I have always been fascinated with migrations that occur in nature whether it is bird migrations, large animal migrations or those migrations that occur in the world of the fish species. It also amazes me how one species in nature depends on another specie’s migration for their livelihood.

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The top three teams finished within 1.2 pounds of each other at the Berry’s Tournament Trail out of Sugar Creek Marina on Lake Oconee on Saturday March 7. It was a tough day for many anglers as only 21 teams out of 112 could bring a five fish limit to the weigh scales at the end of the tourn…

Hunters are preparing for the upcoming start of the 2020 Georgia wild turkey season, which begins on Saturday, March 20, and runs through May 15. The eastern wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is the largest gallinaceous bird in North America. The turkey is a native of North America and their…

I try each year to write an article about the importance of protecting yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. That applies to any activity that places you in the sun, and fishing is one activity that can account for many hours in the sun. We have had little sun over these last few weeks but …

Anglers in the local area have two programs where they can gain recognition for their catches. One program, run by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (GWRD), is called the Georgia Bass Slam and recognizes black bass catches.

I have written before about the various viewpoints from anglers, landowners and recreational boaters about fishing tournaments and thought that since a new tournament season has begun on Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee, I would again address the pros and cons of fishing tournaments. 

Injuries to anglers were almost unheard of just a few short years ago. Most injuries normally occurred when anglers were inadvertently hooked by a fishing lure or they took a spill getting in and out of a boat. I was once hooked by a lure while trying to remove a feisty hybrid bass and belie…

Every year as the Thanksgiving season approaches, I remain thankful for my childhood memories of Thanksgiving as a young boy growing up in rural south Alabama. Thanksgiving was an important family time and it created many lasting memories for me. Unfortunately for many folks today, it has be…

Lake Sinclair’s 14,750 acres and Lake Oconee’s 19,050 acres are owned and operated by Georgia Power. Both lakes offer good fishing throughout the year and the late fall and early winter seasons can be exceptional times to be on the water. The transition from the hot humid days of summer to t…

Berry’s Fall Tournament Trail on Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair will conclude today, Nov. 16 on Lake Sinclair but Berry’s Tournament Trail is getting ready for their regular tournament season that begins in early December 2019 and runs till the middle of May, 2020. The beginning of 2020 is st…

When bucks start acting weird, it is a good chance that the rutting season is in full swing. According to some local hunters, the fall rutting season has been somewhat delayed or jumbled up due to the unseasonably warm weather that has occurred for a long time in this area. Weather might pla…

When writing about the favorite about food source for largemouth bass I generally only discuss shad. Shad provide a major source of food for largemouth bass but when it comes to the preferred foods, a crayfish is also at the top of the largemouth diet.

Last week’s column discussed some lures that are good for catching largemouth bass in the fall. If you are interested in having a successful fall season using any of those lures or other lures you may choose, success depends on the location of the baitfish. Regardless of the lake species you…

Last week’s article discussed one non-native species, the armadillo. This week, I received information that a non-native and invasive fish species had been found in Georgia. The fish species is the northern snakehead. The initial report about a snakehead in the United States that I personall…

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Last week’s article discussed one non-native species, the armadillo. This week, I received information that a non-native and invasive fish species had been found in Georgia. The fish species is the northern snakehead. The initial report about a snakehead in the United States that I personall…

I put out a trail camera to see what was coming into my yard at night. On any given night deer, opossums, skunks, raccoons, house cats, dogs, bobcats, foxes, coyotes and armadillos were visiting my yard. I thought about putting out a sign that said come see my zoo. Did you know that all but …

The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (GWRD) has been awarding angler’s outstanding catches through two programs and now an additional program has been initiated. The GWRD’s other two programs, which have been in place for several years, are the Angler Award Program and the Freshwater Stat…

As I began writing this article about fall fishing, I was reminded that the temperature today in middle Georgia was 103 degrees and set an all-time record. Not the kind of temperatures one would expect when writing about the fall fishing season. 

Deer hunters took to the woods Saturday, Sept. 14 to kick off the 2019-2020 deer season as the archery season has begun. The weather is still very hot and that may signal a slow start to this year’s deer season. The heat and bugs will mean hunters will need to take special precautions. Avail…

More than 34 million outdoorsmen and women keep the unique American conservation system strong by raising $100,000 every 30 minutes through self-imposed fees and excise taxes. The conservation funding is recognized as the tool that allows every American access to wildlife and places to enjoy…

More than 34 million outdoorsmen and women keep the unique American conservation system strong by raising $100,000 every 30 minutes through self-imposed fees and excise taxes. The conservation funding is recognized as the tool that allows every American access to wildlife and places to enjoy…

The 2019-2020 dove season begins on Saturday, Sept. 7, and each year with its opening, I am reminded of my many trips to numerous dove fields over many years. While growing up in south Alabama, the opening of dove season was a big event every year. It was treated almost like a holiday.  

The Carolina rig is thought by many anglers to only be a summer fishing technique. However, the Carolina rig can be extremely deadly on lethargic largemouth bass during the winter months. The secret to using the Carolina rig in winter is to fish it slow and to use small baits.  

The water temperature has finally dropped into the low 50s, and if the weather forecasts are accurate, we will have colder weather staying around for several more weeks and the water temperature will likely drop into the mid-40s.

As I mentioned in last week’s article, crappie will stack up in underwater trees, stumps and brush piles beginning in mid-June and will stay in those trees until late October or until a significant drop in water temperature occurs. 

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.

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