We have Waypoints and a 52 Weeks Book for Bass Fishing on Lake Lanier.

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November 27, 2015


Spotted bass fishing is fair and the fish are very scattered. Small spoons and the drop shot rigs in the ditches in the middle of the lower lake creeks are best. Use several spoons in colors and sizes and look around the larger marinas as a back up area. Drop shot rigs and finesse worms are also very effective. Docks and the same deep locations down lake are perfect to try these techniques. Rig the drop shot with a 1/0 or 2/0 Mustad offset worm hook. Pick deep docks down lake and around in the deeper creeks on the south end of the lake. Green worms in a variety of shades will be the best way to draw these fish to the baits. Use a small Zoom green or black Zoom mini lizard with red flakes. Be sure to work the baits very slowly. The deeper docks hold the bigger spots. Also, look in the marinas and there is a good pattern on docks from 25 to 40 feet deep. The fish are moving around under these docks so keep a close eye on the Lowrance. Try some extra scent on the plastics and this may help the fish hold the baits long enough to feel the strike and set the hook. Try a small ¼ ounce jig in pumpkinseed with a small trailer by Zoom in the same colors.

This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of www.bigfishon.com

Striper fishing is good. The weather has stabilized and the fishing is reaching a degree of consistency versus the hit or miss pattern we have seen over the past couple of weeks. The key is to fish the bait. The bait has been shallow in the mornings and moving deeper (30 to 40 feet) in the late morning and afternoon. The exception is on cloudy days the bait will often stay shallow all day. Fish the shallow bait with free lines and planner boards. Set your free lines at 50 to 100 feet behind the boat. Deploy planner boards on each side of the boat with 30 to 50 feet of line behind the boards. Use both weighted and un weighted lines to cover the water column. You can also deploy multiple planner boards for a wider presentation. There is also a down rod bite over the deep bait. Focus on points with deep water drop offs and creek channel ledges. When you see a fish or two stop and drop your down rods both above and below the bait. Use a "run and gun" approach and do not stay in any one place very long. Herring, Gizzard Shad and Trout are all working. Six Mile Creek, Flat Creek, River Forks, and Chestatee River C1 to C11 are good places to start. The water temperature is 58 degrees and the lake is at 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.com

Water temperatures vary from creek to creek at around sixty degrees, or a little less. The reason is that some creeks are more stained than others. The bite has slowed down the last couple days due to the cold front. The fish are still catchable, but it seems the bigger fish are hiding. With the full moon and moderate temperatures approaching, the bite should pick up drastically. Although the majority of the fish are still on stand alone brush piles, we are starting to shoot docks with good results. This indicates that as expected, they are beginning to move to docks with some type structure. The bite remains deep, so be patient and allow your jig to drop to the strike zone. Your Lowrance side scan should be helpful in locating the fish that have moved to docks. Our “go to” jig heads remain the 1/24 and 1/16 ounce with Bobby Garland or Mr. Crappie soft body jigs in a variety of colors. There is plenty of bait out there, and the fish are still feeding on small threadfins, so pay attention to the bait in the creeks you are fishing. If you like long line trolling, this is the time of the year that should produce well. The backs of the creeks are ideal areas for that method, using your trolling motor at higher or variable speeds. Double up on the curly tail jigs with two per rod, each with 1/16 ounce jig heads. Use the short rods in the back of the boat and longer rods toward the front, with two foot difference in length. Your jigs should be running at about eight to ten feet below the surface. If you like to fish with live bait, a slip cork is a must if the fish are at ten to twenty foot depths. Otherwise, a Carolina rig and egg sinkers with swivels on each side using the down line method with crappie minnows should also work well.

The 2016 Atlanta Boat Show hits the Georgia World Congress Center January 14 to 17, 2016. Meet Ken Sturdivant, Al Bassett, Captain Ken West, Captain Mark Smith, Matt Driver, and Jimbo Mathley, Renee Hess, Chris Scalley, 

Ken Sturdivant, Lowrance Professional Fishing Staff will be conducting FREE! Sonar Seminar at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville Georgia on Saturday December 26, 2015 at 2pm. Seminar is subject to change without notice. 

Our On the Water Schools are Rods, Reels and Lures for Bass, SONAR and we have a Striper school. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology. Call 770 889 2654 or see the details on our web site for more info and dates. 

For a free set up sheet for your sonar, send me an e mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Anglers have these books for sale BASS FISHING ON 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We offer these waypoints for sale. You get the coordinates and you load them into your GPS unit  

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! 

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.