Hunters had been anticipating the beginning of the 2017 Georgia turkey season and it finally began on Saturday, March 25 and runs through May 14. The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (GWRD) says that the 2017 turkey season will be better than 2016 which was only rated fair.

Crappie are one fish specie that most anglers will readily agree can bring great satisfaction when they are biting but can lead to frustration when they refuse to bite. Crappie have earned the description “finicky biters” honestly, but anglers have come to better understand why these fish wi…

I was first introduced to worm fishing as a young boy. I am referring to the plastic worm that has undergone many changes as well as the worming techniques used by anglers to catch largemouth bass.

It is difficult to address winter fishing when the temperature is in the middle 70’s. But I began a series of articles discussing catching various fish species during the winter months because I was expecting some cold weather to arrive. I was fishing this past week in a short sleeve shirt a…

The 2016 archery season is well underway now and will run through Jan. 8 in our area of the state. During the entire archery season hunters can harvest either sex. The bow and arrow used in today’s hunting is nothing like the equipment used by the American Indian when the first explorers arr…

Several outdoor events are available as the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches. Most significant is the opening of the 2016/2017 dove season in Georgia. You can begin hunting doves on Sept. 3 statewide in Georgia.

The squirrels in my neighborhood have been less active during this unusually hot summer. Maybe they will become a little more active now that the 2016/2017 squirrel season has arrived in Georgia. The lengthy squirrel season began Aug. 15 and runs until Feb. 28.

Over the last few weeks. I have discussed catching catfish in Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee using standard rod and reel equipment. Those articles generated emails from readers of those columns asking about other ways to catch catfish like noodling and jugging. This week I will discuss noodling.

You might not know what a circle hook is but if you do much angling for catfish you need to know about this great hook. In fact, circle hooks have been around for hundreds of years and hooks used by the Hawaiian people over 1000 years ago look much like our modern day circle hook.

When the weather turns hot in middle Georgia and it will very shortly, few anglers target crappie except at night around lighted boat docks or under lights dropped over the side of a boat around channels and bridges. Truth is you can catch good numbers of crappie during the hot daylight hour…

Spawning for all the lake’s game fish is spread out between a water temperature beginning at around 58 degrees and ending at around 80 degrees. Even though both Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee have flathead, blue and channel catfish, there are spawning variations even within the catfish family…

Lakes Sinclair and Oconee both have good populations of striped, hybrid and white bass and each of these fish species looks and acts different. I have received many questions over the years from anglers asking help in identifying their catch especially when distinguishing between these three…

When I was on the lake about this time last year, I heard and then saw a large flock of whooping cranes making their way back north from their wintering grounds in Florida. This year I have already seen songbirds that left the area before the onset of winter beginning to show up again at my …

Each spring when the fishing begins to improve after a cold winter, many anglers are disappointed on their first trip to the lake. That disappointment occurs when the angler turns the key to crank their boat and hears either nothing or a whining noise from the boat’s main motor. The angler m…

Lake Conditions – The main lake remains heavily stained and even muddy in some areas but the water is clearing in some areas including Richland Creek. Rain this week may reverse the clearing trend.

Anglers who target crappie and especially those who target crappie throughout the winter have seen their efforts impacted by a series of weather fronts that have dropped water temperatures and kept the waters in Lakes Oconee and Sinclair chocolate colored for several weeks.

Areas directly below dams normally are hotspots for a large numbers of fish species. Recruitment of both game and forage species from the lake above the tailrace in combination with good quality water in the tailrace can produce an excellent almost untapped sport fishery below some dams.

In last week’s article, I discussed the materials that can be used in building fish attractors and this week I plan to discuss some locations you might want to consider when actually placing the attractors in the water.

All species of fish in Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee go through a transition when fall weather gives way to winter conditions. You cannot look at the calendar to get an answer to when this transition will occur. The transition I am referring to relates to water temperature and its impact on …

Lake Conditions – The main lake is heavily stained/to muddy up the rivers with moderate stain elsewhere except in Richland Creek.

Back in 2011, a new lure hit the market that was expected to change the world of fishing. The Alabama rig became famous almost overnight when fishing professional Paul Elias caught a huge weight of fish on the rig to win $100k at a professional fishing event on Lake Guntersville in Alabama.

Thirty-eight million Americans hunt and fish, making those activities the largest outdoor sporting events in the country. Individual hunters average spending $1,638 each year on hunting activities while anglers spend $1,046 each year on fishing activities.

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