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Lake Oconee Fishing

Lake Oconee Fishing

Lake Oconee is a 19,071-acre lake in Georgia that was created upon completion of the Wallace Dam in 1979. It has 374 miles of shoreline and runs through three counties. Before the reservoir was created, archaeologists detected 3,000 sites here. It would take them until around 2050 to excavate all of them, so construction of the lake couldn't be put off. Archaeologists continue to gradually excavate sites in the lake with artifacts from as much as 10,000 years ago being discovered.

Common catches during Lake Oconee fishing are largemouth bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, striped bass and black crappie. The largest fish caught at Oconee Lake was a 69-pound, seven-ounce blue catfish on September 16, 2016. Another record catch was a 51-pound, 12-ounce flathead catfish on May 11, 2020. Lake Oconee fishing is productive for both offshore and inshore fishing. Other types of fish you can catch here include redbreast sunfish, white crappie, bluegill and white bass.

Because Lake Oconee helps provide power for residents in the area, there is a current through the water. This current encourages fish to be more active. You can catch bass during any season at Lake Oconee. If you're after white bass in particular, March and April are the best months because the white bass are spawning. Summer is the best season for targeting catfish at the lake. If you visit during winter, you are most likely catches are black crappie, striped bass and largemouth bass.



Lake Oconee Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lake Oconee, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Largemouth Bass

  2. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 20.5% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 49 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake Oconee Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

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  3. Bluegill

  4. Bluegill

    There is a 19.67% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 47 Bluegill counted.

    Lake Oconee Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

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  5. Black Crappie

  6. Black Crappie

    There is a 16.74% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 40 Black Crappie counted.

    Lake Oconee Black Crappie Counts Chart
    Black

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  7. Redbreast Sunfish

  8. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 13.81% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 33 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Lake Oconee Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redbreast

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  9. Redear Sunfish

  10. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 7.95% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 19 Redear Sunfish counted.

    Lake Oconee Redear Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redear

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  11. Striped Bass

  12. Striped Bass

    There is a 6.28% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 15 Striped Bass counted.

    Lake Oconee Striped Bass Counts Chart
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  13. Warmouth

  14. Warmouth

    There is a 4.18% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 10 Warmouth counted.

    Lake Oconee Warmouth Counts Chart
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  15. White Bass

  16. White Bass

    There is a 3.35% catch rate for White Bass, based on 8 White Bass counted.

    Lake Oconee White Bass Counts Chart
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  17. Green Sunfish

  18. Green Sunfish

    There is a 2.09% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 5 Green Sunfish counted.

    Lake Oconee Green Sunfish Counts Chart
    Green

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  19. Dollar Sunfish

  20. Dollar Sunfish

    There is a 1.26% catch rate for Dollar Sunfish, based on 3 Dollar Sunfish counted.

    Lake Oconee Dollar Sunfish Counts Chart
    Dollar

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Recommendations above based on 15 species of fish and 239 fish counted for April around Lake Oconee.

To date, there are 35 species of fish and a total of 5766 fish counted for Lake Oconee and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1854 (170 years).

Last Update: 4/18/2024 3:30:01 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Lake Oconee are the following:

  1. Oconee Ridge
    This middle lake ridge runs from the North to the South with this point in the middle. 


  2. Fish Attractor WPT217


  3. Sugar Creek Marina Boat Ramp
    Sugar Creek Marina Boat Ramp


  4. Fish Attractor WPT218


  5. Blow Through
    Blow Through


  6. Fish Attractor
    Fish Attractor


  7. Island Tree
    Good tree in water that holds crappie and bass.


  8. Oconee Island Ledge
    Good deep water ledge off the end of this island that will hold bass.


  9. Submerged Bridge
    Submerged Bridge


  10. Wallace Point
    Good spot for bass with close proximity to deeper water.


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  • Lake Oconee Striper Fishing Report March 20 2024
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  • Lake Oconee Striper Fishing Report March 10 2024
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  • Lake Oconee Crappie Fishing Report March 07 2024
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Top Lake Oconee Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Lake Oconee Fishing Guides
    Lake Oconee Fishing Guide Doug Nelms was born and raised on Lake Oconee. He is a very knowledgeable and passionate about Lake Oconee fishing.

  2. Oconee On The Fly
    Anyone who wants to have an incredible day fishing with Captain Wayne won’t be disappointed. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to catch fish and have a wonderful experience with an amazing individual. He’s very knowledgeable about fly fishin

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Top Lake Oconee Marinas

  1. Fish Tale Marina
    Fish Tale Marina is open seven days a week and offers dry stack storage for boats up to 30 feet as well as trailer storage. Our gas dock is centrally located and our trained service department staff can handle any job, from minor repairs to full main

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