April 28, 2016

LAKE OCONEE IS FULL, IS CLEAR TEMPRATURE 69 74

Bass fishing is good. At first light look for spawning shad around rip rap. If you locate spawning shad small top water baits like a Pop R will draw a strike. When the sun gets up look around any wood structure, or boat docks. Spinner baits, worked around the wood or docks has been the best producer over the past few days. White or white/chartreuse have been the best color. Small crank baits fished around the docks will draw a strike. A chrome Rat L Trap or a small Shad Rap number 5 or 7 in fire tiger, or shad color will work depending on water color. A shaky head worked under the docks from the middle of the creeks to the back will also draw a few extra strikes.

Striper report by Captain Mark Smith, Reel Time guide service. Call 404 803 0741

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Striper fishing is good. Live bait fished on down lines and flat lines have been producing all week at the dam. Some fish are deep and some are up on the points. You will need to carry shad as well as shiners for the next week or two. The umbrella rig bit is also starting on some of the south points. Some of the fish have left the dam area and are moving up the lake staging on points and humps.

Crappie fishing is good. The fish are in the creeks and large coves. Long lines with double jigs trolled at 1 mph has been the best producer over the past week. Jigs are still my favorite and mix and match the colors during the day.

Captain Mark Smith Bass and Crappie Waypoints for Lake Oconee are on sale NOW. Ask Ken for a sampler. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have the “LOWRANCE Gen 3 Touch” and 3D NEW Lowrance Technology on our boat.

See screen shots of the Lowrance 3D here on the Sonar School page.

Bring any HDS machine only to Lake Lanier and learn it ALL in one day. Call Ken for details.

Ken Sturdivant, Lowrance Professional Fishing Staff will be conducting FREE Sonar Seminar at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville Georgia on Saturday June 25, 2016 at 2pm. Seminar is subject to change without notice. Be sure to see the NEW Lowrance machines coming on www.lowrance.com

April 21, 2016

LAKE OCONEE IS FULL, THE LAKE IS CLEAR, TEMPRATURE 63/67 DEGREES

Bass fishing is good. Look around any wood structure, or boat docks. Spinner baits, worked around the wood or docks has been the best producer over the past few days. White or white/chartreuse have been the best color.  Small crank baits fished around the docks will draw a strike. A chrome Rat L Trap or a small Shad Rap number 5 or 7 in fire tiger or shad color will work depending on water color. A shaky head worked under the docks from the middle of the creeks to the back will also draw a few extra strikes. Some early morning top water feeding is also going on around the shad that are spawning. 

Striper report by Captain Mark Smith, Reel Time guide service. Call 404 803 0741

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Striper fishing is good. The stripers have started their spring run to the dam and up the rivers. Live bait fished on down lines and flat lines have been producing all week at the dam. Some fish are deep and some are up on the points. You will need to carry shad as well as shiners for the next week or two. The umbrella rig bit is also starting on some of the south points. 

Crappie fishing is good. The fish are in the creeks and large coves.  Long lines with double jigs trolled at 1mph has been the best producer over the past week.  

Make sure you stop by Sugar Creek Marina and pick up your spoons and all your tackle needs. You can also book your crappie and striper trips with Reel Time Service at 404 803 0741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lowrance Pro Staff, KEN STURDIVANT will teach a FREE! SONAR Class on Saturday afternoon, May 28, 2016 at 1pm at the Cabela’s store in Greenville, South Carolina. See www.cabelas.com for details.

We have the LOWRANCE Gen 3 Touch and 3D NEW Lowrance Technology on our boat. Bring any HDS machine only to Lake Lanier and learn it ALL in one day. Call Ken for details.

Ken Sturdivant Lowrance Professional Fishing Staff will be conducting FREE Sonar Seminar at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville Georgia on Saturday June 25, 2016 at 2pm. Seminar is subject to change without notice. Be sure to see the NEW Lowrance machines coming on www.lowrance.com

Learn how to use the Lowrance technology with Ken Sturdivant. Get free sonar set up by sending an e mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our On the Water Schools are Rods Reels and Lures for Bass SONAR and we have a Striper school. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology. Call 770 889 2654 or see the details on our web site for more info and dates.fo

For a free set up sheet for your sonar send me an e mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anglers have these books for sale BASS FISHING ON WEST POINT LAKE BASS FISHING LAKE RUSSELL BASS FISHING WEST POINT LAKE and BASS FISHING LAKE HARTWELL. These books have lots of bass fishing and covers every week of the year. Each book $39.00. If you would like a sample of any book send us an e mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We offer these waypoints for sale. You get the coordinates and you load them into your GPS unit

Lake Allatoona for $99.00 Lake Lanier for $99.00 Lake Oconee for $99.00 Lake Weiss for $99.00 Lake Hartwell for $99.00 WAYPOINTS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE

Insight Genesis announces the Varsity Rewards program for high school fishing teams. See this address www.varsityrewards.com for all the details.

Our mailing address is Southern Fishing Schools Inc. 106 Hickory Ridge Cumming Georgia 30040. 770 889 2654

Lake Oconee Information

Weather report for Lake Oconee

Mark Smith Guide Services call 404-803-0741 www.reeltimeguideservice.com
Mark Smith Guide Services
call 404-803-0741
www.reeltimeguideservice.com

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FREE! Sonar Seminars
at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville, GA

Ken Sturdivant, Lowrance Professional Fishing Staff will be conducting seminars are the last Saturday of each month. All seminars are subject to change without notice. Seminars are subject to change without notice.