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Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Target brush to bring in bass haul after dark
Eric Aldrich
Local bass angler Eric Aldrich poses with a fish he caught. - photo by For The Times

Lake Lanier’s water level is right below full pool at 1,070.58 feet or 0.42 feet below a normal full pool of 1,071. 

Water temperatures remain in the mid to upper 80’s. 

Hopefully we will see some more seasonal temperature and weather in the upcoming week. 

Most of the lake is clear, except for a little cloudy water around the banks from the weekend boat traffic. 

The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear. 

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

Bass fishing has been good, but summer patterns seem to be working best. 

The topwater bite is there, but subsurface patterns seem to prevail this week. 

The thermocline is still setting up, but it has not been solid everywhere around the lake. 

Still, we are seeing a predominance of fish in the 20-plus foot range, so that is where we have been concentrating our efforts. 

That does not mean the fish are 20-plus feet deep. 

They just seem to be swimming in water of that depth. 

Fishing methods that can cover water from the surface to he bottom have been working best for us.

Frankly, it has been just a few lures in my Nitro this week. 

The Jerk Shad (Fluke style jerk bait) hooked on a No. 5 Gamakatsu Wide Gap Hook cast over brush has been producing fish on calm and semi-windy days. 

I use a medium-action Kissel Kraft Custom Spinning Rod, rigged with 20-pound Sunline Sx2 Braid with a SPRO Swivel and an 8-pound Sunline FC Leader for my Jerk Shad set up. 

If the wind is blowing or the waves are rocking, try casting the SPRO Pop 80 or the Fat Papa Walker 130 over the same brush in 20-30 feet of water.

We have had most of our numbers fishing a Lanier Baits Tri-Colored Worms on a drop shot. 

This is all about your electronics, so drop down to any fish you see on your electronics. 

The fish will show up as wavy lines or if you have Lowrance Live the fish will look like fish. 

The same set up, with a smaller swivel, as mentioned for the Jerk Shads rod and line set up has worked well on the dropshot rig.

Other methods are working like casting a SPRO Spin John 80 over brush and allowing it to sink to the level of the brush and slowly reel it in. 

Deep-diving crank baits have also been catching fish around the brush. 

Casting a Georgia Blade Jig to brush in 20-35 feet will coax a big fish during the hottest part of the day.

The same brush is holding fish after dark, so try probing the deeper brush with a Georgia Blade Premium Night Spinnerbait or a SPRO Little John DD for some big spotted and largemouth action after the sun goes down. 

Stripers: The striper action has been good, but the fish are moving out deeper with the warmer water temperatures. 

We have seen some decent schooling action out over the channels, but it seems to be one or two fish surfacing, then they are gone. 

Start your day out around the main lake and in the creek mouths, on back into the creeks. 

Anglers should put out baits based on what they see on their electronics. 

If the stripers or bait are in under 20-feet, a flat line set-up will work best, but for the most part the down-weighted lines have been the most productive this week. 

Start your set-up with your down lines at 20-feet and adjust deeper as you mark fish or bait on your graphs.  

The stripers have been as shallow as the surface and as deep as 60-feet. 

Let your electronics tell you how deep to fish.

After dark, target the deeper dock lights or set out your own Hydro Glow and down-line herring in the creek mouths or around the deeper bridge pilings.

Crappie: The crappies are deeper, so anglers that can fish crappie jigs or live spot tail minnows in brush around 25-feet deep, can still catch a limit to eat. 

After dark, these tasty critters come up shallow around lighted boat docks. 

These fish will eat live bait or small crappie jigs fished on light line.

You can email Eric Aldrich at esaldrich@yahoo.com with comments or questions.


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