General report: The majority of our fish recently have come from 15 to 25 feet of water. We have focused mainly on points and humps for the majority of our fish. There has continued to be some schooling action as well, typically in the mornings. Topwater and swimbait variations have been working well recently, but stay on the move and remain versatile with your lure choices to see what level of the water column the fish are willing to feed. Walking baits and Swimbaits have dominated our catches. The fish have come shallow at times with the recent cooler weather and windy conditions, so keep an eye out for shallow schooling activity as well. September should be a good month all around given the cooler summer temperatures we have experienced.
Report by Jimbo on Lanier, 770 542-7764.
Stripers: We have continued to catch stripers using the lead core from Six Mile to the Chestatee River. We are pulling rigs 275 feet behind the boat using a jig and a variety of trailers and the mini Mac rig. Trolling at 3 mph over edges of humps and points has been good. We’ve seen some topwater activity so be ready with a Sebile swimmer or a Zara Spook. The down line bite has been productive early morning over 60 to 80 feet bottom fishing 30 to 40 feet deep and uses the drumming system to get their attention.
Report by Buck Cannon, Buck Tails Guide Service,
Crappie: Fishing is good. The early morning bite is good from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. The fish are holding tight to the brush and structures. The crappie we are catching are suspended in 15 to 20 feet over a 25 to 40 foot of bottom. Most of the fish we are catching are keepers over 10 inches and not many throwbacks. Look for a combination of bait as they are more likely to be active. With the cooler mornings, the crappie are starting to move back to the docks. Look for the docks with brush under them or blowdowns nearby. Minnows and jigs are both producing equally as well. Recently most of the fish were caught on crappie minnows. Be sure to use the smallest crappie minnows that you can get. Try not to spend more than 10 to 15 minutes at a spot if it’s not producing.
Report by Captain Josh Thornton, 770 530-6493.