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Lake Lanier fishing report: Spring patterns begin to show

Water temperatures are about 10 degrees below normal for this time of year and remain around 50 degrees. The lake level is looking very good at 1,069.5 or 1 1/2 feet below full pool. We are only one hard rain away from being completely full. The main lake water is clear down lake and stained up lake. The lower lake creeks are clear in the mouths and stained in the backs, and the upper lake creeks and rivers are stained. The Chattahoochee River below Buford dam is clear.

March 28, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Fishing affected by weather patterns

Water temperatures have struggled to rise over 50 degrees, but we are registering some low 50 degree water in the afternoons. The lake level is very healthy and is up again at 1,068.56 or 2.44 feet below a full pool of 1,071. The main lake water is clear down lake and stained up lake. The lower lake creeks are clear in the mouths and stained in the backs and the upper lake creeks. The rivers are stained. The Chattahoochee River below Buford dam is clear.

March 21, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Bass hungry this time of year

Water temperatures continue to hold at around 50 degrees with some slightly warmer water in the coves. The lake level has risen again this past week and is very close to full pool of 1,071 at 1,068.08 or 2.98 feet below a full pool. The main lake water is clear down lake and stained up lake. The lower lake creeks are clear in the mouths and stained in the backs and the upper lake creeks and rivers are very stained. The Chattahoochee River below Buford dam is clear.

March 14, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Early spring patterns prevail

Water temperatures are around 50 degrees, but look for the water to warm with next week's forecast. The lake level is up again and is at 1,067.38 feet or 3.62 feet below a full pool of 1,071. The main lake water is clear down lake and stained up lake. The lower lake creeks are clear in the mouths and stained in the backs and the upper lake creeks. The rivers are very stained. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear.

March 07, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Lake nears full pool

Water temperatures continue to hover around the 50-degree mark. The lake level is 1,066.79 feet, or 4.21 feet down and rising as it continues to track towards a full pool of 1,071. The main lake water is clear down lake and stained up lake. The lower lake creeks are clear in the mouths and stained in the backs and the upper lake creeks and rivers are very stained. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear.

February 28, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Crappie fishing a great bet from the banks

Water temperatures are varying a few degrees, but are averaging around 50 degrees. The lake level is up again and will rise more with the rain that is forecast. The lake level is 1,065.31 or 5.69 feet below the full pool of 1,071.

February 22, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Look deep for best bass

Water temperatures on Lake Lanier are in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees. The lake level continues to rise and is at 1,064.86 feet, or 6.14 feet below the full pool of 1,071. The main lake water is clear to stained and the creeks and rivers are slightly to very stained in the backs. The Chattahoochee River below Buford dam is clear.

February 14, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Bass found deep and wide

Water temperatures have fluctuated this past week but are averaging around 50 degrees. The lake level continues to come up and is at 1064 feet, or seven feet below the full pool of 1071. More rains are forecast for the next week and I believe we could come up to full pool by March if all goes well. The main lake water is clear and the creeks and rivers are stained to muddy in the backs. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear.

February 07, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Lake levels rise rapidly

Water temperatures are right around 50 degrees. The lake level has risen considerably in the last month and is at 1,063.14 or 7.86 below a full pool of 1,071. It will be a little higher by the time you read this article as the recent storms run off enters the lake. The main lake water is clearer down lake and stained to the north, and the creeks and rivers are stained to muddy in the backs. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear.

January 31, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Fishing report: Cooler temps don't dampen bass fishing

Water temperatures are in the low 50s. The lake level has risen considerably in the last month and is at 1,062.09 feet or 8.91 below a full pool of 1,071 so we are moving in the right direction. The main lake water is slightly stained and the creeks and rivers are stained to very stained in the backs. The Chattahoochee River below Buford dam is stained.

January 25, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Rains help lake rise rapidly

Water temperatures are up from last week and are around 51-53 degrees. The lake level is up almost two feet from last week and is at 1,060.25 feet or 12.62 below a full pool of 1,071 and is rising. The main lake water is slightly stained, and the creeks and rivers are stained to muddy from recent rains. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is stained.

January 17, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Fishing warms up with the weather

Water temperatures have actually risen a little and are right around 50 degrees. The lake level is holding steady at 1,058.38 feet, or 12.62 feet below a full pool of 1,071.

January 10, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Stripers shallow, bass move deeper

Water temperatures are in the upper 40's. The lake level has risen again and is at 1,058.16 or 12.84 below a full pool of 1,071.

January 03, 2013 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Lake levels rise for the new year

Water temperatures have fallen into the low 50s. The Corps has decreased water releases while the rainfall remains steady, which is good news. The lake level has actually risen more than a foot and is at 1,057.55 or 13.45 below a full pool of 1,071 and still rising. The main lake water is clear to stained, and the creeks and rivers are stained in the mouths and very stained to muddy in the backs from recent rains. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is stained.

December 27, 2012 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Bass wishes for your Christmas fishing

Water temperatures are in the mid 50's. The lake level has stayed steady thanks to this week's rain and is at 1,056.34 or 14.66 below a full pool of 1,071. The main lake water is clear and the creeks and rivers are slightly stained in the mouths, and stained to muddy in the backs from the rains. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is stained.

December 20, 2012 | By Eric Aldrich Associated Press | Outdoors


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Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Bass hitting hard on rocky bottom surfaces

Lake Lanier's water level actually rose slightly this past week to 1,067.48, or 3.52 feet below full pool of 1071. Water surface temperatures are in the mid 50's. Lake Lanier is clear to stained on the main lake and slightly stained in the rivers and creeks. The Chattahoochee River is stained below Buford Dam.

November 27, 2014 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Fishing report: Bass biting despite cold weather

Water Conditions: Lake Lanier's water level has held steady since last week and is 1067.14 or 3.86 feet below full pool of 1071. Water surface temperatures are in the mid 50's and surface temperatures continue to rise and fall with the weather fronts. Lake Lanier is clear to stained on main lake and clear to stained in the rivers and creeks.

November 20, 2014 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Fall means bass are in feeding mode

Water Conditions: Lake Lanier's water level is 1,067.15 feet, or 3.85 feet below full pool of 1,071. Water surface temperature are dropping into the mid 50s and surface temperatures can rise and fall significantly based on weather patterns. Lake Lanier is clear to stained on main lake and clear to stained in the rivers and creeks.

November 13, 2014 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors


Vandiver: 'Vandiver Buck' a highlight of hunting season

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. I traditionally like to look back on the outdoor opportunities that my family and I have been blessed to experience during the past year.

November 13, 2014 | By Bill Vandiver For The Times | Outdoors


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