BY CAPTAIN WAYNE MOORE – USCG LICENSED
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Looking back on this time in 2023, conditions were very similar. I am writing on February 14th and this week we had a ton of rain. The lake is heavily stained even in Richland Creek. However, the water temperature today is 58 degrees and when the water clears, we will begin very good fishing for crappie, hybrid bass and striped bass.
I encourage you to call or text me at 404-317-9556 or e-mail me at email@example.com to reserve your fishing date well in advance as I anticipate a very busy schedule for the next several months.
Last year on February 21st, I had the best fly-fishing day of the year catching 12 nice hybrids in less than 2 hours. The gulls were telling us where the bait fish could be found, and Georgia Power was generating in the afternoon. Below is a picture of one of the hybrid bass and the clouser fly I used. Fly fishing here is all about timing and it’s a good idea to bring spinning tackle in case the fly bite is slow. I always advise my fly-fishing customers about current conditions. Moving water from Georgia Power generating or pumping water up from Lake Sinclair is key.
Hybrid Bass & Striped Bass:
As I mentioned above, the gulls will still be here hopefully through the first week in March. When they are here, Hybrid Bass and Striped Bass can be taken on flies but many of my clients prefer spinning tackle. One technique is to cast spoons at the schooling fish. This is a great technique as you can cast the spoon a long way and avoid spooking the fish. If the fish are not feeding on the surface, jigging the spoon typically in water 25 feet deep or deeper can yield large numbers of fish. It’s a great way for kids to fish! We will also troll Mini Macks which are a small umbrella rig sold by Captain Mack Farr.
Below is a customer with a 10lb plus striper caught trolling a Mini Mack last March.
Crappie fishing is about to fire up. The bigger fish are caught pre spawn in February and early March. The fish will migrate from below 44 up the lake and above I-20.
They are looking for warmer water and the shallow water above I-20 over a mud bottom is just the ticket. We will either be pushing eight 14-foot rods out of the front of the boat (trolling very slowly with jigs tipped with minnows) or pulling (trolling around .09 MPH) eight rods out of the back of the boat usually with double jigs.
Either way, these fish are often large and always fine table fare!
Tight Lines and God Bless.
Capt. Wayne Moore
Oconee On The Fly, Inc.