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Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Enjoy trout fishing, scenery in the mountains
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Lake Lanier’s water level rose slightly and is right at 1,067.94 or 3.06 feet below the normal full pool of 1,071. The main lake is clear to slightly stained. The creeks and rivers are stained. The lake temperatures are around in the mid 70’s.

The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear to lightly stained. Please check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466.

Bass fishing remains good. Bass really get active when the lake temperatures drop into the mid 70’s, which can be good or bad. Because the bass are moving they can be hard to target. This past week I have seen bass caught on almost every type of lures. The top water bite has started.

Start your days casting A SPRO Fat Papa or a McStick around the rocky banks in the creek mouths and up the river. Make sure to cast these lures all the way up to the bank. The bass may strike these lure immediately and they may also strike them all the way back to the boat.

There have also been some fish-biting shaky heads or jigs around the docks.

This pattern can sometimes go all day. Use a finesse worm like a Big Bites Cane Stick on a Gamakatsu Alien Head, and cast or skip them around the floats.

Some days the bass will be deeper in front of the docks, while other days they will be shallow around the gangplanks. A small Strike King Itsy Bug, with a Big Bites Rojas Frog, will also work well. This lure looks a lot like the crawfish that some bass are patterning now. I always dip my lures in JJ’s magic.

During the days is the best time to get a topwater bite. Target brush piles in 15-20 foot of water. Cast your topwater plugs over brush to entice the most active fish to the surface. Use a Zara Spook in chrome or bone colors. Keep that Alabama rig handy and cast it to any fish that missed your topwater plug.

The night bite continues to be excellent. You will see very few boats out then. Cast a SPRO Fat Papa or Little John DD to rock and clay points in the mouths of the creeks.

Striper fishing is very good. The same techniques seem to be working well. Start your days trolling an umbrellas rig around lower lake creek mouths and islands. This is a great way to cover water. It may be one of the best patterns all day long.

Troll your rigs at around 25 feet and keep your boats idling at around 2-3 miles per hour. Use SPRO or Chipmunk jigs tipped with a live herring.

When you encounter a big school of stripers, drop live herring or a large spoon down to where you see them on the graph. If you are using live bait, make sure to switch them out with a new herring every 10 minutes.

Keep an eye out for any schooling activity. Have a Zara Spook or Alabama Rig ready in case the stripers surface close enough to cats to. We are just arriving at one of the best times of the year for topwater striper fishing.

It is time for the Bomber Long A or SPRO McStick bite after dark. Cast these lures up to the banks and reel them slow and steady back to the boat. You will catch a mixed bag of stripers and bass after dark.

Crappie fishing remains OK. If your try hard, you may be able to catch a mess of them for dinner. Continue to cast small jigs and down line live minnows around brush. Of course, after dark find the lighted boat docks and fish them. Some of your best action will occur around docks after dark.

Trout fishing remains very good in the mountains. It’s fair on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam.

If you are a fly angler, try casting flies in a Black Ant of Stimulator pattern. Watch out for any insect hatches you see. Be prepared to match the hatch. You can also up your odds by fishing a wet fly below the afore mentioned flies.

For spin fishing, anglers use live worms — where the law permits live bait — or cast Rooster Tails and Countdown Rapalas. Fish them above and below the rapids in creeks and rivers.

Bank Fishing: There are many great places to trout fish in the North Georgia Mountains.

This time of year is when the leaves are just starting to changing color and it will get much more spectacular.

Here are a few things to remember when targeting these beautiful fish. First, you will need a current trout stamp.

Secondly, you will need to find out where to fish, then read the regulations to makes sure what lures or live bait you are allowed to use.

Some streams and lakes can have regulations that may not allow live bait. Some even have a rule that you can’t use hooks with barbs.

Lastly, no matter what type of fishing you do, try to use as light of a line as possible. Do not use snaps or swivels as they can be very wary.

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. I would love to hear from our readers so please email me at or visit my website at or Remember to take a kid fishing!

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