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Latest Allatoona Fishing Report
Allatoona January 2015 Fishing Report
Allatoona: Level: 16.3 feet below full pool. Temp: Low 50s, warmer closer to dam. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “Fishing is great as we enter into 2015. Expect things to slow a little toward the end of the month as temps begin to get into the lower 40s. This time of year is when we see a shad kill, if it does occur. As of right now, fishing is great with the Float-n-Fly bite in full swing. Fish the Red Rooster Carters Special on 9 to 12 feet of...

Latest Bartletts Ferry Fishing Report
Bartletts Ferry January 2015 Fishing Report
Bartletts Ferry: Level: 0.9 feet below full pool. Temp: 50 degrees. Clarity. Clear.

Bass: Tournament angler and trail director Dennis Hudson says the bass were scattered leading into January, but they are now starting to settle down as they get in that typical dominant January pattern. “In January, you look for those nice cold days when you get a north wind blowing into the piers and seawalls,” he said. “That cold north wind piles the bait and bass up good on the...

Latest Blackshear Fishing Report
Blackshear January 2015 Fishing Report
Blackshear: Level: 2.7 feet low. Temp: 50-53 degrees.

Crappie: Rusty Parker reports, “The Crisp County Power Commission started raising Blackshear to its normal level back on the Dec. 15, and so far it’s kind of slow. Rain is coming the next few days and should have it full soon. The crappie have been biting fairly good lately. I have been having great luck when fishing the channel ledges where the average depth is around 20 to 28 feet deep. For the past few days, it...

Latest Blue Ridge Fishing Report
Blue Ridge January 2015 Fishing Report
Blue Ridge: Level: 15 feet low. Temp: 47-48 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Eric Crowley reports, “The spots and smallies are cruising the rocky bottoms in the creek mouths and the transition areas from rock to hard-clay bottom near the bends in the river. Star Creek, the area around Point 1 and the middle section of the main river are all producing fish. Live bait, jigging spoons and large-profile jigs in crawfish colors are my go-to baits this time of year.”
Latest Burton Fishing Report
Burton January 2015 Fishing Report
Burton: Level: 12.5 feet low. Be careful. The ramp is just below the water level. Be sure to check closely before trying to launch. Temp: 48 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “Start out the morning alternating a Super Fish (
Super Spin) tipped with a white fluke and a jerkbait on the main-lake points. As the day warms, move to the clay banks, and throw a white crankbait that dives to the 8- to 12-foot range. If the wind picks up, throw a double...

Latest Carters Fishing Report
Carters January 2015 Fishing Report
Carters: Level: 2.4 feet low. Temp: 52 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Good. Guide Louie Bartenfield reports, “The fish are in full winter pattern and are from shallow to deep across the lake and river. My guys have boated fish on everything from Float-n-Fly and jerkbaits in 10 feet of water to football jigs and SpotSticker jig heads in 40 plus feet of water over the past couple of weeks. As January approaches, look for more of the same. The deep bite will continue to...

Latest Clarks Hill Fishing Report
Clarks Hill January 2015 Fishing Report
Clarks Hill: Level: 6.2 feet low. Temp: Mid 50s.

Bass: Good. Tournament fisherman Jon Hair reports, “The better fish are coming in ditches or pockets with hydrilla. Start out in 20 feet, and work shallower. Use Greenfish Tackle Shin Spin jig heads with a Super Fluke or Super Fluke Jr. Also throw Greenfish Tackle Creeper Heads and Big Rubber jigs. Keep a weightless fluke ready for any fish you see breaking. Later in the day, throw small crankbaits, like Shad Raps or other...

Latest Hartwell Fishing Report
Hartwell January 2015 Fishing Report
Hartwell: Level: 5.6 feet low. Temp: Mid 50s.

Stripers: Guide Preston Harden reports, “January is a transition month on Lake Hartwell. Stripers, hybrids and bass are still active early in the month. If we have a cold winter, fishing usually slows down by late January. Fish will eat small flukes on jig heads and bucktails. They will eat small clouser flies. They will eat herring, but medium shiners work better sometimes. The key is to imitate the small threadfin shad that...

Latest Jackson Fishing Report
Jackson January 2015 Fishing Report
Jackson: Level: 0.7 feet low. Temp: 50-53 degrees. Clarity: Clear to lightly stained.

Bass: Fair. Tournament fisherman Aaron Batson reports, “Look for big spots down the lake. They are eating jerkbaits and Fish Head Spins. Look for them suspended in 15 to 20 feet of water out over points and timber in 30 to 35 feet of water. They like a very slow-moving bait. We are seeing some good 3- to 4-lb. spots doing this. Also, look for some good shallow bites on docks in 3 to 8 feet...

Latest Lanier Fishing Report
Lanier January 2015 Fishing Report
Lanier: Level: 3.9 feet low. Temp: Low 50s. Clarity: The water is clear on the main lake and lightly stained in the creeks and rivers.

Stripers: Big Fish On Lake Lanier Guide Service reports, “Striper fishing is good, and the shallow-water bite is picking up. The key on the south end has been sea gulls and loons. There is a significant difference this year with feeding loons. In years past, you never saw a loon feeding in the backs of the creeks and in water less than 10...

Latest Oconee Fishing Report
Oconee January 2015 Fishing Report
Oconee: Level: Full. Temp: 49-53 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Fair. Tournament fisherman Aaron Batson reports, “There are some deep and shallow fish. The deeper fish are on shad in 18 to 35 feet of water. Some are holding in standing timber at these depths, also. The best bait for them is a 7/8-oz. War Eagle jigging spoon in silver or white. Also mix in a fluke on a 3/8-oz. jig head. Look for bait on the Lowrance, and fish for them vertically right under the boat. The...

Latest Russell Fishing Report
Russell January 2015 Fishing Report
Russell: Level: 1 to 2 feet below full pool, depending on generation. Temp: 50 degrees.

Bass: Kerry Partain reports, “The bass fishing is the best it’s been all year, and I expect it to stay that way through January. The baitfish are stacked up, and the bass are feeding strong. The weather conditions have a big impact on which baits I am using on any given day. On overcast days, the bait is moving more, and you can catch them on a Fish Head Spin and a jig. The spots...

Latest Saltwater Fishing Report
Saltwater January 2015 Fishing Report
Saltwater: Inshore: Capt. Judy Helmey reports, “As the month of January rolls around, the coastal inshore fish that are migrating have left, and the ones that are staying have gone into the hibernation mode. Spotted seatrout during this time are normally wintering in deep holes in the creeks, rivers or sounds. The best way to catch spotted seatrout when in the hibernation mode is to use small freshwater jigs with curly tails or paddle tails and 4- to 6-lb. test main line. As far as main...

Latest Seminole Fishing Report
Seminole January 2015 Fishing Report
Seminole: Level: 1 foot low. Temp. 55 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Aaron Crews said, “Deep crankbaits and jerkbaits having been working for bass. I suspect a red 3/4-oz. Rat-L-Trap will start to work. If it turns colder, then a 1/2-oz. Little George, Heddon Sonic or Silver Buddy will work. Also, drop shots will start to work.” Tournament fisherman Matt Baty reports, “The water temps are down, and the grass is dying. This has made the lipless crankbait...

Latest Sinclair Fishing Report
Sinclair January 2015 Fishing Report
Sinclair: Level: 1.8 feet low. Temp: 50-54 degrees. Clarity: Light stained.

Bass: Good. Tournament fisherman Aaron Batson reports, “Look for a bite on deep seawalls with 1/2-oz. ChatterBaits and spinnerbaits. Slow-roll these baits in 4 to 8 feet of water. The key is very slow. Sometimes a yo-yo presentation is best. They can also be caught down near the dam in clearer water on drop-shot worms, like a Wackem Crazy Baits Big Sissy worm or a Trixster Baits Money Maker worm in...

Latest Tobesofkee Fishing Report
Tobesofkee January 2015 Fishing Report
Tobesofkee: Level: Full. Temp: 60-62 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Tournament fisherman Clayton Batts reports, “Fishing has been good as they have finally moved into their winter patterns. Fish main-lake rock and docks that are close to deep water. Fish these areas with a 3/8-oz. black/blue Secret Lures jig with a green-pumpkin Big Bite Baits chunk. Another good option around the main-lake rock and rip-rap is a Spro Little John in citrus or nasty shad, depending on the...

Latest Weiss Fishing Report
Weiss January 2015 Fishing Report
Weiss: Level: 5.5 feet below full pool. Temp: 50 degrees. Clarity: Clear to lightly stained.

Bass: Fair. Guide Mark Collins reports, “Bass have moved back to the old creek and river channel ledges. Carolina-rigged plastics, Texas-rigged Senko worms and jigs are producing well right now. The ledges in Little River and the Chattooga River are producing the best.”

Crappie: Great. “They have moved off the ledges and are suspended in the creek and river...

Latest West Point Fishing Report
West Point January 2015 Fishing Report
West Point: Level: 6.9 feet below full pool. Temp: 50. Clarity: Light stain.

Bass: Fair. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “As the weather continues to cool down and the lake level continues to drop, expect more fish—especially spotted bass—to stack up on deeper structure such as humps, ledges, roadbeds and brushpiles in at least 15 to 25 feet of water. Drop-shot worms, jigging spoons or a green-pumpkin worm on 1/2-oz. football-head jig are good choices for a mixed...

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