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GEORGIA: Lake Lanier – Best Fishing has been South of Brown’s Bridge

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Striper fishing on Lanier has been great.

Some days we have been catching some really good numbers. The days we are catching numbers, the fish are out over the channel feeding on schools of bait 30 feet down on a 90-120 foot bottom. When the fish are in this pattern the schools of fish we are finding are huge. Double hook ups are a common occurrence this time of year. Knowing where the tree lines are and schools of bait are are critical to finding these fish. On most days this week the fish are more active in the afternoon. However, we are still catching them in the morning. The fish are in different places making them slightly more difficult to catch. The down-line bite has been hard to beat. But the lead core bite is a close second. 6-9 colors with a 1 oz flash foil buck tail has been producing well for us. Fishing should be at it’s best through August. The best fishing has been south of browns bridge to the dam.

Spotted bass fishing has also been great on brush piles in 20-30 feet of water. The drop shot rig has been producing some great numbers of spots for us. Catching Spots on ultra light spinning gear is a lot of fun.

Capt. Scott Collins
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GEORGIA: Lake Lanier – Leadhead Flukes and Bucktail Jigs are Working

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Since my last report the striper fishing on Lake Lanier hasn’t changed much.

The fish are still surfacing most mornings before the passing of a cold front and you can catch stripers on freelined and planerboard trout, and bluebacks. Leadhead flukes and bucktail jigs are also working on these rolling fish. We have also done well trolling Capt. Mack’s 3 arm u-rigs thru the diving birds and rolling fish.

There has also been a decent spoon bite. There are groups of stripers scattered both north and south, also in the popular mid-lake creeks. We are catching fish around diving seagulls with and without loons. Downlined trout are producing best when the fish are down 30 to 80 feet deep. Overall, the striper fishing remains about the same. It’s been good most days, but with these passing wintertime cold fronts, the stripers might be up on the bank rolling one day and 80 feet deep on a downline the next.

Good Fishing and We Appreciate Your Business.

Capt. Shane Watson
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GEORGIA: Catching Quality Stripers on Lake Lanier

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Since my last report, we’ve been catching quality stripers on Lake Lanier.

Freelined and planerboard bluebacks, gizzard shad, bucktails, and McSticks continue to produce. Our boats are catching a few fish in the backs of creeks, but most of our fish have been on points and humps.

The night time bomber bite continues to be good. Long A’s and McSticks fished on points and sandy pockets after dark are working. My crappie guide has been doing well on chartreuse and pink jigs around docks and brush in stained water. Overall, the fishing has been great.

Everything seems to be on track for a great spring and summer on Lake Lanier.

Good Fishing.

Capt. Shane Watson
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GEORGIA: Lake Lanier – Stripers are Moving Shallow

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

With the warming temps (waters in low to mid 50’s) the stripers are getting active.

There is still a lot of dead bait around, but the bigger fish are wanting larger baits, in preparation for the up coming spawn. The backs of the creeks on the lower end are your best bet, pulling large trout or gizzards right up on the bank with planer boards, with a couple of flat lines and a floater out the back is ticket.

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GEORGIA: Lake Lanier – Winter Stripers

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Striper fishing continues to be slow.

The threadfin winter kill is in full force. The stripers are inactive due to the cold temperatures. They are not eating much and when they do there is plenty of dying threadfins to be had with very little effort. The fish have been holding tight to brush over a 30 -40 ft. bottom. Your best bet is to troll points and humps with 4 arm umbrella rigs loaded with 1 oz. bucktails and white 4 inch shad bodies pulled 100 -120 feet back while searching for fish.

Because the fish are so inactive if you find them you may have to put your rigs right on them to get them to bite. Once you find fish you can also put down lines out and work them slow in and out of the brush. Because the stripers are feeding on small threadfins, small minnows and threadfin shad will outperform the herring and trout. We have been rescheduling most of our trips in hopes of warmer temperatures. As the temperature warms the backs of the creeks and shallow flats will heat up first and draw bait which will improve the striper fishing.

Until them your best bet is Flat, Balus and Mud creeks with umbrella rigs.

Capt. Mike Maddalena
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GEORGIA: Surfacing Stripers on Lake Lanier

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Over the last week or so we’ve seen some really good fishing and we’ve seen some slower fishing at times. We are seeing boiling stripers that are up on the surface feeding on small bluebacks and threadfins most mornings. A well placed ½ ounce white Spro bucktail or a white leadhead fluke will work most every time. The key is to almost hit the fish in the head with it and you will get a bite. If you cast 5 feet past them or 5 feet to the right or left, they won’t eat it. Trolling shad body u-rigs has worked when the fish have been up and active. Look for the birds diving and the stripers up shallow for best success.

Mid-lake on further south is producing throughout the day. There are fish and birds scattered in the mouths to the middle of many creeks and in pockets just off the main lake. We continue to catch and release many big spotted bass while striper fishing on a spoon, on a bucktail, and on bait. We are seeing them in big bait schools down 30 to 40 feet deep over a 50 to 70 foot slick bottom.

Overall, if the stripers are active and high in the water column when you are out there, the fishing will be good. If they are scattered and deep, expect a mixed bag of stripers and spots and a slower bite.

Keep moving until you find the fish, blind freelining and downlining is hit or miss at best. Our fish have ranged in size from 5 to 20 pounds this past week.

Good Fishing.

Capt. Shane Watson
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GEORGIA: Lake Lanier U-RIG Bite is Still Very Strong

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Not much has changed this week.

Typical for this time of year, weather changes, specifically cold fronts can make fishing challenging. It is not uncommon to have a great day fishing followed by a couple of days where the fish seem to have disappeared. The fish are scattered lake wide but the middle to the south end continues to be the most productive areas. Baldridge, Shoal and Four Mile have been the go to creeks but Flat and Balus have been receiving some good reports. The fish are beginning to move up on the points and can be caught “running and gunning” with bait or umbrella rigs. Focus in the middle of the creeks on sloping points with brush over a 25 -35ft bottom.

As always this time of year, birds and bait are the key indicators. Free lines 80 – 100 ft. back and down rods at 20 -35 ft with trout or herring are your best bet but smaller baits are also working. Casting a Captain Mack’s bucktail jig with a fluke trailer or a 1/2 oz flex spoon will work on rolling fish. Weather continues to be a critical factor and success this time of the year depends on flexibility. Don’t spend a lot of time in any one area. Keep your eyes on the water and use different techniques as the conditions change.

Capt. Mike Maddalena
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GEORGIA: Lake Lanier – Striper Fishing

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Since my last report, the striper fishing has been up and down depending on the weather and where you are fishing.

The northend that was so strong for me last week has slowed down as the water temps up there dropped quickly after the ice, snow, and cold weather came thru. We had some 25 to 50 fish, catch and release mornings up there, but the last time I went north a few days ago, it was slim up there for me.

We came back down the lake and the fishing improved mid-lake and south. Capt. Mack’s 4 arm shad body u-rigs have produced best. When the birds have been diving and the fish have been close to the surface, freelined bluebacks, small trout, and bucktails have worked well. There are stripers in the middle to the rear of just about every creek you go into mid-lake and south. I know there are fish still up north, but it’s not like it was up there last week for me. Keep moving until you find active fish for best success. Blind downlining over deep bait is hit or miss at best.

The Guides, Staff, and Families of Shane Watson Guide Service, Hammond’s Fishing Center, and Carolina Skiff would like to wish everyone A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. We Appreciate Your Business.

Good Fishing.

Capt. Shane Watson
Shane Watson Guide Service
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GEORGIA: Lake Lanier Stripers are Moving Deep!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010


The cold weather we have had this week has dropped the lake temperature to the high 40’s and low 50’s.

The backs of the creeks are colder than the middle of the creeks consequently the bait has moved from the back of the creeks to the middle. Look for the bait mid way back in the creeks 30 to 40 feet deep over a 40 to 70 foot bottom. The bite has changed from free lines and planners shallow to down rods and Umbrella rigs over a 40 to 70 foot bottom.

A four arm Umbrella rig pulled 100 to 120 feet back makes a great search tool and when you find the fish you can catch some good numbers. Herring, Threadfin shad and Trout on down rods will all work. The North end of the lake has slowed but the South end remains strong. Baldridge, Shoal, Four Mile and Six Mile are good starting points. I have not had any reports on Flat Creek but the fish should start to move into the back of Flat this week.

It is cold and there will be ice in your boat and the boat docks most mornings.

Be careful out there!

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GEORGIA: Lake Lanier – Busting Stripers & Spots

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Look for busting stripers and spots from Chestatee Bay down to the Dam.

Keep moving until you see the fish for best success. We have seen them busting on the surface out on the main lake and in the mouths to the middle of southend creeks.

Mornings and afternoons have been about the same. Cast Spro Dawg’s, Sebile’s, Redfins, Spooks, and Sammie’s to these surfacing fish. If you can’t find them on top, fish freelined bluebacks on as many points and humps as you can. Expect a mix of stripers and spots on the freelines, so I would invest in some of the Eagle Claw pre-rigged stinger hooks when fishing with bluebacks. If you can’t find them up shallow, you will need to fish downline bluebacks 30 to 40 feet deep, just off the bottom on main lake and secondary points.

Capt. Mack’s u-rigs are also a good choice if the fish are deeper. There are some stripers up the lake in both the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers. I would freeline and pull planerboards with trout or gizzard shad when fishing up north for a big fish. There are also a lot of smaller size stripers up the lake in Wahoo, Little River, and in Gainesville creeks.

Downlines and u-rigs will work best on these smaller fish. Down the lake, when the fish have been on top, they have ranged in size from 5 to 20 pounds on our guide boats. There is nothing like seeing an acre of stripers busting on the surface. We’ve also caught and released some really big spotted bass that are mixed in with these surfacing stripers. We’ve also caught some bigger spots that have been up on points in five to ten feet of water while live bait striper fishing.

Good Fishing.

Capt. Shane Watson
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