Lake level: 0.60 above full pool
Bass: Bass fishing on Lanier is good to very good. The fall pattern is continuing with the cooler weather and lower than normal water temperatures. There are a variety of patterns working now so it is a great time to pick your favorite one and be on the water.
Key areas are humps and long points in the 25- to 35-foot depth around structures. It seems having deep water nearby to the area you are fishing is important. The top water patterns are my choice for the explosive bite but the key to this bite is wind. It doesn’t take a lot of wind but actually the more the better. The old Chug bug is still producing fish along with the Gunfish, Sammy and Spook. I’m working all of these baits on 15 pound monofilament to be able to handle the stripers that are also showing up. For baits that I work on top I will use mono and for the below surface baits I use Fluorocarbon.
The Jerkshad is working well in the wind as well on calm days. I am nose hooking the Pearl and FZNH20 colors and working them with a quick reel and kill retrieve.
For me, the Dropshot comes into play on days with very little wind. Working in and around the brush and drop-offs with Lanier Baits’ Blue Lily and Morning Dawn has been a steady producer. There are still a lot of fish schooling so I have a three eights ounce Spot Choker underspin with a Pearl Fluke ready to make long cast. The Georgia Blade five-inch Flutter Spoon is another good choice when trying to reach schooling fish. The shallow bite is improving especially early in the morning. A Zoom green pumpkin worm around docks leading back into pockets or on the end of blow downs are beginning to produce fish. You will find some fish all the way in the backs of the pockets early especially if the wind is blowing into the pocket. The weather is perfect and the fish are biting so Go Catch ‘Em!
Report by: Phil Johnson, Lake Lanier Bass Fishing
770 366-8845, Pjohnson15@hotmail.com.
Stripers: Stripers have moved to the middle of the lake from Big Creek to Flat Creek over the river channel. Use the down lines at 30 to 40 feet deep over 100-foot bottom. Trolling has produced using lead core with a variety of 1.5 to 3 ounce jigs tipped with curly tails in different colors to 100 yards behind the boat.
Report by: Buck Cannon Buck Tails Guide Service, 404 510-1778.
Crappie: Crappie fishing is good. The fish are on the docks and also can be found on open water brush piles and blow downs. This week’s catch was 80% minnows, 30% jigs.
If you have live scope or active imaging set the minnows just above the fish. Right now I am setting the minnows around 12 deep. For best results use an active minnow. Look under covered docks that are in 20 to 40 feet of water and near a main channel. Also look for brush or structure. Use your electronic charts to locate these areas. (Always be scanning.) Remember crappie love the shade so cast into the shadows of a dock. Try different jig colors. Recent hot colors include pink and Chartreuse jig in clear water and gold and black with sparkles can be used for short casting, vertical jigging, trolling or dock shooting. When dock shooting the biggest fish are usually the first to bite. Let your jig sink and give it time to get down to the fish and retrieve your jig slowly.
Report by: Captain Josh Thornton, 770 530-6493.