ozs. The fish is a new species in the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Program and no prior record existed. The records program committee, made of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff and biologists,…

Fishing Saltwater Bridges

I don’t know if there’s a month I like better than April. With winter fading away quickly, warmer days are here, and the fishing will be fantastic! Just like their freshwater cousins, the bite takes off in the salt this month as reds, flounder, trout and sheepshead all become increasingly active with warming water temperatures.…

Midway Man Shatters Georgia Almaco Jack Record

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced a new state record for almaco jack. Hayden W. Mundy, 24, of Midway, reeled in an almaco jack weighing 19-lbs., 10.53-ozs., while fishing offshore on March 14, 2024, shattering the previous record by nearly 180 percent. Mundy’s record-breaking catch surpasses the previous record of 7-lbs., 0.7-ozs., set…

Trout Fishing

Rainbow Trout On Lake Blue Ridge

It was hours—three or more—and the trout fishing was slow from the git-go. Early March can be that way on the upper Toccoa River, where and when the water temperature is still in the mid-40s under continued-cold nighttime skies that leave frost behind at daylight. It can be downright cold—oftentimes, in the low 20s—in the…

Larger Trout As 2024 Stocking Begins

  As the end of March draws near, trout stocking trucks are loading up high-quality trout to head to your favorite north Georgia waterways. Over 200,000 trout are ready for stocking. Thanks to the long-standing partnership between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resource Division (GADNR WRD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…

Small Stream Magic For Wild Georgia Trout

“Bigger is better!” It’s a common phrase in many circles, and that turn of words might be heard most where fishing takes place… but maybe not in the circles of Georgia fly-fishermen who target trout on Peach State waters. When you join the fold of fly-fishermen who chase trout in Georgia, more often than not,…

Other Georgia Fishing

High School Senior Breaks Lanier Carp Record

One of the keys to being a good fisherman is being observant. North Hall High School senior Charlie White was fishing for bass off his grandparent’s dock on Lake Lanier when he noticed a change. “My grandparents have one of those green lights in the water off their pier, and I noticed that the bass…

Lake Burton Yellow Perch Ties Georgia State Record

Emerson Mulhall, of Cumming, caught a yellow perch that has tied the state record. He was fishing Lake Burton on Feb. 18 when caught the 2-lb., 9-oz. fish. “I was not pursuing perch when I caught her,” said Emerson. “I am mainly a spotted bass and largemouth fisherman, and my friend Jake Maddux and I…

Lady Angler Establishes West Point Gar Record On Video

Now that April Waldrop has been bitten by the record fish bug, the Hogansville woman has set her sights on something even bigger. April was fishing for gar with her husband, Larry, and her two sons on West Point Lake recently when she landed a lake-record longnose gar that weighed 23 pounds. The 52 1/2-inch…