Lake Lanier Fishing Report
September 28th 2017
Striper fishing is fair. High Pressure, Blue Bird Sky’s, Record High Temperatures and very little Wind this past week have to contributed to difficult fishing conditions. I cannot remember a water temperature of 83 degrees in late September. The Stripers are just not aggressive during the day. However, there has been an early morning and late afternoon bite but from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm the Stripers have not been biting. We may get a break with a cold front which should “fire up” the Stripers but until the water cools and the lake turns over we can expect this tough fishing conditions to continue. We are primarily fishing down rods and weighted free lines with Herring and medium minnows. One morning they want small baits and the next day they only want large Herring. Do not try figure out why; just take both and see what works. The fish are scattered from Browns to the Dam on points, main lake pockets, creek channels and river channels. If the fish are not biting your down rod try deploying a couple of free lines and move at .5 – .8MPH. You can also try to get a reaction bite by trolling umbrella rigs or lead core. The key is to try something different. Do not waste a lot of time in any one spot or any one technique. We are rigging our down rods with 6 – 8 foot of Seagar fluorocarbon 12lb. test leaders with a 2oz weight and a #1 or #1/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hook for Herring and a #4 Octopus for the medium minnows. The water is stained in the backs of the creeks and clear on the main lake. The water temperature is in the low to mid 80’s. The lake is 5.7 feet below full pool.
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