September 26, 2014
LAKE LANIER IS 3.2 FEET BELOW FULL POOL, THE MAIN LAKE AND CREEKS ARE CLEAR & 79 DEGREES
This Lake Lanier Bass report is from Jimbo Mathley. www.jimboonlanier.com 770 642 7764
Bass fishing is very good. Top water and swim baits worked fast over brush in 20 30 feet of water is still the deal. 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. The wind definitely helps this bite. There are some fish holding out deep, so don't hesitate to try them on the drop shot. That 40 to 45 area foot area at the timberline seems to be best. Look for the singles and doubles to drop on as they will most likely be your best fish. Next week I have the mornings of October 2 and 3 open, and I have the mornings open most of the following week. The bite is good right now and will be getting better as the fall weather has arrived.
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 is very good despite the wind and cool conditions. The lake temperature is in the high 70's in the morning and low 80's in the afternoon. The water is lightly stained in the back of the creeks and clear on the main lake both north and south. Fish the mouth of the creeks from Orr Creek to the Dam as your best bet. Blue back herring on down rods at 50 to 80 feet down over a 90 to 130 foot bottom is the top producer. We are rigging the down rods with a 2 ounce weight and a 7 foot, 12 pound test Seaguar fluorocarbon leader with a Gamakatsu Octopus hook number 1 or 1/0 depending on the size of the Herring. Buck tail jigs with a 4 inch shad body with lead core line at 8 to 9 colors is improving and almost as effective as bait. White has been the preferred color for the shad bodies on both lead core and Umbrella rigs. We had great results this week with umbrella rigs at 170 to 190 feet back. Tie a 4 arm 3 ounce umbrella with 9, one ounce jigs. This is a heavy rig which lets you get down to the fish when pulled at 2.8 to 3.0 mph. Flowery Branch, Big Creek, Two mile Creek and Bald Ridge Creek are good places to start.
Anglers stop by the 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