LAKE OCONEE — The technique of drop-shot fishing first became popular in 1999 on the West Coast in clear deep lakes and due to its success there, it spread across the entire country. The technique was initially used exclusively for largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass but these days the technique can be used to catch a number of fish species.
Since most of the publicity surrounding the drop-shot rig involved using the rig in deep clear lakes, many anglers assumed the rig would not work in shallower and sometimes stained water lakes like Lakes Oconee and Sinclair. Compared to our area lakes where most largemouth bass reside in water depths averaging 1-40 feet and the water is often dingy, West Coast lakes produce bass from over 100 foot depths and from water that in many cases is crystal clear.
Hence the drop-shot rig was slower to catch on in the local area but many local anglers will now vouch for its ability to catch fish. Some local anglers are now using the drop-shot rig in almost all water conditions and water depths. The rig’s principles makes much sense and has over time proven to be a successful technique for catching largemouth bass as well as other species on Lakes Oconee and Sinclair.
As I have stated, the rig was originally thought to be primarily a deep water technique for catching largemouth bass. Later in the article we will examine how the rig can be modified to catch just about every species of fish in Lakes Oconee and Sinclair. Some anglers have begun to see the versatility of the drop-shot rig even in shallow water when targeting largemouth bass. But in shallow water the drop-shot competes with the jig head worm rig and the jig head worm rig is preferred by most anglers for shallow water fishing.