Water conditions: The water level of Lake Lanier has increased approximately half a foot and is 1,067.83 feet, or 3.17 feet below the normal full group of 1,071. Water temperatures are at low 50. The main mouths of the lake and streams are clear and stained. Streams and rivers are slightly stained to very stained. The Chattahoochee River below the Buford Dam is still stained. Check the generation schedules before leaving the river at 770-945-1466.
Low: This morning was fast enough to make me think that fishing would be slow, but the bass still bites. This trip consisted of answering a client's questions about the Structure Analysis of his Lowrance electronics and teaching him how to configure reference points, icons and custom names. Reviewing all this provided the opportunity to scan a lot of water to see what the fish are doing for this report.
Many of the grave of Lake Lanier are in a transition period at this time. Some are shallow. Some are suspended around the bait 10 to 30 feet, while others relate to the bottom 40 to 55 feet deep. These fish are swimming under the bait schools waiting for an easy meal. The thermocline has not yet been configured, and the low water level of 50 degrees allows the bass to wander through the water column while chasing herring and shadow.
Junk fishing may be your best bet this week. The fish are in all depths and eat a variety of fodder. The small to medium shad, the larger herring, the gizzard shad, the edge and even the crayfish are on the menu. Choose your favorite method and be willing to change as necessary to fish.
We have continued to point to ditches early in the day. The spotted bass will slide up shortly before dawn and will feed actively for about an hour on sunny days and even more on cloudy days. These fish will swim to deeper waters as the sun rises. Cast a SPRO Little John DD or RkCrawler or try to catch a bait like a McStick or Pointer 110. Cast these shallow lures parallel to steeper banks and recover them with a slow, steady or slow recovery.
You can keep up with the bass in ditches throughout the day. After the shallow fish stops biting, move deeper and throw a Cane Thumper or Suicide Shad into a Fish Head Spin and work along the bottom 10 to 30 feet. The fish will be related to both the edges of the ditches and the guts 35 to 55 feet deep. Use a drop shot with a Prizm Colored Lanier Baits fruity worm. This color together with Blue Lilly have worked very well for the deeper fish.
Try working a TRD on a Ned Rig and simply drag it down the bottom. This is an excellent technique to catch the bass, but remember, less is more. Do not shake or jump. Just let the lure crawl or swim across the bottom. Keep some slack in the line and feed the decoy line while working it along the bottom. The bites will usually be subtle.
Other lures are producing both superficial and deep. Shake spoons in ditches, as well as along cliff walls or deeper, you can mark multiple bites when you pass a good school. Slow spinning baits or digging crayfish crank baits around rocky banks is a great way to catch a spotted fat bass or bigmouth this week.
Striped fishing It is still good Different methods are working, and fishermen should take clues from the previous bass report. Choose your strengths and go fishing. Trolling rig rigs is working. If you prefer not to troll, then dragging the bait in flat lines, brush boards and downlines are viable methods depending on the depth and location of your Lowrance Electronics fish.
Trolling is an excellent way to cover water, as well as locate and catch cheats on Lake Lanier in early winter. Locate the clouds of the shad schools on your screen and pay attention to the depth with which they relate. Drag the regular or mini Captain Mack platform around 2 m.p.h. Place your platforms at or just above the depth where the bait and fish mark.
Fishermen with successful trolling must be able to control the depth of the place where their platforms run. You can use planing boards, riggers and lead line to get the proper depth with your platforms. You can also add or decrease the weight of your money trails, add or remove the trailer or change from heavy monofilament to braided line. All these factors affect the depth of execution of their platforms. Watch YouTube or check some of the best guide websites for the right formula for successful trolling.
The rains of recent weeks seem to have pushed many of the bait schools to the mouths of pockets and streams. Once you locate productive-looking water, you can deploy flat or downlines, depending on where the fish are placed in the water column. Medium brightness, herring and smaller trout are working well. Try adding a large trout or gizzard shad to your spread to convince a great bite!
Fish type fishing has picked up a bit The crappie master fishermen know how to shoot small templates under the docks. The types of love fish dock with a brush because they provide coverage where these tasty creatures can hide and ambush their prey.
Hopefully you have been building a series of productive docks on your GPS. If not, use your side scan to locate the best water. You will often see thick clouds indicating shadow schools or small compressed spots that are often rubbish.
The type of fish will be located in these same places throughout the winter
Shoot the fish type insoles under the rear floats of the docks, hook your reel and let the template fall through the water column. The type of fish can be as shallow as 5 feet or as deep as 30 feet, so pay attention to the depth where you fish and focus on doing the same plaster again.
Fishing bench: There is a good catfish population on Lake Lanier. Most fishermen catch these fish with mustaches as an accidental catch while aiming at rays or bass. Catfish are aggressive predators that hit live or dead baits and occasionally eat artificial lures. There are several species of catfish, and they can range from 1 pound to 30 or more pounds.
You should use medium to heavy gear when catching fish from the banks. Use 10 to 14 pounds monofilament and make sure your line is fresh and your rod and reel are in good shape. You can buy commercial rod holders or make your own PVC, which you can hammer in the bank to secure your rods.
Use live shad, dead shad or traditional catfish baits such as night crawlers or chicken livers. Ride a Carolina rig. Use a hook with a 1 to 2 foot leader attached to a swivel and a 1 ounce egg platen on the main line. Hook your bait securely and make a balloon launch to prevent the bait from getting out of the hook. Point to the banks that have deep water in front of them. Wait a moment for the fish, but move after an hour if you don't bite it.
Eric Aldrich is an outdoor writer, marketing specialist, guide and bass fisherman. He is currently reserving teaching trips for the mottled bass and largemouth of Lake Lanier. The reports are based on personal experience and permission from a close network of friends. He would love to hear from his readers, so please send an email to [email protected] Remember to take a child to fish!