What type of fish are in Lake Sinclair?

Recently someone asked me what kind of fish are in Lake Sinclair? I had to do a little research and I suppose that some could have been put in by consumers that are not reported on the DNR website, but for the fish that good eating below are the breeds found in Lake Sinclair and the legal limits you can catch per day.

Found in Lake Sinclair are: 

  • Largemouth Bass (limit 10 per day)
  • Smallmouth Bass (limit 10 per day)
  • Spotted bass (limit 10 per day)
  • Shoal Bass (limit 10 per day)
  • White bass (limit 15 per day)
  • Hybrid white-striped bass (limit 15 per day)
  • Channel catfish (no limit)
  • Flathead catfish (no limit)
  • Black Crappie (limit 30 per day)
  • Sunfish, redear (limit 50 per day)
  • Sunfish, redbreast (limit 50 per day)
  • Sunfish, bluegill (limit 50 per day)

*side not that we have streets locally named Sunfish & bluegill and now you know why

The Georgia DNR has available on line Fishing regulations for Georgia and Licensing and permit information as well.  Persons may fish from their own property or dock (as well as immediate family) without a license, but daily limits still apply and can be enforced. If you fish from a boat you must have a license.

In the photo is Abigail 20 years ago with a largemouth bass caught from Lake Sinclair. She however did not catch it. We "borrowed" it to take this photo on this dock of a lot I had on the market.  We sold that lot three days after this ad was published.

I know a lot about Lake Sinclair, but I also know when to refer you to the local expert as well"Big Ed" as he's know to the local community can tell you both where and what the fish are biting. Lakeside Bait & Tackle is the name on the front of the store, but locally it's known better as Big Ed's. He's off on Tuesday though, so make sure not to start fishing on Tuesday if you need to know where or what they are biting.

I've enjoyed many fish fries with catches from Lake Sinclair in my life and hope to enjoy a few more.Donald needs to go fishing more. I need to get my parents and brother to plan a float fish night to take him fishing.  It's been a long while since we had a fish fry. They are best fried outside in a cast iron pot with my mama's cole slaw, hushpuppies and cheese grits. 

And of course if you'd like your own dock to fish from on Lake Sinclair we can help you find just the perfect fishing spot. Give our office a call today and we'll start looking for your perfect fishing spot. You'll have to make your own cole slaw, hushpuppies and cheese grits.

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Comment balloon 16 commentsTammy Lankford, • August 14 2016 11:27AM


Hmm, I don't think I would want to be a fish, since me swimming skills are not the best, haha.  If I had to choose from that list though, I would go with bluegill.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 2 years ago

I love the picture of Abigail and love how you used it to sell. Pretty good "staging" if you ask me!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 2 years ago


Love fresh fish right out the lake, sea or ocean.  There is something so primal about it.  Great info on Lake Sinclair's fishing rules.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 2 years ago

That's a whopper of a fish that child caught - looks very relaxing Tammy Lankford, - thanks for sharing

Posted by Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582 (Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 2 years ago

I like fishing - too bad I'm not very good at it - thanks for your insights Tammy Lankford, 

Posted by Jessie Cochran, Panama City Realty Group (Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Hi Tammy

There is nothing better than fresh fish, although I am not keen on catching or cleaning them. You sure are the local expert on everything about Lake Sinclair, and know others who are as well, like Big Ed.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 2 years ago

Great local post, Tammy!  I love that picture of Abi - the fish was about as big as she was!!  What is DNR?  (The only thing that comes to this old nurse's mind is Do Not Resuscitate!)

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 2 years ago

Tammy, Excellent post giving local residents a lot of information concerning fishing in Lake Sinclair and in the sttae of Georgia. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 2 years ago

Abigail looks so cute holding that fish. I love fresh fish and try to eat it as much as possible.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 2 years ago

Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® I don't eat as much as I should because I really dislike the cleaning part and I don't trust the fish from the grocery store too much.

Robert Bob Gilbert I wish I liked "fishing" more.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

Debe Maxwell that made me laugh, I never really thought about that and with Abigail in healthcare I should have, but DNR in this case is Department of Natural Resources.  They are the law enforcement for hunting and fishing.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

Jeff Dowler the whole cleaning them part is what I don't like so much.  I like catching them. Well if can go with... I get someone else to bait my hook unless it's minnows or crickets, I can use those.

Jessie Cochran just gotta have the right bait.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel fresh is always better with food, including fish. I always love your Saturday posts because that always looks like fresh stuff at your farmer's market

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

Brian England well I'm no Michael Phelps, but I love to be in the water. 

Sharon Tara I'll take that compliment from you.  And in 1995 I am not sure staging was a thing and  I know it wasn't in my market

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

Hello Tammy

Some great fish in Lake Sinclair and we use to catch these in Minnesota and they are great to eat ... 

  • Black Crappie (limit 30 per day)
Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 2 years ago

Tammy, great post especially for people interested in fishing in Lake Sinclair.  Like you, I don't like fishing but I love to eat what someone else catch

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I like the idea of staging a "catch" using a cute daughter and someone else's catch.

Nice marketing.

A fish fry with fish from the lake...that's tv magic in real life.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) over 2 years ago