September 22, 2016
LAKE LANIER IS DOWN 6.9 FEET, THE CREEKS ARE STAINED AND THE MAIN LAKE IS CLEAR & 80’S
Bass fishing continues to improve weekly. The water temperatures and level continue to drop as the nights are getting a bit cooler and the Corp Engineers continues to pull water. Look for a great fall fishing experience if the lake continues to drop. I'm hoping for around 7 feet down going into October, which should be no problem given the current pace. That should really make for a great fall bite. Not much has changed in terms of our approach since last week, the fishing has just gotten better. We have still been targeting Largemouth for the first 90 minutes or so of the day. We have been focusing shallow in pockets and on points for these fish. Topwater poppers, a Prop Bait, a swim jig, and a small shallow diving Spro crankbait have all 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. The better fish are often in the 30 feet range or deeper. 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 to 30 feet has been most productive this week. There are even more fish that are positioned out deeper in the 35 to 40 foot range as well, on the first break out from the brush piles you will be targeting. The spots have really started to spread out in these deeper areas, and you will often find them relating to timber tops and edges. A SuperSpin and a big flutter spoon can be effective to catch these fish when they are active. The Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology can sweep these areas and show you the schools of bait and the fish close by. Make sure to get your date booked for this fall ASAP as they will go fast. I am guiding in a brand new Xpress Bass Boat 21'3" powered by a 250 Yamaha SHO. Come take a ride in this beauty. Here is what I have open for September: 28, 29, and 30. My October dates are also filling up fast - make sure to reserve your October date TODAY! Give me a call and let's get out and have some fun! Thanks to all and May God Bless.
This report is from Big Fish On Guide Service and Captain Ken West, 404 561 2564.
Striper fishing has been up and down this week. If you can get on the Stripers in the first 2 hours you have a shot at boating a few. However, after that the fishing can be a challenge. The Stripers have moved up in the water column and are strung out in the 30 to 40 foot range. There continues to be no single technique that works well all the time. Live blueback herring on down rods, trolling with lead core and umbrella rigs and power reeling with herring or Ben Parker spoons should be tried before giving up and going hunting. If you can find a school of Stripers vertical in the water column then down rod fishing with blueback herring has been working. Trolling with lead core line and umbrella rigs is a good way to cover a lot of water. Set your lead core line 8 to 9 colors back with a 1 ounce buck tail jig and a 50 foot leader. Try tipping your jigs with live herring, and different color shad bodies. If you have a specific question concerning striper fishing on Lake Lanier, send us an email and if possible we will address it in a future fishing report. Six Mile Creek, Four Mile Creek, Flowery Branch, Big Creek Shoal Creek, Bald Ridge Creek and the river channel are all good places to start. The water temperature is in the mid 80’s. The water is lightly stained in the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 5 feet below full pool. To book your guide trip call us at 404 561 2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com
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