August 1, 2016


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Bass fishing is fair but it will take some work to get them to bite. The first hour or so of the day has been tough for the spots, so, we have been targeting Largemouth for the first 90 minutes or so. We have been focusing shallow in pockets for the most part for these fish and have enjoyed some good success. Topwater poppers and a swim jig have worked in these areas. As you would expect, the fish have been very shallow. After the early morning bite, we have been working humps and points with close access to deep water. Fish are typically around areas with brush, but not always. A drop shot presented to fish you see on your Lowrance has been effective, especially as the day progresses. Also, you can work the topwater baits and swimbaits over the brush and expect a response from any active fish within the first few casts. If you get no response on top, switch to a SuperSpin and swim the bait around and over the brush. Focus on both main lake and creek mouth points and humps, and remember sometimes the fish are relating specifically to the brush, so make sure to work the brush thoroughly as well. Brush in 20 28 feet has been most productive this week. There are several fish that are positioned out deeper in the 35 foot range as well, on the first break out from the brush piles you will be targeting. These fish will eat a drop shot at times also.

This report is from Big Fish On Guide Service and Captain Ken West.

Striper fishing is good. We have been fishing from first light until 11:30 am. There is also a good afternoon bite but when it is 90+ degrees and a high chance of thunder storms morning fishing is preferable. As we have discussed in previous reports the fish are below the thermocline which is at 29 feet. Even the smaller Stripers which are a little more tolerant of warmer water cannot handle 89 degree water. The fish are showing up in deeper water from Browns Bridge to the Dam and just off the creek channels. Six Mile Creek, Four Mile Creek, Flowery Branch, and main lake deep water pockets. These areas are good choices to start you search for Stripers. Your Lowrance HDS Structure Scan is critical in locating these deep water fish. Turn your sensitive up to ensure you can see a fish at 100+ feet. Down rods with 2 ounce weights and 6 to 8 foot 12 pound test fluorocarbon leaders is your best approach. The critical factor in summertime live bait fishing is lively bait. We are starting our day with six dozen Blueback Herring and changing them every 5 to 7 minutes on a rotating basis. Never “check” a bait and then drop it back down. If it is time to check the bait it is time to change it. The act of bringing the Herring up through warm water is enough to stress it out and degrade its performance. Umbrella rigs and Lead core trolling is also working. Set the Umbrella rigs 120 to 140 feet back and troll at a speed of 2.8 to 3.4 MPH. Set the Lead core line at 7 to 8 colors and a speed of 2.8 to 3.5 MPH. The water temperature is in mid to high 80’s. The water is stained in the backs of the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 3.0 feet below full pool. To book your guide trip call us at 404-561-2564 or contact us on our web site.

This Lake Lanier Crappie report is from Dan Saknini, member of the Lanier Crappie Angler’s Club. See our club’s website, www.

As expected, crappie fishing around this time of year is fair at best. Your best bet for catching fish is early in the morning, on deep docks and deep brush piles. Expect this pattern to remain the same until you see a combination of a change in the temperature and cooler rain. This will bring the fish to shallower structure, thus making them easier to catch. This is a good time of the year to work on your brush piles, which will give you more spots to fish when the weather cools and the bite heats up! Night fishing is good right now. Target bridges. You will need some type of twelve volt light such as a Hydro Glow. For best results, keep the light a few feet away from your boat. This can be accomplished by using a broom stick or some type of rod. After submerging the light, attach the cord to the rod, leaving just enough slack in the cord for the light to stay submerged. Place the other end in the rod holder. This will keep the light several feet from the boat and give you better coverage, and keeps it from banging against the boat and spooking the fish. Small or medium crappie minnows are your best bet for bait. Set your baits at different depths, and if you notice one depth is getting more action, adjust accordingly. The bite is sporadic. You may wait an hour or so for the fish to come after the bait and hit them good for thirty minutes or so, then you may wait another hour or so for another school to come by and start the bite again. This requires patience, but is a great opportunity to kick back and relax during an evening on the water. Be safe on the water as the lake continues to be crowded! Wear your life jacket, it can save your life!

Georgia Outdoor News will host the BLAST! at the Infinite Energy Center, formerly known as the Gwinnett Center, just off I 85 north of Atlanta. The address is 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. The Outdoor Blast will begin this year at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and runs through the weekend until 5 p.m. Sunday, July 31. Meet Lowrance Pros Ken Sturdivant and Captain Mark Smith.

We recommend Overboard Designs for 2956 Waterworks Road Buford, Georgia 30518 Phone: 678.714.7122.

The NEW! Atlanta Outdoors Expo is March 11 and 12, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center. contact Tim Fearney Show Director at 678 822 9804 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Fax: 770 642 4715

We have the LOWRANCE Gen 3 Touch and 3D NEW Lowrance Technology on our boat. Bring any HDS machine only to Lake Lanier and learn it ALL in one day. Call Ken for details. Ask for a free sonar set up sheet by sending me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We offer these waypoints for sale. You get the coordinates and you load them into your GPS unit for Lake Allatoona for $99.00 Lake Lanier for $99.00 Lake Oconee for $99.00 Lake Weiss for $99.00 Lake Hartwell for $99.00 WAYPOINTS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE

Saturday, September 24, 2016 2pm at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville, learn SONAR! LOWRANCE PRO STAFF, KEN STURDIVANT  Our mailing address is Southern Fishing Schools Inc. 106 Hickory Ridge Cumming Georgia 30040. 770 889 2654

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RandyHancock-15-52lb-striperRandy's Hancock's 15.52 pound Striper caught on IGFA Ande 4 pound test line is the "NEW" IGFA State Line Class Record. Hammond's Fishing and Boating Center provided the bait and the certified scales for this record fish.


We have the current web site for the boat ramps on Lake Lanier below. Just plug in the current lake level to see the data.


Lake Lanier Crappie club has a monthly meeting and monthly tournament on Lake Lanier check out their website:


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Want to spend the day on Lake Lanier? Captain Marty Allagood has a 22 foot Pontoon Boat he will rent for only $250.00 per day. Call 678-234-4371.