(Fishing report courtesy of Rob Weller, fisheries biologist with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division)
LAKE WALTER F GEORGE
The crappie fishing is going full boar however the recent cooler weather may have slowed them down a bit. However, before the most recent cold front, there were limits being caught. The largemouth bass fishing has also been considered excellent. The fish are being caught in the shallows. As with the crappie fishing, the recent cold front seems to have slowed the bass fishing a bit. Soft plastics and spinnerbaits are currently the bait of choice. Hybrid and striped bass fishing has also been good in the open water and there have been several reports of hybrids being caught further downstream below Columbia Lock and dam. Anglers there have been having success trolling Alabama rigs.
Lots of largemouth bass and crappie are being caught shallow. Look for crappie to be bedding on the edges of the hydrilla or in areas with scattered hydrilla in 4-8 foot depths. A couple of places to try for Crappie would be Ray’s Lake, Three Rivers, and the cornfield. A recent WRD sample at the cornfield showed good numbers of crappie in this location as well as the Three Rivers area of the lake. Small plastic jigs and minnows under a cork are effective. Drop these baits in the pockets in the shoreline vegetation. There have also been reports of some good catches of channel catfish and hybrids. The redear sunfish have also moved shallow and it won’t be long before they go on bead.
The Lower Flint River has risen recently with large amount of recent rainfall. However the water has been receding the past week and fishing should be good for white, hybrid and striped bass in the tailraces below Lake Blackshear in Warwick and below Lake Worth in Albany. The increased flow attracts white bass, hybrids, striped bass as well as catfish. As soon as the water drops a bit and warms expect bream, bass, and catfish fishing to really heat up. The following USGS gauges of river level may be useful when planning your next fishing trip.
The following USGS gauges of river level may be useful when planning your next fishing trip: