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Latest Allatoona Fishing Report
Allatoona May 2015 Fishing Report
Allatoona: Level: 1.8 feet above full pool. Temp: 68 degrees. Clarity: Light to heavy stain.

Bass: Great. Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “Most bass are done with the spawn and are in the recovery stage in the first week or so of May. May is a month of topwater fun. Postspawn fish are chasing bait. Start off on main-lake points with rock at daybreak throwing a Spro Dawg and a Zara Super Spook. Walk the dog with a fast retrieve, and make sure the fish loads the rod...

Latest Bartletts Ferry Fishing Report
Bartletts Ferry May 2015 Fishing Report
Bartletts Ferry: Level: 0.5 feet below full pool. Temp: 72-75 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Tournament director Dennis Hudson reports, “Topwater fishing is already starting to get good. It will just get better on into May. Hollow-body frogs are already catching some bass, and it will get really good around the bushes, laydowns and seawalls as the bass will be around those guarding fry. The grass will be greening up in May, and the bigger bass will get in that grass. I...

Latest Blue Ridge Fishing Report
Blue Ridge May 2015 Fishing Report
Blue Ridge: Level: Full. Temp: 64-66 degrees. Clarity: Main lake clear, river lightly stained.

Bass: Guide Eric Welch reports, “We’ve had a lot of rain the past two weeks. Water temps have gone up and down, and water level has gone straight up. We’re catching some fish that have spawned out and also finding some in pockets looking to spawn. There has been a little topwater bite first thing in the morning. We’re catching some fish on Texas-rigged worms and...

Latest Burton Fishing Report
Burton May 2015 Fishing Report
Burton: Level: Full pool. Temp: 63 degrees. Clarity: Slight stain.

Largemouth: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The prespawn largemouth bite has been unreal this year. We have had some 30-plus fish days over the last week or two with several fish in the 8- to 9-lb. range! These fish are biting spinnerbaits well and white, 4-inch jerkbaits. Most of the bigger fish have been caught on bluebacks and large shiners. Look for these groups of big females to separate and head toward the...

Latest Carters Fishing Report
Carters May 2015 Fishing Report
Carters: Level: 1.8 feet above full pool. Temp: 65-67 degrees. Clarity: About 6 feet visibility.

Spotted Bass: Guide Louie Bartenfield reports, “Spots are moving up shallow across the lake in search of spawning territory. The wide majority of our fish will spawn in late April to early May. I’m targeting gravel or small chunk-rock banks with SpotSticker jig heads tipped with Big Bite Shaking Squirrels and flukes rigged weightless for the majority of my day. I’m...

Latest Chatuge Fishing Reports
Chatuge May 2015 Fishing Report
Chatuge: Level: 0.6 feet below full pool. Temp: 64-68 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Eric Welch reports, “There has been some topwater action at first light. Keep a Sammy or fluke tied on for the breaking fish. The spawn is about over, but there are still some cruisers in the pockets. The spotted bass have moved back out to their summer patterns. Texas rigs, jigs, drop shots and shaky heads are working. Also target lay downs with a fluke, and if there is wind, throw a...

Latest Clarks Hill Fishing Report
Clarks Hill May 2015 Fishing Report
Clarks Hill: Level: 0.2 feet below full pool. Temp: 71-75 degrees. Clarity: Mostly clear.

Bass: Jon Hair with Greenfish Tackle reports, “The herring spawn is wide open. Fish shallow points and shoals with Zoom Super Flukes and walking topwater baits. When surface activity slows, throw a Carolina-rigged Trick Worm or a Greenfish Tackle Big Rubber Jig. This pattern should last until mid May, depending on how fast the water temperature warms.”

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Latest Eufaula Fishing Report
Eufaula May 2015 Fishing Report
Eufaula: Level: Full pool. Temp: 72-75 degrees. Clarity: Clearing on the main lake, stained in the creeks.

Bass: Excellent. Tournament angler Les Bratcher reports, “The bite on Lake Eufaula has been on fire while the spawn was in full force. It has been taking well over 20 pounds to have a chance to win the tournaments. Bass are in all stages of the spawn, and anglers are catching bass in a lot of ways. Some anglers are sight fishing, some are fishing the shallow grass and...

Latest Hartwell Fishing Report
Hartwell May 2015 Fishing Report
Hartwell: Level: 0.8 feet above full pool. Temp: 66-70 degrees. Clarity: Clear and some stain in the creeks.

Bass: Tournament angler Kerry Partain reports, “The bass fishing has been on fire the last couple of weeks as the blueback herring have moved up shallow to spawn. In the mornings you can catch them on a Zoom Super Fluke and topwater as they feed on the bluebacks shallow. There are also some bass spawning with the full moon, so once the sun gets up good, you can look...

Latest Jackson Fishing Report
Jackson May 2015 Fishing Report
Jackson: Level: 1.6 feet above full pool. Temp: 68-74 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Tournament angler Aaron Batson reports, “Bass fishing is good. Flip wood cover with a 1/4-oz. Net Boy Baits jig in black and brown. Tip the jig with a Trixster Custom Baits Crusty Crawler. Dipping the plastic in J.J.’s Magic will help the bite. Also, fish an all-chartreuse spinnerbait in heavy-stained water for some good shallow fish. Bass will stay shallow with the heavy rains and...

Latest Lanier Fishing Report
Lanier May 2015 Fishing Report
Lanier: Level: 0.5 feet above full pool. Temp: 65 degrees. Clarity: The north end is stained from War Hill Park north and from Laurel Park north. The south end is still very clear.

Stripers: Guide Clay Cunningham reports, “The stripers are finishing up the spring spawn, and the water temperature is in the mid 60s. We are already seeing the females spawned out. Most are coming back down river, and it is time for topwater. The stripers are starting to congregate on points up...

Latest Oconee Fishing Report
Oconee May 2015 Fishing Report
Oconee: Level: Full pool. Temp: 68-72 degrees. Clarity: Stained over most of the lake.

Bass: Tournament angler Aaron Batson reports, “Bass fishing has been excellent. Big females are up shallow feeding and spawning. Look for them in 1 to 3 feet of water for a few more weeks, but the majority of them are moving toward much deeper water. Try a Trixster Custom Baits Craw Flappy or a beaver-style bait on the Texas rig. Good colors are green pumpkin or junebug. Also try some...

Latest Russell Fishing Report
Russell May 2015 Fishing Report
Russell: Level: Full pool. Temp: 65-69 degrees. Clarity: Clear on the main lake and stained in the creeks.

Bass: Tournament angler Kerry Partain reports, “The bass fishing has been good, and there are several patterns working right now. There are still a few fish bedding with the full moon approaching, but this should be the last wave of the spawn. The blueback herring are also spawning, so there have been a lot of postspawn bass up shallow feeding, and you can catch them...

Latest Saltwater Fishing Report
Saltwater May 2015 Fishing Report
Saltwater: Inshore: Capt. Judy Helmey reports, “Although the spotted seatrout has been a little unpredictable over the last few months, May is the month that changes everything. By the time this month rolls around, the spotted seatrout bite is joined up with the flounder bite, meaning two types of fish for one type of bait. As always, live shrimp under an adjustable float or popping cork works like a charm. However, if you are wanting to get your bait closer to the bottom, but not right on...

Latest Seminole Fishing Report
Seminole May 2015 Fishing Report
Seminole: Level: 0.2 feet above full pool. Temp. 73 degrees. Clarity: Muddy.

Bass: Decent. Tournament angler Matt Baty reports, “There has been a pretty good shad spawn early in the morning around shallow grass and lily pads. The bite at this time can be fast and furious and short-lived. You need to use fast-moving baits, such as a spinnerbait, buzzbait or a frog. If fishing pads, use a Spro Bronzeye 65 frog in white with 60-lb. Sunline FX2 braid. Each of these techniques...

Latest Sinclair Fishing Report
Sinclair May 2015 Fishing Report
Sinclair: Level: Full pool. Temp: 70-72 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Tournament angler Aaron Batson and his partner Michael Mincey won the April 25 Berry’s event on Sinclair with 22.14 pounds. Aaron reports, “Bass fishing is excellent. Good baits are 1/4-oz. chartreuse spinnerbaits and 1/4-oz. Rat-L-Traps. There are some bass spawning now, but a major wave of fish has begun to move to summer locations. Look for them to stage on secondary points for a few weeks in 6...

Latest Tobesofkee Fishing Report
Tobesofkee May 2015 Fishing Report
Tobesofkee: Bass: Tournament angler Clayton Batts reports, “Bass are in all three phases of the spawn right now with most of the fish being postspawn. Look for these fish to start feeding up to recover from the spawn. Fish the shad spawn first thing in the morning around rip-rap banks and main-lake grassbeds. These fish can be caught on a variety of baits as long as you see the shad up on the bank. The best baits for me on Tobesofkee during the shad spawn are a white Strikezone Lure Master...

Latest Weiss Fishing Report
Weiss May 2015 Fishing Report
Weiss: Level: 0.4 feet below full pool. Temp: 67-69 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Good. Guide Mark Collin reports, “Most bass are shallow and spawning, and some are still cruising the banks, and some are also coming off the beds. Lizards, jigs, creature baits, spinnerbaits and shallow-running crankbaits are catching fish. The spotted bass are on rocky banks, shallow humps, shallow roadbeds and main-lake points.”

Crappie: Good. “Crappie are being...

Latest West Point Fishing Report
West Point May 2015 Fishing Report
West Point: Level: 0.7 feet above full pool. Temp: 68-74 degrees. Clarity: Mostly clear in the main lake.

Bass: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “Expect the largemouth bite to continue to improve around rip-rap rocks, shallow wood or brush cover or around spawning shad in the shallows. Most largemouth bass spawn as the water warms to around 70 degrees. Most good bed fisherman prefer clear water, so they can target individual fish. They can also be pretty aggravating to...

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