SPECIAL NOTICE: Browns Bridge over Lake Lanier will be closed on the following dates and times for work on the bridge October 28 to 31, 2016 from 9pm Fridays until 5 am the following Monday. The road will be resurfaced.  

October 28, 2016


SPECIAL NOTICE Browns Bridge over Lake Lanier will be closed for work on the bridge October 28 to 31, 2016 from 9pm Fridays until 5 am the following Monday. The road will be resurfaced.

This report brought to you by Jimbo On Lanier 770 542 7764www.jimboonlanier.com

The fishing on Lake Lanier has again been excellent this week. The water temperatures have stabilized around 70 degrees but the water level continues to drop. With the lake down, we look for a great ditch bite later this fall. And until then the topwater and swimbait bite is ON FIRE. We are starting to see some schooling activity early each morning around shallower humps both on the main lake and mouths of creeks. This is always fun and you should expect this to hang around for the next few weeks. When the schooling bite is slow, we have been heading out to main lake humps early in the morning and working a jig and shaky head for some solid fish. We see 8 to 12 feet depths to be the magic depth this past week. As the day progresses and the sun starts to get up, we have been working humps and long running points with brush. The fish have been relating to brush in 12 to 18 feet of water on most sunny days. The topwater and swimbait bite over the brush has really been awesome this week, make sure to check out the pictures on my Website or my Facebook account at Jimbo On Lanier. If you get no response on top, switch to a SuperSpin and Spro Jerkbait around and over the brush. Also a Picasso Swim Jig slow-reeled over the brush has been a good option. The fish are really getting active and I am fired up for this fall!! I am now guiding in a Brand New Xpress Bass Boat, 21’3″ powered by a 250 Yamaha SHO and equipped with the latest Lowrance HDS Gen III units featuring 3D Structure Scan technology. Come take a ride in this beauty. I have October 31 left open as well as Nov 2 and 4 available next week. Give me a call and let’s get out and have some fun! If you have been waiting for the fall bite, it’s here, and it’s time to FISH! Thanks to all and May God Bless.

This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Captain Ken West 404 561 2564. Contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com

Striper fishing is poor. The lake is at a 4 year low at 8.5 feet below full pool and the counties surrounding the lake are in a severe drought condition. The lake turnover process has stalled due to the higher than normal water temperatures. High pressure, bright sun and a blue bird sky also adds to the overall poor fishing conditions. With all the doom and gloom it is time to go fishing. That’s right; just go fishing! The great thing about fishing is you can relax and enjoy a day on the water. It is a heck of a lot better than working or sitting in traffic on GA400. Put out your planner boards and free lines and pull blueback herring in the creek mouths, on reef markers and long sloping points. You can also cast top water and bucktail jigs or pull umbrella rigs. The water temperature is in the mid to low 70’s. The water is lightly stained in the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 8.5 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

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

Water temperature is seventy one degrees and gradually falling as night temperatures steadily dip into the forties and fifties. If you are fishing in the northern lake areas, you will notice cooler water temperatures and a change in the water color. We are experiencing the typical fall pattern a few weeks later in the year, but fishing conditions are good to excellent. Stand alone brush piles are still our major targets. The ideal brush piles to target should be at twenty foot to thirty five foot depths. Keep in mind that the lake levels are about 8 feet below full pool, so that means favorite brush piles you normally fish this time of year may not have sufficient depth to hold fish now. Your Lowrance Down Scan electronics can help you determine whether fish are holding on the brush piles you find. Some brush piles will hold more fish than others. Our club members are reporting great catches. This is a wonderful time of the year to get on fish and catch them steadily. If you can locate fish in deeper brush piles, thirty to thirty five feet, you may want to consider vertical jigging. The bite is very sensitive. Bobby Garland in different colors, Crappie Assassin, Jiffy Jigs and tube jigs are all working equally well. If you have a favorite jig, just try it. Chances are it will work well. If you are fishing with someone, try using different jigs and see what’s working best at that location. Expect the bite to continue getting stronger as the water temperature drops. Be safe on the water! Wear your life jacket, it can save your life!

The Atlanta Boat Show is coming to the Georgia World Congress center January 12 thru 15, 2017. Meet Bass guide Phil Johnson, www.PJsFishing.com.

SONAR TIPS: SONAR INSTALLATION: The keel off set tells the transducer how far into the water the transducer is mounted. Set Keel offset leave at 0.0. Water calibration leave at 100%, Water Speed averaging 1 sec, temperature calibration +0.0, Temperature averaging 1 sec, reset water distance, select transducer, pick the one you are using on the boat. Ask for a free sonar set up sheet by sending me an email to . Please tell me what model machine you have.

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

Advantage Boat Center in Cumming Georgia offer sales, service and storage close to Lake Lanier. 678 771 8745. Ask for Myra.

We have the LOWRANCE Gen 3 Touch and the game changing technology in the NEW 3D 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 Please tell us what machines you are using.

Anglers we have these books for sale BASS FISHIN LAKE LANIER, BASS FISHING WEST POINT LAKE, BASS FISHING LAKE RUSSELL, BASS FISHING WEST POINT LAKE and BASS FISHING LAKE HARTWELL. These books have lots of bass fishing and covers every week of the year. Each book $39.00. If you would like a sample of any book send us an e mail to .

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, December 17, 2016 2pm at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville, learn BASICS OF ELECTRONICS BY LOWRANCE PRO STAFF, KEN STURDIVANT

The Atlanta Boat Show is coming to the Georgia World Congress center January 12 thru 15, 2017. Meet Lowrance Pro Staffers, Tom Branch Jr, Captain Mark Smith, Al Bassett and 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: www.laniercrappieanglers.net


We use and recommend DRIFTMASTER PRODUCTS for all your fishing needs. www.driftmaster.com


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.