(Info provided by Fisheries biologist Steve Schleiger and region Fisheries staff; Reservoir Fishing Reports Courtesy of Southern Fishing with Ken Sturdivant)
Lake Russell (full, clear, 70’s) – Bass fishing is excellent. First thing in the morning bass are on shallow clay banks and any rip rap or rocks all over the lake feeding on the shad that are spawning. A small buzz bait, a small spinner bait or a ¼ ounce Rat L Trap will work all day. If there is any wind, work the windblown banks with a small crank bait, like a ¼ ounce Rat T Trap in the chrome and black or a number 5 Shad Rap in sliver/black colors. After the shad have moved to the deeper water as the sun comes up move to points and flats with 5 to 7 foot of water and use a zoom finesse worm or a 5-inch lizard in the watermelon seed color fished on a Carolina rig with a 24 inch leader. There are also some good fish being caught off the summer-time points and under water islands around the lake. A Carolina rig fished in these areas will get a lot of fish but most will be small.
Clarks Hill (full, 70’s) – Bass fishing is very good. The bass are chasing schooling bait fish and the top-water bite is really good. Bass will be heavy hanging around the grassy areas. Fish the white spinnerbaits and the soft and hard jerk baits. Zoom pearl Super Flukes are working but take some of these same baits in baby bass as well. All are working along with worms and plastic lizards. The key will be to finding the right patch of grass and the right piece of structure. Use the plastic worms, jigs, jerk baits and Rapala’s in the # 5 AND #7 Shad Raps and also use the Rapala jerk baits in the Olive green and purple ghost.
Lake Oconee (full, the lake is clear, temperature 73-77) – Bass fishing is Continue reading “Georgia Fishing Report: May 20, 2016”