Lake Sinclair

Lake Sinclair is in central Georgia near Milledgeville directly downstream from Lake Oconee on the Oconee River. The 15,330-acre lake is operated by Georgia Power. Bass fishing and crappie fishing are very good and quite popular on Sinclair, and the lake is also home to plenty of catfish. The lake's dynamics changed in 2013 when Georgia Power ceased operation of Plant Branch, which created a warm-water discharge near the Highway 441 bridge area. Even the iconic Plant Branch smoke stacks were brought down. Lake Sinclair stretches through the counties of Baldwin, Hancock and Putnam. Lake Sinclair was created in 1953.

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Lake Sinclair Fishing Report October 2018

Sinclair: Level: 1.6 feet low. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Mainly clear below Twin Bridges with a slight stain above. Bass: Tournament angler Karl Pingry reports, “It’s still hard to find a consistent bite after 11 a.m. Fish topwater on seawalls or the edges of grass early. A black or white double bladed buzzbait with small blades seems to be a consistent bait early. It will work as long as you have shade. Flip docks or fish small crankbaits and 1/4-oz. spinnerbaits near seawalls with rip-rap

Sinclair Lake Records
Largemouth Bass13-lbs., 2-ozs.Jimmy Edge02/10/90
Hybrid Bass10-lbs., 7-ozs.David Phillips11/27/98
Striped Bass42-lbs.Mike Wicks-
White Bass2-lbs., 7-ozs.James Borders Jr.07/12/92
Black Crappie2-lbs., 11.5-ozs.Brent Moye01/22/00
Channel Catfish21-lbs., 5-ozs.Kenny Durden05/02/07
Longnosed Gar15-lb., 3-ozs.Dustin Turk08/18/09
Flathead Catfish36-lbs., 11.2-ozs.Buck Eubanks11/12/11
Blue Cat51-lbs., 14-ozs.Jeffery Goodman05/09/18
Oconee River Records - Below Sinclair
Largemouth Bass10-lbs., 3.2-ozs.Tracey Jackson03/26/17
Channel Catfish32-lbs., 6-ozs.Rick Leitheiser04/07/96
Flathead Catfish62-lbs.Brian Estes06/13/99
Striped Bass63-lbs.*Kelly Ward05/30/67
Black Crappie1-lb., 9-ozs.Duke Campbell Jr.04/01/06
BluegillBluegill1-lb., 8-ozs.Duke Campbell Jr.03/31/15
Shellcracker1-lb., 10.4-ozs.MacKay Bloodworth05/04/05