After a long summer, fall is finally here, and with the dropping temperatures, the crappie action is heating up in reservoirs all across the state. Lake Oconee is no exception. This impoundment between Atlanta and Augusta on Interstate 20 is well-known as an excellent fishery, and the crappie population is responsible for a good portion of that reputation.
I had the pleasure of fishing Oconee with Doug Nelms, of Covington, in mid October. Doug is a full-time guide, who has been fishing Oconee for longer than 14 years. He guides parties in pursuit of both linesides and crappie, but this time of year, he spends a lot of time chasing the big slabs.
I met Doug at the marina in Lick Creek at midday on a Friday. Aboard were Shane Gaston and his wife Sonia, as well as Sonia’s father Donnie Canady, all of Covington. They had booked a full day of fishing with Doug and had been out that morning. I knew it would be a good day when there were already more than...