Georgia Power’s Lake Oconee is the second-largest lake found entirely within Georgia and is very popular with anglers and boaters alike. Since it is one of the most popular lakes in Georgia, development is heavy on some parts of the lake. In contrast though, a good portion of the lake lies within the bounds of the Oconee National Forest, and is virtually undeveloped. When the lake basin was cleared, construction crews removed most of the timber. Some large stands escaped the saw, and others were topped out 10 feet below full pool. The lake bottom is mostly clay with plenty of rocky outcroppings.
Very little aquatic vegetation grows in Oconee. Oconee is a consistent year-round producer. Although the lake has produced largemouth bass weighing more than 12 pounds, Oconee is not famous for the numbers of trophy fish it produces. Like its sister lake to the south, Lake Sinclair, Oconee is a frequent stop on the Georgia bass tournament trail. Though the lake is popular with weekend tournament anglers, the best fishing is through the work week. Most generation and pumpback occurs Monday through Friday, and when the dam is silent on the weekends, there is no current and the bass become lethargic and finicky. Key species: largemouth bass, crappie, hybrid striped bass, white bass.
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