• Lake Lanier Fishing Report - GA

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  • Lake Lanier Fishing Report - GA


    The lake has stabilized a bit over the last week as we have seen more seasonal temperatures and conditions return to our weather pattern. The backs of the major creeks are still stained, and the main lake below Brown's Bridge is still clear. The waters above Brown's Bridge are more stained in the main river areas than the lower lake, and the further you go north, the heavier the stain. We have found water temps near 60 back in some of the pockets on some days, both on the north and south end. The fish are up and chewing! It is fun out there right now. This incredibly fast warm up has really jump started the pre spawn bite and accelerated the process significantly. The fish are biting all over the lake right now, and you can catch them pretty much any way you prefer. Picasso Shake down head and worm combo, SPRO crankbaits and jerk baits, spinnerbaits, Chattahoochee jigs they have all been working well. The location and technique for the best bite does seem to vary each day, and sometimes dramatically. So stay flexible in your approach. Try one type of area or technique, and if that is not working, move on. The fish we are catching are in 1 15 feet of water. We are working shallow, flat points, both rock and clay, in pockets and on the main lake. The steeper stuff has held some fish too, but I am leaning more toward the shallower, flatter stuff in general. Also the longer running points are starting to hold fish as well check the reef poles and shoal markers on those warmer days. Creeks and main lake are both producing, and as usual, focus more on the main lake or mouths of creeks for the bigger fish, and back in the creeks for numbers, but you are apt to catch a big fish anywhere right now. That's what makes this time of year so much fun! We hit a pretty good crankbait pattern this week, as Jim Farmer's Castaway Crankbaits did a number on those shallower rock fish. He has some great spring crankbait patterns and sizes look him up and make an order. We did a video together this week where I had the opportunity to crank with Jim and also talk about the importance of good quality fluorocarbon line for cranking Seaguar Abrazx is my choice in 10 lbs. test. It is durable and stands up to the pounding on the rocks way better than any fluorocarbon I have ever used. I highly recommend Seaguar! The docks are holding fish as well. Check those docks back in creeks or pockets that are in 15 feet of water and less. Look at the last 2 or 3 docks in any creek arm or pocket for those largemouth. Look for the fish to be under the docks when the sun is up, and more just around the docks in low light or clouds. A Picasso Shake Down head and worm combo or a Spro Jerk bait are good options around the docks. The fish are CHEWING! It's time to fish! Following is a list of my upcoming open dates for March: 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 29, 30, and 31. Give me a call and come enjoy some outstanding Lanier pre spawn fishing!

    This report brought to you by: Jimbo Mathley Jimbo on Lanier www.jimboonlanier.com

    This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Big Fish on Service. To book your trip call Captain Ken at 404 561 2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishon .com

    Striper fishing is fair. The critical factor has been the weather. The rain and fog continue to dominate the weather. The backs of the creeks and the rivers are muddy and the bite is inconsistent. Your best bet is to fish the birds. Check the south end creeks mouths and main lake pockets for birds. Look for Sea Gulls feeding on bait fish pushed to the surface by feeding Stripers. Also check out the areas where the Sea Gulls are feeding on bait fish pushed up by Loons. Stripers will at times take advantage of working loons. When you find working birds deploy Blueback Herring and medium shiners on both weighted and unweighted free lines from planner boards and behind the boat. You will not always be able to mark a lot of fish. Consider fishing active birds for 20 to 30 minutes at a minimum without marking fish. Also, try to keep someone on the front deck casting a 1/2 ounce buck tail jig with a fluke. Your other option is to pull Umbrella rigs in these areas. Set your rigs at 40 to 60 feet behind the boat and pull at 3.0 MPH. The south end of the lake is your best bet with Flat Creek, Four Mile Creek, Big Creek, and Shoal Creek as good places to start your search. The water is stained on the main lake and heavily stained in the back of the creeks. To book your guide trip call us at 404 561 2564 of contact us on our web site at www.bigfishonguide.com.

    This Lake Lanier Crappie report is from Dan Saknini, member of the Lanier Crappie Anglerís Club. See our clubís website, www.laniercrappieanglers.net

    Water temperature is in the low 60ís. Lake Level is less than 6 inches below full pool and more rain is forecast. (Oh boy, all we need is more stained water and more debris!) Todayís fishing was excellent. If the fish are not yet spawning, they are definitely in the pre spawn mode. When we say the fish are shallow, we are not kidding we are catching them as shallow as two feet. This time of year, there are several signs that Mother Nature sends that help us gauge fishing conditions and the movement of crappie. For example, when we see daffodils or jonquils blooming, that is an indication that the spawn is imminent. (I just learned the difference daffodils are white and jonquils are yellow Ė who knew?!) Some people wait to see the dogwood trees blooming, but we feel that if you wait that long you will have missed out on several weeks of good fishing. When we see turtles sunning on blow downs that is an indication the crappie are moving to blow downs and shallowing up in preparation for the spawn. The water temperature impacts more than just the fish. Spiders are out and starting to build their webs, which is most apparent on docks. As a dock shooter, when approaching docks I pay attention to whether or not there are cobwebs present in certain areas. They tend to get knocked out of the way by shooting jigs, so if they are present where jigs would be targeted, it can indicate that the dock has not been fished in the last few days. If it is a dock that I fish regularly has broken cobwebs, I may not spend as much time there if it doesnít produce right away. The moon phase also has a big impact on the spawn. The spawn often begins around a full moon and continues for the entire moon cycle. We will have a full moon in a few days. Lastly, we are seeing bank fishermen out in full force. The overwhelming majority are fishing with crappie minnows under a cork and are having good success. The darker colored crappie are the males, and their job is to fertilize and protect the eggs. So catching them in shallow water means the spawn has definitely begun. So, if you are planning to fish, target spawning areas and docks at 12 foot depths or less. Get out and enjoy the good weather and great fishing!

    Stay safe on the water and wear your life jacket!

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