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Winter Bass On West Point
West Point is an excellent lake to have fun catching bass right now, especially if you follow the tips of a local expert who can catch winter bass shallow, deep and in between.

West Point, located on the Chattahoochee River along the Georgia-Alabama border, has a good population of both spotted bass and largemouth. It is a fairly new lake, dammed in the late 1970s, so there are a lot of roadbeds under the water and wood cover both on the shoreline and in deeper water. While new...

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When you think about world-class spotted bass fishing, Lake Lanier probably instantly comes to mind. Just a little farther north is Lake Burton, a beautiful, much less crowded lake that is full of big...

Clarks Hill largemouth are a different breed. I was there a couple of weeks ago with Jon Hair, a regular on the tournament scene on this east Georgia reservoir, and we had a blast on an 85-degree...

There is no way around it... bass fishing is tough in August no matter where you go. Hot days make you drip with sweat, and hot water makes bass feed less, especially during the day. But you can catch...

Potential Seatrout Regs Need More Soak Time If Implemented
Discussions on a potential increase in the minimum-size limit on spotted seatrout that will initially result in fewer fish for the fryer—but over time could greatly improve the quality of these inshore fish—will continue as Georgia’s Fin Fish Advisory Panel (FFAP) gets back together in the first quarter of 2015.

“When you compare and contrast us to other states.... we have the most liberal trout regulations on the Eastern seaboard. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s just a fact,” said Spud Woodward, director for DNR’s Coastal Resources Division.

Georgia’s current seatrout creel limit is 15 trout per angler per day, and trout must measure 13 inches to keep. Spud explained that once trout begin to measure longer than 13 inches, they start to add weight.

“A fish between 14 and 15 inches is roughly 25 percent heavier than a fish between 13 and 14 inches. They start putting on more girth...

Scary Incident For Trout Fisherman On The Hooch
So I’m pretty embarrassed about this, but I feel like I should share it as a cautionary tale. You can never be too careful, even when the conditions are perfect...

My day started around 6 a.m. when I headed up to Island Ford on the Hooch. I haven’t gotten to get in the...

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GIANT Cats Showing Up Everywhere
May is the time to catch a giant catfish!

GON has been tracking down reports of a number of jaw-dropping flatheads and blues in recent weeks, and we are going to showcase those huge catfish in the June issue of the magazine.

One of those giant cats was caught by Will Bernard, of Watkinsville, at Lake Oconee on April...

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