November 20, 2014
LAKE LANIER IS 3.8 FEET BELOW FULL POOL, THE MAIN LAKE AND CREEKS ARE CLEAR & MID 50’S
This Lake Lanier Bass report is from Jimbo Mathley. www.jimboonlanier.com 770 642 7764
Bass fishing is good. The cold front this week should get the fish through their fall transition and positioned more in their winter locations and therefore more predictable. Look for areas with rock and quick access to deep water as well as ditches as primary locations. The early morning bite has been good this week on a jig and a spinnerbait. Focus on rock and clay points in the mornings with the aforementioned lures. Look for bait in the area you are fishing. If there is no bait, move on. The Davis Shaky Head with a Zoom Finesse worm has been producing some bites as well, so don't hesitate to throw the green worm out there if the bite slows. Fish are often in 15 to 20 feet or shallower when they are active, but look for those fish to get deeper as the water gets colder. A jerk bait and a Fish Head Spin is starting to work in the mornings as well. Steeper rock points and ditches are the key here. For those of you that have contacted me or talked about learning the Fish Head Spin bite in the ditches, now is the time to schedule a trip. Here is what I have left open for the rest of November: 23, 24, 28. Those dates around Thanksgiving normally go fast when we get close to the holiday, and I have had many people ask about that week already. If you have some family coming in or just want to use that down time to fish, please call and reserve soon. Call for December dates. 770 542 7764. This is a great time to learn the ditch bite and how to fish a Fish Head Spin. Give me a call, and let's go fish!!
This Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of Big Fish On Service 404 561 2564. www.bigfishonguide.com
Striper fishing is good. The water temperatures continue to drop and the bait is moving from the main lake into the creeks. The Stripers are following the bait into the creeks and the main lake bite has slowed. The free line bite with both herring and trout has begun and will continue as the stripers settle into their winter pattern. Set your free lines back 70 to 100 feet behind the boat and pull at .5 mile per hour. Try a small split shot on some of your lines and vary your trolling speed to locate your baits at various depths. If you are using planner boards set your bank side outside board at 15 to 20 feet behind your board and the inside boards at 40 to 50 feet behind the boards. Always hang a couple of down rods over the side when you are pulling baits and vary the depth. In addition, put someone on the front deck throwing a buck tail jig as you may pick up an extra fish or two. Sea Gulls have arrived. These birds can help you locate actively feeding Stripers. Keep your eyes open for sea gulls diving on bait pushed up by stripers. If you find this situation move quietly into the area with your trolling motor, drop a couple of free lines and down rods out and cast a buck tail jig or small spoon. Be aware that Gulls will also hang out with Loons and feed as they push bait to the surface. We typically do not fish where Loons are feeding but you may want to check the area for Stripers with your Lowrance HDS. There are fish in all of the creeks and the best advice we can give you is to check the creeks for bait and fish where you find the bait. We still have a couple of open days during the Thanksgiving week. Call Big Fish On Guide Service at 404 561 2564 to schedule a trip.
This Lake Lanier Crappie report is from Dan Saknini, Member of the Lanier Crappie Angler’s Club. See our club’s website, www. laniercrappieanglers.com
Crappie fishing is fair to good. This sudden drop in water temperature will definitely slow the bite down, but crappie like cold water and they will adjust in a few days. High temperatures toward the end of the week should be in the high fifties to sixties, which should increase the bite. It will also be more pleasant fishing weather! Your best bet will be fishing brush piles in twenty five feet of water. Make sure you fish it from different angles, and if that doesn’t trigger a bite, try positioning the boat directly above the brush pile and jig vertically. As you approach, make sure you set your trolling motor speed on the lowest setting to avoid spooking the fish. Crappie minnows should work as well as jigs. If you are a dock shooter, you will most likely catch the bigger fish in this manner at twenty to thirty foot depth. The fish need to fatten up for the winter, so should be biting well after adjusting to the colder water temperatures.