Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report 11-16 – 2017

Lake Lanier Fishing Report

November 16th 2017

Striper fishing is fair and improving. The water temperature has finally dropped into the low 60’s. Fishing has improved and should only get better as the turnover resumes. The Sea Gulls have started to show up and they are always a welcome sight to fisherman. The fish are moving and finding them is a challenge. The Sea Gulls can be used to locate feeding Stripers. The key is to keep your eyes on the water looking for Gulls feeding on bait fish pushed to the surface by feeding Stripers. If you see Gulls searching an area the odds are there are fish in the area. Spend time checking the area and look for bait fish. Once you locate an area with significant amount of bait fish you have can use Umbrella Rigs as a search tool or you can deploy free line Herring. Use split shots and vary the distance behind the boat and planner boards to cover a wide area both horizontally and vertically in the water column. Vary the speed on your trolling motor from .7 to 1.0 MPH. Focus on mid-lake creek mouths from Browns Bridge to the Dam. The water temperature is in the low 60’s. The water is lightly stained in the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 5.37 feet below full pool. 

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Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report – 9-28-2017

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. 

To book your guide trip call Captain Ken at 404-561-2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report – 9-14-2017

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.

To book your guide trip call Captain Ken at 404-561-2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report – 9-07-2017

Lake Lanier Fishing Report

September 7th 2017

Striper fishing continues to be very good. All of the typical summer time techniques continue to work; down rods with Blueback Herring, trolling with Umbrella Rigs and lead core line. We have seen some fish surfacing early in the morning this week. They are not staying up long and will spook if you approach with the big motor. Move to these surfacing fish with the trolling motor. Cast a ½ ounce buck tail jig with a small pearl shad body and vary your retrieval speed. Deploy a free line Herring in addition to your down rods and search the area. If you are over fish but cannot get them to bite try the following. 1. Space your baits throughout the water column from the bottom to 35 feet. 2. Power reel a Ben Parker spoon with baits deployed. 3. When you see the fish coming up off the bottom to look at your bait, reel your bait up 5 – 10 feet to get extra bait movement as the fish approach’s your bait. 4. Troll down rods at .4 mph and use your jack rabbit to accelerate and deaccelerate to get a reaction bite. Change bait often every 5 minutes. We have been doing a lot of trolling this year using our newly installed Lowrance Outboard Autopilot. The autopilot gives you the ability to have the boat steer itself to a predetermined location (waypoint), a route you set up or simply go straight based on current heading. All this is done with a tap of your Lowrance screen. You can also change heading, make turns and set up zig zag patterns to a location. If you like to troll this is a “must have” tool. In addition we have “troll mode” on our Suzuki outboard engine which allows you to increase or decrease our outboard speed by 50 RPM with the push of a button. This allows you to set and change your RPM speed without moving the throttle handle. Check with your Suzuki dealer for available of Troll Mode. 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 also focused 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. Orr Creek, Two Mile Creek, Six Mile Creek, Shoal Creek, Big Creek and the river channel from Flat creek to the Dam are all good places to start your day. The water temperature is in the low 80s. The water is stained in the backs of the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 5.6 feet below full pool.  

 To book your guide trip call Captain Ken at 404-561-2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report – 9-01-2017

Lake Lanier Fishing Report

September 1st 2017

Striper fishing is very good. All of the typical summer time techniques continue to work; down rods with Blueback Herring, trolling with Umbrella Rigs and lead core line. We spent a lot of time trolling Umbrella rigs this past week fishing main lake and creek pockets that require a lot of turns versus lead core line that is 300 feet behind the boat which makes quick turns difficult.  We are using “heavy” Umbrella rigs consisting 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 also focused 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.  Over the years we have used a number of different rods to troll Umbrella rigs and lead core. We have not been very happy with the ones we have used and have been unable to find a rod that would work well with both. PROBLEM SOLVED! Captain Mack working with Okuma designed a new trolling rod that would work with both Umbrella rigs and lead core line. We have been using this new rod for 9 months and are very happy with the results. Check out these new “yellow” rods. They are available at Hammonds Fishing, Oakwood Bait and Tackle, Buford Dam Bait and Tackle and www.captMacks.com.  We have also received reports that the Ben Parker magnum spoon has started to work. We hope to try them this week and follow up with next week’s report.  Orr Creek, Two Mile Creek, Six Mile Creek, Shoal Creek, Big Creek and the river channel from Flat creek to the Dam are all good places to start your day. The water temperature is mid-80s. The water is stained in the backs of the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 5.6 feet below full pool.

 To book your guide trip call Captain Ken at 404-561-2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report – 8-24-2017

Lake Lanier Fishing Report

August 24th 2017

Striper fishing is good. We caught fish last week with live bait, Umbrella rigs and Lead Core line. There is an abundance of bait in the lake this year and the fish are picky and can be difficult to get to bite. We have been experimenting with 8 and 10 pound test leaders and longer leaders up to 12 – 15 feet. While we have not concluded we are getting any extra bites with the lighter and longer leaders we are experiencing more line breaks and more fish getting into the trees; especially the big fish. Having your drag set correctly is critical when using 8 and 10 pound test leader. Also, with the lake down 5.5 feet expect to get into the trees when you loosen the drag to accommodate the lighter line. We recommend you use 12 pound test leaders 6 to 8 feet in length. If you want to experiment tie up a down rod or two with lighter line and longer leaders and compare success rates. If the bait bite slows we are switching to trolling Umbrella rigs and targeting main lake and creek mouth pockets. The Umbrella rig worked well this past week fishing areas like pockets that require a lot of turns versus lead core line that is 280 feet behind the boat which makes quick turns difficult.  We are using “heavy” Umbrella rigs consisting 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. The Lead Core bite in lake and creek channels has slowed some this week. Orr Creek, Two Mile Creek, Six Mile Creek, Shoal Creek and Big Creek are all good places to start your day. The water temperature is mid-80s. The water is stained in the backs of the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 5.6 feet below full pool.

To book your guide trip call Captain Ken at 404-561-2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report – 8-17-2017

Lake Lanier Fishing Report

August 17th 2017

Striper fishing is good.  Not a lot has changed this week. We are fishing from first light to noon. There is an afternoon bite but with 90+ degree temperatures and a high chance of thunderstorms is keeping us fishing mornings. The down rod with Blueback Herring early has been and will continue to be the best technique. If the bait bite slows we are switching to trolling Umbrella rigs and targeting main lake and creek mouth pockets. The Umbrella rig is a great tool for fishing areas like pockets that require a lot of turns versus lead core line that is 280 feet behind the boat and makes quick turns difficult.  We are using “heavy” Umbrella rigs consisting 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 feet back and trolling at a speed of 2.8 to 3.2 MPH. Keep your eye on your Lowrance HDS and if you see a tree less than 30 feet power up to jump your rigs over the trees. We are also finding some fish in the creek and river channels and targeting them with Lead Core line. Set the Lead core line at 7 to 8 colors and a speed of 2.8 to 3.5 MPH. We are using 9 one ounce Captain Mack’s chipmunk jigs with a white or chartreuse chad body or Blueback Herring.  Orr Creek, Two Mile Creek, Six Mile Creek, Shoal Creek and the river channel from Flat creek to the Dam are all good places to start your day. The water temperature is mid-80s. 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.

To book your guide trip call Captain Ken at 404-561-2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report – 8-11-2017

Lake Lanier Fishing Report

August 11th 2017

Striper fishing is good.  The down rod bite picked back up this week and the fishing has been good all day due to the overcast skies and rain. The fish have been in the water column from 35 to 100 feet. When you find a school deploy your down rods at various depths until you find the best depth to use. Look for the shallow (35 foot) fish to be aggressive early and the deeper fish to fire up mid to late morning. We have also had reports of the Ben Parker spoon working. Drop these big magnum spoons below the fish and reel it up through the school. Stand where you can see your Lowrance HDS and use a line counter reel to ensure you are not dropping the spoon into the trees.  Keep a top water bait tied on and look for Stripers feeding on the surface. That’s right, it’s August and you can find Stripers on the surface! Also pitch a Blueback Herring out the back of the boat when you are down rod fishing. You may pick up an extra bite or two. Last week we offered the following tip: “When you see the fish coming up off the bottom to look at your bait, reel your bait up 5 – 10 feet to get extra bait movement”. This technique has worked well this week; try it. Umbrella rigs are working but we did not spend a lot of time pulling them because the down rod bite was working. We are using “heavy” Umbrella rigs consisting 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 to 160 feet back and trolling at a speed of 2.8 to 3.2 MPH. Keep your eye on your Lowrance HDS and if you see a tree less than 30 feet power up to jump your rigs over the trees.  Set the Lead core line at 7 to 8 colors and a speed of 2.8 to 3.5 MPH. We are using 9 one ounce Captain Mack’s chipmunk jigs with a white or chartreuse chad body or Blueback Herring. Main lake pockets and creek mouths from Flat Creek to the Dam are holding fish. Keep moving until you find 3 to 4 fish. Deploy your down rods and if you do not get bit in 10 minutes; pull up and keep searching. The water temperature is in low to mid 80’s. The water is stained in the backs of the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 5.8 feet below full pool.

 

To book your guide trip call Captain Ken at 404-561-2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com