Lake level: 1071.83
Clarity: Main lake body and creeks are stained
Overall: The majority of our fish recently have come from 10 feet or less. You will find the fish are now shallow all over the lake. Points, secondary points, shallow humps, rocks, docks, backs of pockets they are all holding fish.
We are at the point of the year where you can throw practically anything you want and catch fish: top water, underspins, swimbaits, flukes, and shaky heads will all catch right now, along with plenty of other baits as well. The cold front knocked everything back a bit and they are not as willing to chase, but they will still bite. Look for the aggressive bite to return as the weather warms. Stay shallow and versatile to find the best options each day, and switch to a shaky head or Ned rig presentation if the moving bait bite is tough.
Stripers: Fishing is good. The better fishing is up the lake. Mark fish with your electronics and put out a spread of planer board flat lines and down lines using blue backs. Add a split shot to half of the lines.
The points and short coves have been productive. The mini Mac has been working and be ready for multiple fish on a single cast and re-tie after you catch a couple of fish and refresh your knots. We are fishing on the Chattahoochee River above Highway 53 Bridge, Sardis area. Fish the up lake creeks like Ada Creek and Wahoo Creek.
This striper report was filed by Buck Cannon, Buck Tails Guide Service, 404 510-1778.
Largemouth bass: The upper end of both river arms of Lanier and its feeder coves contain the highest number of largemouth bass. Because largemouth bass orient to structure, finding their hiding places is the key to catching them on Lake Lanier. In the winter, largemouth bass will typically be in deeper water along creek channels or tucked deep within the tangle of submerged tree branches.
During spring, bass will move into shallow water to spawn near tree stumps, rock outcroppings, or other visible structures. Warm summer temperatures drive largemouth bass into deeper water in the 20-ft depth range along points and in the tops of standing timber.
And as fall approaches, largemouth bass will roam all types of habitats in search of shad and herring, so anglers need to use a run-and-gun approach to locate feeding fish.
This overview of largemouth bass fishing is provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. For more info visit www.gadnr.org/fishing.