Lake Sidney Lanier Striper Fishing Report 05/09/2012
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Striper fishing is very good. The fish are beginning to school and there has been some surfacing fish in the early am. However, there are lots of striper boats chasing surfacing fish and the fish are not staying up very long and will scatter in a heartbeat. You are probably better off pulling herring on points with a focus on points next to channel bends.
I am still pulling both down rods and free lines and catching fish equally on both. Free lines at 120 feet back, weighted free lines with a couple of split shots at 70 feet back and down rods at 18 to 25 feet. Herring is the preferred bait. Put some ice in your bait tank water and do not let the temperature get above 70 degrees. If you have oxygen it is time to start using it. While you are pulling baits put someone on the front deck casting a bucktail with a shad body. Caught a couple of fish last week on Umbrella rigs pulling them on the edge of creek channels with a high concentration of bait. I use a four arm three ounce rig loaded with nine one ounce jigs pulled at 80 to 100 feet back. There are fish lake wide in
the mouth of the creeks and the river channel. I have been fishing the North end but there are fish lake wide. Some places to start on the North end are Gainesville Creek, river channel from Gainesville Marina to Browns Bridge and the mouth of the Chestatee river. Shoal Creek, Young Deer Creek, Orr Creek and Mud Creek are good starting points on the South end