May Fishing Report

Largemouth bass at Lake Rabun: Because of the cooler temperatures in the mountains, many of the big bass in this 835 acre Georgia Power lake spawn later than on lakes farther south in the Peach State. Lake Rabun is located just west of U.S. Highway 441 about 10 miles south of Clayton and is surrounded with summer homes owned by affluent Georgians. Nevertheless, more than 6 pound bass are common, and bass in excess of 12 pounds are caught here annually.

How-to: Jerkbaits like Rapalas or Bill Lewis Rat-L-Stiks, 6-inch Ranger plastic lizards in pumpkinseed color or live "spring lizards" are the best baits. Cast these in the backs of coves, around visible structure or boat houses for best results.

Keys to success: Because of boat traffic, always fish early in the day for best results. Also, the middle section of this reservoir tends to hold more big bass than the rest, so one should concentrate their efforts in this area.

Contacts: Fishing information and current conditions at Lake Rabun can be obtained by calling the Lake Burton Fish Hatchery at (706) 947-3112. Other information is available from Hall's Boat House by calling (706) 782-4981.

Bream in farm ponds all over the state: It is bedding time for bream state-wide. A cane pole, some crickets or worms and a youngster are all that is needed to have a great day.

Sea trout on the Georgia coast: The tidal rivers and creeks are teeming with trout during the month of May. Call Capt. Judy Helmey at (912) 897-4921.

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