The water level of Lake Lanier is slightly below last week at 1,067.27 or 3.73 feet below the normal full group of 1,071. Water temperatures are in the bottom 50. The main mouths of the lake and the streams are clear or slightly stained. Streams and rivers are slightly stained.
The Chattahoochee River under Buford Dam is still stained and slowly clears. Check the generation schedules before leaving the river at 770-945-1466.
Low The fishing has been decent. They still bite the fishermen who are in tune with their electronics. The large and stained mouth of Lake Lanier are superficial and deep at this time. Choose your strengths and exploit them. We have continued to focus on trench fishing, but there are also some good fish related to rocky coasts and piers.
Using your electronics is an essential part of getting rid of fishing. My Lowrance Electronics along with the Navionics and C-Map map applications really come into play both to determine not only where to fish, but also to confirm that an area has fish once it gets there.
One of the services I provide is often to join other fishermen in their boats and teach them the basics of electronics. Email me if you need help.
Finding ditches is easy, but finding the best ones requires a little work. You can look at the benches or entrances and see ditches or areas where rain enters the lake. The feed stream and the larger stream channels can qualify as a ditch. You can also check your GPS mapping to locate these smaller channels that extend far from the coast. The best ditches generally lead to deeper streams or river channels or to wooden lines.
Start the day at dawn in the shallow part of the ditches that have rock or clay banks. The bass and scratcher push the shallow bait at night and will generally be very active at dawn. Throw a bait like a SPRO McStick 110 and return it to the boat, experimenting with what speed and cadence. Sometimes fish want a recovery from shaking and pausing or sometimes they want a steady slow or medium recovery. If fish are present, they will let you know your preference. Make the plaster sideways and down in the middle or gut of the ditch.
As the day progresses and the sun moves higher in the sky, moving away from the banks and pointing to the concave guts deep in the middle of the ditches. A shot prepared with a fruity worm Lanier Baits has been deadly. The same brand produces a soft plastic called Runt and these will work when the bass feeds on a smaller shad. Fishermen can also fish a spoon or jig vertically to fish what you see in your Lowrance Electronics. Throw a SPRO Buck queue. Go back to work through the ditch, near the bottom to collect fish out of the sonar cone in your fish finder.
There are many crabs on the banks in late autumn. Use a lure that matches them. Rocky banks, long spots and humps will keep the bass, especially later in the day. Grind an RkCrawler or a crayfish of color. Rapala DD 8 around the rocky banks to get a great bite. A template is also a great option when the bass is eating crayfish.
Working a Ned Rig or a Jig with a Big Bites Fighting Frog Trailer around the docks will produce fish on sunny days. Destination docks at 15-25 feet deep.
A 3-inch Suicide Shad mounted on a Fish Head Spin that runs along the docks has also been deadly.
Striper Fishing is still good and fish are active and eating. Trust your Lowrance Fish Finders and let them show you the best areas to fish. Finding bait is a big part of the equation. If you see seagulls diving and rascals in the area, then they can also guide you in the right direction. Seagulls and rascals eat herring and tarpon. When they are working, you can bet that the fish are under them. If the birds simply fly around or remain still in the water, you can bet that the fish are deeper where you need your electronic devices to work for you.
Early in the day, fish have been active in shallow ditches, cuts and stream channels. Aim at depths of 15 to 25 feet early in the day and adjust them more or less deep to keep up with the fish you see feeding on your electronic devices. Trolling the umbrella platform of a Captain Mack remains an excellent way to explore and locate line plotters.
The lined herring and the medium shines are producing very well once you overcome a large school of fish.
The channels and deep ditches have worked well for line plotters and also for an extra green fish. Drop your lines where the fish marks. If you are catching a lot of little ones, try dropping a bigger offer like a trout to the bottom of the school.
This will often result in the capture of a larger fish. That said, those little ones will eat it too.
Fish type Fishing has been unpredictable. The main difference seems to be that the people who are finding fish are the ones who are lucky. Structure Scan side image scanning has really changed the way we found the type of fish. If you are scanning docks, choose which side your boat will approach. Then you can select only the right or left side in Structure Scan to get the full screen image. Set your side image at 50 feet and run along the sides of the docks to locate fish.
Once you find a dock with fish, shoot a small 1/16 ounce Hal Fly to the back and let the pendulum return to the boat. You can also throw live glitters or crappie fish in a slightly weighted line and drop it to the level where the fish are.
They are located.
Fishing bench: I have many memories of catching crabs on local streams and on the banks of Lake Lanier when I was young. Fall and early winter are the time when these freshwater lobsters will be active for the last time until early spring.
If you can strip the cold water or have wading birds, then you can flip the stones to find these crustaceans.
Crayfish are an important source of protein for a variety of fish.
Bass, catfish and even strippers will add these creatures to their menu. If you catch a crab, try using it to fish.
If the crab is small, hook the crab in the back. Push the point through the shell so it gets hooked when you throw it. You can also remove the tails and use them as bait. Almost anything that lives on Lake Lanier will bite a piece of crab tail. Including other crayfish.
I still like to flip a stone from time to time to determine the size and color to be able to combine it with my lure.
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 our readers, so send an email to [email protected] Remember to take a child to fish.