March Fishing Report

Crappie on Lake Oconee: The upper reaches of this 19,050 acre Georgia Power lake have become legendary to early spring crappie fisherman from all over the south. The best part of Lake Oconee during March is located slightly above I-20 and almost mid-way between the towns of Madison and Greensboro, Georgia.

How-to: Slow trolling with an electric motor or drifting across 3 to 4 feet deep flats near the main channels are the most productive methods. Troll or drift over the flats with a rig consisting of a 3-inch chartreuse, curly-tailed grub on a lead-head jig tied to the bottom, a green and yellow Hal Fly about a foot above that and an oblong float on the surface. The rig shouldn't be more than 1 to 2 feet deep.

Keys to success: Fish the backwater flats off the main channel of the Oconee River from the Indian mounds north. On the Apalachee River, fish up-river from the first bridge above the confluence of the two rivers.

Contacts: Blue Springs Marina, located just north of the 1-20 bridge on the Apalachee River, can be contacted at (404) 342-9442. Guide service is available from Tony Couch at (404) 342-0194.

Bluefish along the Georgia coast: These vicious predators visit Peach State waters in great numbers during the month of March. Contact Capt. Judy Helmey at (912) 897-4921.

Hybrid and striped bass on Lake Hartwell: Just follow the diving birds and one can catch plenty of big hybrids and stripers on this lake in March. Contact Allan Sheriff at (706) 779-2668.

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