Lake Lanier Fishing Report
September 14th 2017
Striper fishing is good. The lake temperature has dropped from 82 to 72 degrees in a week. That is crazy for this time of year. This temperature change has “released” the Stripers from the deep water refuge and they are free to move up in the water column. Consequently, we are seeing top water action early. Now is the time to keep your eyes on the water scanning for surfacing fish. The Spotted Bass are also hitting on top and we have had a report of both Sripers and Spotted Bass feeding on the same school of bait. The small Chug Bug, Spook and ½ oz bucktail will work on these surfacing fish. One approach is to deploy free lines with a couple of split shots 50 to 100 feet behind the boat and set your downrods at depths of 20 to 40 feet and target points and reef markers. Always keep someone on the front deck casting top water. There are still fish suspended at 25 to 50 feet in the creek channels and main lake pockets. Trolling Umbrella Rigs and lead core line will work for these suspended fish. Our Umbrella rigs consists of a 3 ounce frame and 9 one ounce Captain Mack’s chipmunk jigs with white or chartreuse 4 inch shad bodies. Set the Umbrella rigs 130 – 150 feet back and trolling at a speed of 2.8 to 3.2 MPH. We are also focusing on main lake and creek channels with lead core line with a one ounce Captain Mack’s buck tail jig. Set your lead core line at 8 – 9 colors and troll at 3.0 to 3.8 MPH. One of the challenges is finding the fish. The fish are moving and it is not unusual to see a large school of Stripers and the next minute they are nowhere to be found. Most of the action has been from Vans Tavern south to the Dam. However it would not be surprising to see fish move North of Browns Bridge this week. The key will be the water temperature. The water temperature is in the low 70s. The water is stained in the backs of the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 5.4 feet below full pool.
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