Fishing

Lake Sidney Lanier has some of the best freshwater fishing in the Southeast. From striper to largemouth and spotted bass to crappie, walleye, and catfish, you will create great fishing memories here. There are plenty of locations to fish from the shore, but fishing from your boat is superb. With all the little islands and inlets you are sure to find your favorite spot.

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As much fun as fishing is for adults, fishing can be just as fun and educational for kids! Commemorate your child’s first catch with this fun “First Fish” certificate provided by the DNR..

Corps-approved Fishing Tournaments for Lake Lanier – JUNE 2024

6/01 – Little Hall – American Bass Anglers
6/02 – Little Hall – Pit Crew
6/07 – Laurel Park – Clermont Bass Club
6/08 – Bolding Mill – East Hall Bass Club
6/08 – Laurel Park – Soul Filling Station
6/14 – Laurel Park – Clermont Bass Club
6/15 – Little Hall – American Bass Anglers
6/15 – Bolding Mill – North georgia Crappie Anglers
6/21 – Laurel Park – Clermont Bass Club
6/28 – Laurel Park – Clermont Bass Club

Fishing Columnist, Ken Sturdivant - headh shotLanier Fishing Report

compiled by Ken Sturdivant, Southern Fishing

2024 June Fishing Report

Lake level: .52 over full pool
Temperature: 70s
Clarity: Mostly clear

BASS: Bass fishing on Lanier is good. The bass are in the middle of their transition to their summer homes in the 25- to 35-foot range around structures.

The fishing has been somewhat up and down with some really strong bites and then a window of grinding to catch one which is typical of this time of year.

The Slick Stick and the Jerkshad continue to be the most consistent baits for recent days when worked over deep brush, humps and long points. The true top water bite is just beginning and there has been some activity on the Ima Skimmer in the same areas. The top water activity is scattered and random right now so be prepared for it to happen anywhere anytime.

If the activity in the top of the water column slows drop down with the shakey head on the deeper edges of the humps and on the end of the long points. A pumpkin green Senko has worked good at times recently. Be sure to check the dock bite on the docks in 15 to 20 feet of water with the shakey head as the fish are seeking shade this time of year.

The bass tend to bite better with when there is wind on Lanier so be sure to use it to your advantage by fishing the areas the wind is blowing on or into. When you hit the right window now it is a lot of fun so Go Catch ‘Em!

Report by: Phil Johnson: pjohnson15@hotmail.com, 770 366-8845

STRIPER: Striper fishing is heating up on Lanier. Using blue backs over a 50- to 80-foot bottom put your bait 25 to 40 feet deep. Points and coves right off the river channel are a great place to start.

Proper equipment is needed to locate your bait areas. Line counting reels with 20 pound test main line with a 6 to 8 foot fluorocarbon leader, 1 ounce sinker and #4 hook. Get ready for the trolling umbrella rigs and lead core and once the water temperature reaches 80 degrees, you will need bigger equipment and the fun just begins – reeling in a big striper 250 feet behind the boat.

Remember to wear your life jackets.

Report by: Buck Cannon, Buck Tails Guide Service, 404 510-1778.

CRAPPIE: Crappie fishing is good. The fish are suspended 10 feet deep under docks. I have been having a lot of success on brush piles in about 15 feet or less water. Make sure to try bright jig color combinations.

The gear I recommend for crappie fishing is a Acc crappie stix 1 piece rod and reel with a 4 to 6 pound test K9 line, along with Garmin Live Scope and Power Pole.

Report by: Captain Josh Thornton, 770 530- 6493.

Bait & Tackle Shops

CUMMING
Buford Dam Bait & Tackle  – (706) 429-7211
2595 Buford Dam Rd, Cumming, GA 30041
Located in Chevron station

Hammond’s Fishing – (770) 888-6898
4255 Browns Bridge Rd, Cumming, GA 30041

Daniel’s Grocery – (770) 887-7052
2355 Pilgrim Mill Rd, Cumming, GA 30041

OAKWOOD
Oakwood Bait & Tackle Shop – (770) 965-9400
5422 McEver Rd, Oakwood, GA 30566

GAINESVILLE
Kelly Brown Bait & Tackle – (423) 509-3708
3535 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30506

Sherry’s Bait & Barbecue – (678) 971-5607
2807 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville, GA 30506

STOP BY FOOD MART#2 – (770) 536-6421
2145 Cleveland Hwy, Gainesville, GA 30506

The Outdoor Depot  – (770) 539-9356
250 John W Morrow Jr Pkwy, Gainesville, GA 30501
Located in Gainesville West Shopping Center

WINDER
Happy Hooker, Inc. – (770) 867-4814
104 S Broad St, Winder, GA 30680

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