Lake Oconee Largemouth Bass Fishing Reports
May 2003

May 16, 2003

Water temperature: 70-73°F

The main lake is stained and most creeks are lightly stained. The water temperatures are holding in the low 70's.

Bass are still feeding on the shad spawn at daylight. These fish are aggressive and can be caught on most anything you want to throw. Some days they will hit small topwater plugs like pop-rs, tiny torpedos and bang-o-lures. Other days they prefer the bait to be down under the surface. These days they eat 1/4 oz white spinnerbaits, rat-l-traps and flukes on leadhead jigs. The new Storm 3 inch swimbait has been working really well on rock seawalls early in the day. Try the seawalls in Sugar creek and also the mainlake area. After the sun gets high back off the shad spawn areas and work carolina rigged lizards and worms in 5-10 foot of water. There have also been a few fish showing up on deeper summertime community holes. These fish are eating 3/4 carolina rigged Zoom finess worms and centepede worms in watermelon and pumpkin seed colors.

May 29, 2003

Water temperature: 74-75°F

The water is light stained over most of the main lake and clearing up some everyday. The water temperature is 74-75 degrees in most places. The lake is holding at full pool.

There are still some shad spawning early in the mornings on riprap and rock seawalls. They have been hitting a Sammy topwater plug really good lately. They will also eat an all white spinnerbait with white willow blades fairly well. The morning bite will not last long unless there is some cloud cover. On overcast days you can literally work topwater all day. On sunny days work deeper main lake points and docks. Work the points with carolina rigged Zoom finesse worms or 6 inch lizards in natural colors. We are still catching some good fish on docks on 1/2 oz brown jigs with green pumpkin chunks. Not many bass are in the backs of coves and creeks any longer. There are some bass starting to eat big deep diving crankbaits like DD22s when water is being pulled from the dam.

These fishing reports were prepared by Aaron Batson and Jerry Whitlock from current personal fishing trips on Lake Oconee. Copyright © 2002-2005

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