Oconee: Level: Full pool. Temp: Upper 80s. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Tournament angler Mark Denney Jr. reports, “August is a tough month for an angler, no matter where you are, and Oconee is no exception as water temperatures and fishing pressure reach their climaxes during the summer months. Fish should be able to be caught first thing in the morning on a spinnerbait and various topwater lures such as a Pop-R or buzzbait. Try covering as much water as possible before the sun gets up to catch any active fish in the area. Once you get a few bites, slow down and work those same areas over with a jig or Texas-rigged worm. A slow presentation around docks and blowdowns is key in order to catch those finicky summer bass. Once the sun gets up, target offshore points and brushpiles in 15 to 25 feet of water with a crankbait, jig or Carolina rig. When all else fails, a shaky head and drop shot are both good ways to catch a few decent keepers and should be consistent producers throughout August.”