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Bass and striper ready to bite

POSTED: May 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Lake temperatures are in the mid 70’s. The lake level is 1057.7 feet or less than 13 and half feet below full pool at 1071 feet.

The main lake and creeks are stained to clear and the Chattahoochee River is clear.

The bass are mostly in a post-spawn pattern and fishing remains pretty good.

The top-water bite is getting ready to explode.

This is one of the most exciting times to fish for bass.

I use a SPRO Dawg in clear Chartreuse and walk this bait over main lake humps and points. This technique is called "walkin’ the dawg" and it takes a little practice.

Jerk the line then immediately give it slack. Repeat this process and you should be able to get the SPRO Dawg to zig zag across the surface.

A lot of anglers throw towards the bank and retrieve their lures from shallow to deeper water.

Try positioning your boat close to the bank and cast out to the deeper water. This will draw the fish towards the structure instead of dispersing them away.

Bank anglers often catch more fish from one spot then boaters do because of this.

The jighead worm bite continues to be strong. I like two different types of jigheads for fishing on Lanier.

My first choice is a ¬-ounce SPRO K-Head wide bite jighead with sharp Gamakatsu Hooks.

If there are a lot of snags then I switch up to a ¬-ounce Tru Tungsten Ike’s Spike as it will get through weeds and wood without getting snagged.

I use a green Zoom Finesse or trick worm on both of these jigheads. Work these worms from zero to 25 feet this week around any docks, stumps or rocky banks.

Zoom Flukes rigged on a Gamakatsu EWG hook and also live minnows are catching a lot of bass this past week.

Striper fishing remains very good. Live bluebacks on a flat line continue to be a great choice and will ensure bites from stripers and bass.

If you find that more bass are hitting then you may wish, explore fresh areas with your Humminbird Electronics to find a better concentration of stripers.

Look for the larger arcs on the screen, which indicate bigger fish.

Like the bass, the stripers are also starting to hit top water plugs.

Spro Dawgs and Redfins are producing fair results and this action will stay good for a while.

Hit the lake early in the morning as the top-water activity is best right at sunrise.

Target main lake points from the mouths of the creeks to about half way back for best results.

If the stripers are present then you will know it.

You will only need to make about five-10 casts before moving to the next area.

There are plenty of smaller Crappie very shallow but for the bigger fish target the deeper docks with brush piles for the bigger fish.

Shoot a 1/32-ounce jig under these docks and let the jig fall on slack line.

Watch for the line to "tic" because the bites can be very light. Live crappie minnows fished on a down line or two- to three-feet below a float will work when crappie are in the area.

Lots of trout are being caught below the dam this week.

All sorts of lures and bait (where permitted) are working for the newly stocked trout.

Pick your favorite lure or bait and get out to the river because the trout are biting!

Eric Aldrich is a part time outdoor writer, bass fisherman and is sponsored by Humminbird, SPRO, Gamakatsu, Tru Tungsten and Hammonds Fishing and Boat Storage. Reports are based on personal experience and permission from a close network of friends. Contact: or visit my website at


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