Well with the big tournament season for the Harris Chain now complete, it is time for our fish to settle down and start being caught by us locals. If anything was proven the last couple of months out here on the chain, it is that our fishery is alive and well. It is still taking 20+ lbs. to win local tournaments, after having three Major Tournaments in two months. Lipless crankbaits, and moving soft plastics at the mouth of canals have been great. Baits like chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, and frogs are starting to produce. Dora and Harris have been producing numbers, while Griffin has been the size lake. Stripers are showing up in Harris in the usual spots (Yalaha and Johnsons Point). Medium shiners and lipless crankbaits are the go to.
Shellcrackers are in thick now and will continue through June into July. Grass shrimp have been the #1 bait selection with red worms right behind. Lilly pad fields are the way to go. I tell people you will smell the spawn when you are close with a fishy smell giving their location. Dead River, Haines Creek, and Cracker Cove will be the starting points for most seasoned shellcracker anglers. Stop in and get all your live bait needs, and as always if we know, you will know. Be safe and we will see you on the water.