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 – NOVEMBER

11/5/2022 Balus Creek – Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters
11/5/2022 Little Hall  – Hammonds
11/6/2022 Balus Creek  – Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters
11/12/2022 Little Hall  – East Hall Bass Club
11/12/2022 Tidwell  – Coweta County Bass Masters
11/13/2022 Balus Creek  – John Mickael Ortman
11/18/2022 Little Hall  – D&M Home and Outdoors
11/26/2022 Little Hall  – Hammonds
11/27/2022 Laurel Park  – GA Highschool fishing SAF

Fishing Columnist, Ken Sturdivant - headh shotLanier Fishing Report

compiled by Ken Sturdivant, Southern Fishing

October 2022 Fishing Report

Lake level: Down 2.7 feet
Temperature: 80s
Clarity: Main lake clear, creeks stained

BASS: Bass fishing on Lake Lanier is fair to good. With the hot weather returning in late September the bass were trying to figure out if it was fall or summer. Hopefully, the cooler weather will have a positive effect on the bite over the next few weeks or so.

For now, wind has been the key to catching fish. If the wind is blowing a number of baits will work on long points, humps and over brush. A Slick Stick in the blue herring pattern or a chrome Sebile have been the best for the swimbait bite with the chrome Gunfish or Chug Bug for the topwater bite. If there is very little wind a white fluke is a good option along with the Dropshot. The best colors for the Dropshot recently have been Sweet Rosie and Morning Dawn. Look for the fish around the deeper brush as their setup can be different every day. One day they may be in the top of the brush and the next day scattered around it. Your electronics are going to be the key to catching fish right now as they are scattered throughout the water column. We’re seeing a lot more schools of shad right now but like the bass they are scattered everywhere. Don’t overlook the dock bite with a green pumpkin trick worm as it can be a productive pattern also. Be prepared to have to move a lot to locate fish because just finding them doesn’t mean they will bite. The cooler weather should be bringing the strong fall topwater bite so just hang on. You can still catch them if you work at it so go catch ‘em!

Report by Phil Johnson. Email:, 770 366-8845.

CRAPPIE: Crappie fishing is good. We are catching a lot of fish and starting to see some bigger ones. Crappie are suspended 10 to 15 feet over a 30- to 40-foot bottom at most for the docks we are fishing. Docks with structure or shade are producing well. If you are using jigs I would try bright colors in clear water and dark colors after the rain. I have had success the ATX bluegrass. I am setting minnows 10 to 12 feet deep most of the time.

Crappie love the shade so cast into the shadows or shaded areas of dock. When dock shooting the biggest fish are usually the first to bite. I use ATX lure company’s jigs on a lip Thrashin lure jig heads. I use 5 pound test high visibility yellow k9 braid for my line unless I am using a bobber then it’s the k9 6 pound high vis line and a Acc crappie Stix. I use Garmin Live Scope and the Navionics Boating app.

Report by Captain Josh Thornton, 770 530-6493.

Sonar Event: Ken Sturdivant, Lowrance pro staffer, will be at Hammonds Fishing Center on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. He will show the latest technology and how the sonar equipment works. Event is free.

Sonar Class: The Forsyth County Library System will host a Sonar class on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. at Hampton Park Library at 5345 Settingdown Rd.


Bait & Tackle Shops

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

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

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

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This Saturday Lake Lanier Olympic Park will host Georgia’s Official Chicken Cook-Off. Backyard and professional BBQ teams compete at this Gainesville themed festival. The event begins at 11 a.m. and serving continues until 3 p.m. Awards will be announced at 4 p.m. #everythinglakelanier, #foodtruckfridayllop, #GainesvilleGA, #lakelanier, #lakelanierolympicpark, #lakelanierassociation 

This Saturday Lake Lanier Olympic Park will host Georgia’s Official Chicken Cook-Off. Backyard and professional BBQ teams compete at this Gainesville themed festival. The event begins at 11 a.m. and serving continues until 3 p.m. Awards will be announced at 4 p.m. #everythinglakelanier, #foodtruckfridayllop, #GainesvilleGA, #lakelanier, #lakelanierolympicpark, #lakelanierassociation
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