July 22, 2016

LAKE OCONEE IS FULL, IS CLEAR, 85 90 DEGREES

Bass fishing is fair. At first light fish a buzz bait on sea walls and rip rap from the middle of the coves and creeks to the back. White or white/chartreuse have been the best color. Fishing a Carolina rig on the humps on the south end of the lake has also been producing over the past week. As always during the summer fish the rip rap around the bridges when Georgia Power is pulling water in the afternoons. A rattle trap, spinner bait, or a small crank bait will all produce a strike. Deep diving crank baits off the south end humps will also pick up as we move into summer.

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

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Striper fishing is good. Large schools of stripers and hybrids are moving all over the south end of the lake. Use your Lowrance to locate the schools then drop a live bait or a spoon down and hang on. If you do not see the fish on your Lowrance the keep moving until you find them. The water is hot and the bait will not last long so keep fresh bait on and the fish will feed. Spoons will also put fish in the boat. The early morning top water bite at the dam has also started. Popping corks, spoons, small jigs with a paddle tail grub are all producing.

Crappie fishing is good. The fish have moved into their summer locations. Look on the creek ledges as well as in the deeper timber. Use your Lowrance structure scan to locate the timber with the crappie in it. Once you locate the fish you can use a jig or drop a live bait into the school.

Make sure and stop by Sugar Creek Marina and pick up your spoons and all your tackle needs. 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.

Georgia Outdoor News will host the BLAST! at the Infinite Energy Center, formerly known as the Gwinnett Center, just off I 85 north of Atlanta. The address is 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. The Outdoor Blast will begin this year at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and runs through the weekend until 5 p.m. Sunday, July 31. Meet Lowrance Pros Ken Sturdivant and Captain Mark Smith.

On Saturday, Septemer 24, 2016 2pm at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville, learn SONAR! LOWRANCE PRO STAFF, KEN STURDIVANT

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..

Georgia Outdoor News will host the BLAST! at the Infinite Energy Center, formerly known as the Gwinnett Center, just off I 85 north of Atlanta. The address is 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. The Outdoor Blast will begin this year at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and runs through the weekend until 5 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

We offer these waypoints for sale. You get the coordinates and 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

We recommend Overboard Designs for 2956 Waterworks Road Buford, Georgia 30518 Phone: 678.714.7122.

The NEW! Atlanta Outdoors Expo is March 11 and 12, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center. www.atlantaoutdoorsexpo.com. contact Tim Fearney Show Director at 678 822 9804 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Fax: 770 642 4715

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.