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Lake Lanier fishing report: Bass eating blueback herring
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Lake temperatures are in the low 80’s on down into the upper 70’s. Lake Lanier is a little over two feet below full pool at 1,068.7 feet.

Lake Lanier is clear on main lake and stained in the creeks. The Chattahoochee River is clear. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466.

Bass fishing is up and down. The bass may seem to be hard to pattern, but they are definately eating and are healthy. There had been a very decent offshore topwater bite during the sunny days and these bass are way off the banks eating blueback herring.

Large top water plugs like Super Spooks, SPRO Dawg 125s and even Red Fins have been getting vicious strikes from bass that are chasing bluebacks. This activity is only happening in certain areas and it can be hard to locate but once you find them you can catch them in a hurry.

Junk fishing is still working as the bass are feeding on several different types of forage. Shaky heads on the docks, Cranks Baits on the points and banks and jig and pigs on the drops and brush piles are all producing well.

Striper fishing remains very good. The downline bite has been consistent. Set your electronics and your down lines to around 30-to 50-feet where fish appear on the graph.

Trolling a large SPRO Bucktail tipped with a soft plastic lures or live Blueback on Lead Core set out to nine colors is working very well.

The topwater action is just starting so cast SPRO Dawgs or Super Spooks while fishing down lines behind the boat.
This action will get better and better in the next few weeks.

Crappie: The fish are still deep in brush at 20 feet during the day, but look for them to start moving shallower soon. Micro Spoons and down lined crappie minnows over these deed brush piles will work all day long.

Trout: The Department Of Natural Resources welcomes everyone to check out the Free Kids Fishing Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the lower pool just below Buford Dam off Buford Dam Road.

This will be a fun even for all kids 15 and below and there will be helpers on hand to assist parents and children.
Bring your own rods, if you have them, or they will have a few loaners on hand.

They will also supply bait, drinks and food.

An adult must accompany kids and life jackets are recommended.

Eric Aldrich is an outdoor writer, marketing specialist and bass angler. Reports are based on personal experience and permission from a close network of friends. He would love to hear from our readers so please
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