By R. Alan Richardson
The Lake Oconee Fishing Report for October from the GON reports that the lake was clear up until the storm front from Michael rolled through. Fishing above the I-20 Bridge will especially have stained waters throughout the next few days. Before the rains, Oconee was seeing lower that normal fill levels. Hopefully, the intense rains for this week will help bring the Lake back to full pool levels.
According to reports, the fishing right now is still tough as the days shorten. Some anglers project that with the cooling temperatures this week and next and the water moves to below 80 degrees that fishing should be better for all species, especially largemouth. These fish will move into more shallow areas as the water temperature begin to fall.
Our reports indicate that crappie fishing will improve throughout the month although nice catches are being taken now in trees and brushpiles 4-10 feet deep with a few being found under docks and other shallow areas like creek mouth slopes.
Our pond and kayak experts tell us that the reservoirs in Morgan and surrounding counties are producing some nice catches of largemouth bass as well.
Bow season is in full swing with record whitetail being taken all over the state. Avid local outdoorsman, Bill Ashburn, took his biggest trophy to date this past week with his bow. (See photo).