August 29, 2014 LAKE LANIER IS 1.2 FEET BELOW FULL POOL, THE MAIN LAKE AND CREEKS ARE CLEAR & 82 DEGREES This Lake Lanier Bass report is from Jimbo Mathley. www.jimboonlanier.com 770 642 7764
Spotted bass fishing is very good. The cooler surface temps have really kept the fish active and willing to come up. For all you weekly readers, I hate to sound like a broken record, but top water and swim baits have been our best offerings again this week. We have been working these baits fast over brush in 20 to 30 feet of water. A Sworming Hornet Bite Sized Herring and a Sebile have been our best choices on the swim baits and a Gunfish and a Chug Bug have been best on the top water side. The wind definitely helps this bite. When the fish won't come up a drop shot and a jig have been good choices. There are some fish holding out deep so don't hesitate to try them on the DS. That 40 to 45 area foot area at the timberline seems to be best. I have the following dates open for the first week of September: 2, 3, 4, 5
This Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of Big Fish On Service 404 561 2564. www.bigfishon.com
Striper fishing remains very good. The temperature has ranged from the low 80's in the morning to the mid 80's in the afternoon for the past 5 to 6 weeks. The key continues to be trees in 70 to 120 feet of water just off the creek channels. Most of the fish this week were caught with blue back herring on down rods at 50 to 80 feet. In order to fish this deep, you have to find a break in the trees which will allow you to get your baits down without getting hung up in the trees. If you have Minn Kota I Pilot installed on your Minn Kota trolling motor, you can us the anchor lock feature to hold your position. There has been a lot of discussion about using a long (12 feet) of 10 pound test leader on your down rods. While there are some good fishermen using these leaders but we have continued using a 7 feet of 12 pound test Seaguar fluorocarbon leader without any problem. If you are having problems getting the fish to bite you may want to consider tying up a couple of down rods with longer and lighter leaders to see if one rod versus another is working better. A buck tail jig with a 4 inch shad body with lead core line at 8 to 9 colors is working. The umbrella rig is working, but we had to go back 190 feet to get bit. The fish are starting to show up on the river channel. The "river channel bite" should continue to strengthen as the water temperature rises. Two Mile Creek, Six Mile Creek and Orr creek are good places to start. The lake temperature is in the low to mid 80's. The water is lightly stained in the back of the creeks and clear on the main lake both North and South.
Anglers we have a new Bait Shop on Buford Dam Road at the Buford Dam Quick Stop at 2595 Buford Dam Road. Open daily from 6 to 6 they have Herring and other baits like shiners ready to go to the lake. 706 867 5102
Take a look at www.topwatertackle.com