October 17, 2014   


This Lake Lanier Bass report is from Jimbo Mathley. www.jimboonlanier.com 770 642 7764  

Bass fishing is fair. All the rain from this week has jerked the lake up almost a foot. It hasn't affected the existing patterns much, yet. We expect some other, possibly shallow water patterns, will emerge as a result of the higher and cooling water. For now, top water and swim baits worked over brush in 20 30 feet of water has still been producing. A Sworming Hornet Bite Sized Herring and a Sebile have been our best choices on the swim baits and a Gun Fish, a Chug Bug and a Zara spook have been best on the top water side. As always, a breeze helps. The jerk bait bite was strong last week during the cool spell, but backed up some with the warm weather at the end of last week. As noted above, several things are likely to change with the recent changes in the condition. However, the jerk bait bite is just starting and should improve even more as the weather continues to cool. There are definitely more fish and bait moving shallow, and as mentioned, we expect this to be a big move in the next couple of weeks based on the long term forecast of cooler temperatures. Also of note, we have found a good schooling bite in the early morning hours just after daylight. Humps have been the best areas and there are several across the lake where this is going on. Getting bit is a somewhat random as you need to get a bait into the action when you see it. Lots of entertainment with this bite for sure! Next week I have October 20, 23, and 24 open. The bite is really good right now and we are having a blast! 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 but it takes a good deal of work to find these fast moving fish. Anglers must rely on their Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan machines to cut the search time way down. Most of the lake has turned over and the fish have "popped" up and are in less than 40 feet of water. We have had some good reports of top water action from both Spotted Bass and small Stripers. "Running and gunning" points and reef markers with top water baits and free lines with live Herring has started to produce and should be in full swing this week. Keep your eyes on the water looking for surfacing fish and always keep a top water bait tied on. Traditional top water baits includes the Red Fin, Chug Bug, and Spook. In addition, always keep a 1/2 ounce buck tail jig with a fluke tied on and use it along with the top water baits. Pull up to a point or reef marker and put out a free line herring 50 feet behind the boat and work the point with a top water bait and a buck tail. Use a fast retrieve with the buck tail to simulate a fleeing bait fish. Do not spend a lot of time in any one area. Run to the next point and repeat the process. The fish are beginning to move north and into the rivers. The whole lake is opening up and you are no longer restricted to the lower end. The umbrella rig is also working when pulled over the same points and reef markers you are bait fishing. Target 30 to 40 foot bottom with your rigs at 3.0 MPH. Check your umbrella rigs often as leaves and pine straw will run down your line and hang up on your rig.

Call Ken Sturdivant about the ON THE WATER SCHOOLS for Sonar or the Rods, Reels and Lures for Bass or a full day STRIPERS School. Call 770 889 2654 for details. Send an e mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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


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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.