The water level of Lake Lanier remained very stable this week at 1,067.32 or 3.68 feet, below the normal level of 1,071.
Water temperatures are in the mid-50s. The main mouths of the lake and 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 Fishing has been good last week. Fish are related to the bait and you can find them shallow, deep and anywhere in between. Water temperatures have fallen in the mid-50s. The bass continues to feed well on small to medium sized shadles, larger herring and crabs.
Experiment with different techniques, depending on the type of fodder available in the area where you are fishing.
The trench bite has been more consistent as the water temperature has dropped to the mid-50s. Start the day fishing for rocky, shallow banks that lead to the ditches. The bass will drive the shad and herring to the guts of these ditches early in the morning. Study your Navionics mapping the night before and choose some ditches near the launching ramp. It will pay dividends to be in the water near a productive ditch before dawn.
Basses that actively feed early in the day will hit a variety of lures. Choose a lure you have confidence in and work on the benches where the ditches lead to the lake where you see bait activity on the surface or at your Lowrance Electronics. If you find rascals and seagulls feeding, then that is a great sign that you are in the right area.
Throw a bait, crankbait or mop with a Big Bites Suicide Shad to the rocky banks around the ditches that lead to the lake. Make long throws, roll slowly and steadily and allow your lure to come in contact and deviate from the rocks at the bottom. If you do not receive a bite, continue until you find a productive ditch.
As the sun rises, the bass will recede farther from the banks and continue to feed. Use your electronic devices to follow and stay within walking distance of the fish. Once the fish moves beyond 20 feet, try placing your boat on the fish. Watch your Lowrance Electronics carefully and drop a decoy to any fish you see on your screen. Switch to a 1/2 ounce jigging spoon or a drop shot prepared with a fruity Lanier Baits worm in Blue Lilly or a Big Bites Shakin squirrel & # 39; Sandmelon Red.
I like to dip the tails in most of my soft plastics with JJ’s Magic with garlic flavor.
Striper Fishing is still productive and some fishermen are scoring both numbers and better than average-sized fish. There is a ton of bait that returns to the streams, both in the middle and below the lake and in the rivers that rise the lake. Use your electronic devices and pay attention to seagulls and rascals, along with any surface activity that may indicate the right places.
If there is no bait present in an area, then continue moving until you find one.
Once you locate the bait, the markers should be close. The fish have been on the surface early in the day and even later on cloudy days. Most of the bait we are seeing seems to be a small to medium sized shad. It is worth to supply your life well with medium shine and blue back herring.
Sometimes, trout can even work better. Set an extension and let the markers tell you which bait they prefer.
Pulling flat lines and planning boards seems to be the most productive technique for live bait fishing during the day. As the sun rises over the horizon, you may have to change to downlines. As a general rule, try using flat lines to target fish in less than 20 feet and switch to downlines in waters over 20 feet.
The trolling is an excellent way to cover the water while looking for larger concentrations of strokes. Trolling has also produced very well in recent weeks. Some of the guides are pulling umbrella platforms all day. There is much more to pull these multi-arm platforms than simply tie them and throw them behind the boat. There are some excellent resources from local guides and even YouTube that will help you run your equipment to depth, speed, etc.
Fish type Fishing has been good and some big fish are caught this week. Locate pockets and cuts in the streams where the shad is present. Shooting jigs is still your best producer. Mastering the shooting technique of the template is an art form that requires practice, but that will pay off during a lifetime of fishing.
Fishing bench: The thinkers are moving towards the pockets and return to the streams and rivers where they can be accessed from the banks. Fishermen can buy a day or year pass and visit one of the many local parks around Lake Lanier, where they can enjoy excellent fishing and, hopefully, also fish.
Buy a minnow cube with a couple of dozens of medium to large glitters. Dust off your striped fishing rods and make sure you have a new line. A medium-heavy spinning rod or bait on a reel with a 10-14-pound test monofilament is a good choice for striped fishing from the shore.
Install a rod as a lower platform. This is basically a Carolina rig or a hook with a leader attached to a swivel with a large sliding barrel weight mounted on its main line. Install a second rod with a non-slip bobber and adjust its depth to 10 feet deep. It facilitates the control of your lines if you can locate a bank where the wind is at your back.
Point to the banks that have deep water nearby. Hook your glitter through the lips on an Gamakatsu No. 2 octopus hook. Cast your lines, then secure your bars securely. A thinker is a strong fish that can easily pull all its rod and roll it into the lake. Be sure to buy some rod holders or make your own with PVC pipes.
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 readers, so send an email to [email protected] Remember to take a child to fish.