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Reel Time Fishing Guide with Mark Smith


I am a full-time guide and I have been fishing Lake Oconee for over 30 years. I started guiding because of my love for fishing and the enjoyment I get out of teaching people how to fish. I am on the Lowrance Pro Staff which allows me to receive the latest information on electronics and pass this knowledge on.

Thanks for browsing my website, it would be my pleasure to take you and your party out for a fun day of fishing.

The seasons of Lake Oconee:

Spring- Spring is a great time to be on the water. The weather is worming up and the fish are hungry and getting ready for their spawning run. April is probably the best month for catching the trophy fish as they move into shallow water looking for food. Do not over look March and May as they can be just as good as April.

Summer- June can be one of the best months for striper fishing on Oconee. As we move into summer the crappie fishing will just get better and better. Large numbers of great tasting fish. So if its summer fishing that you like give Lake Oconee a try.

Fall- Fall is a very good time to go fishing. As the fall colors are coming out and the fishing is great. Big schools of Striper and Hybrids travel the lake looking for food. The crappie will be stacked up in the timber and they will be feeding on small minnows. It is a great time to enjoy the low humidity and good fishing.

Winter- Winter is the time of year when I look to the skies for direction. Why look to the skies when the fish are in the water? Well I am looking for the sea gulls. That’s right sea gulls. The sea gulls will tell me where the bait is and where the stripers are. So if you are willing to put on your heavy coat and gloves the fishing is real good under the birds.

Preferred Guide of The Ritz Carlton Hotel and The Lodge On Lake Oconee Hotel

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