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Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Bass biting well in various stages of spawning
Eric Aldrich
Local bass angler Eric Aldrich poses with a fish he caught. - photo by For The Times

Lake Lanier’s water level has risen with the heavy rains earlier this week and is at 1,072.09 or 1.09 feet above the normal full pool of 1,071. 

The main lake and creeks mouths are clear to stained from rain. 

The creeks and rivers are stained to muddy from recent rains. 

Lake surface temperatures are around 70’s. 

The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear to stained. 

Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466.

Bass fishing has been good. 

The bass are still in all stages of spawning but the majority have spawned and moving back out deeper. 

Pick your favorite method and go fishing.

A lot of big spotted bass spawn are staging out on the points, pockets and humps out around main lake. 

We have continued to run and gun main lake brush in 15-25 feet of water. 

Casting walking lures like a SPRO Pop 80 or a walking lure like a Sammy or Spook will get the job done.

Keep an eye on your Lowrance Electronics for any bass you see on the screen. 

These fish are suckers for a dropshot rigged with a Lanier Fruity Worm so keep one tied on and ready at all times.

We have started to get some great action on swim baits, jerk baits, topwater plugs and spinner baits out over the saddles and humps for post and pre-spawn bass that are targeting herring. 

This action is just beginning and will only get better as time goes on.

Striper fishing has been good. 

There are some schooling fish showing up around the islands below Browns Bridge. 

Keep a topwater plug ready for any schooling fish. 

There are also some bigger fish in these same areas but the better fish seem to be up in the creeks off main lake and in the rivers.

Dragging herring on flat lines and planner boards is the way to go during mild weather days. 

Add some splitshot weight to the fronts of your flat lines if the wind picks up. 

Switch to downlines when it really gets blowing. 

Herring have been working best as the are actively spawning. 

We have had some very windy days so consider trolling an umbrella rig when the weather makes fishing live bait to difficult. 

Pull a Captain Mack’s 4-arm, two-ounce umbrella rigged with 4-one half ounce SPRO Buck Tails rigged with Lanier Baits Swim Baits. 

Pull your rigs at around 2 mph.

There are still a few stripers hitting Bombers and SPRO McSticks after dark around the creek mouths and in the pockets around lighted boat docks. 

Bank Fishing: This is the time of the year that Lake Lanier starts to get busy on the weekends. Private farm ponds, subdivision ponds, small creeks or rivers or even smaller reservoirs are great places to get away from the crowds and enjoy some quiet fishing. 

These smaller waters usually get fished less and may be easier places to catch fish. 

Live bait, bass worms or fish in these out of the way lakes seldom sees small moving lures. 

Find these smaller waters and you just may catch a fish of a lifetime.

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