Fishing Reports

Lake Yonah Fishing

Lake Yonah Fishing Report
Water Temp: 70 deg
Clarity: clear
Water Level: full

Bass:
The Large Mouth Bass have starred spawning. These fish are biting frogs and lizards casted a long ways away from the boat with light line. We are catching fish that we never see. Be patient when working pockets and coves it’s easy to spook these big fish. The Spotted Bass are on fire one day and non existent the next. Look for the bigger fish on a 14 to 18 ft bottom. A Super Spin tipped with a Yamamoto swim bait has been working best for the bigger spots. Look for the Bass to start a pre spawn and spawn over the next few weeks. The trick worm bite and Finesse worm bite will be on as the majority of the Bass population head towards shallow water.
Walleye
The Walleye bite has been hit or miss lately with the cold fronts coming in every week. Try fishing before a cold front or two days after. Most of the Walleye have spawned and are back down the lake and creek channels. There are still a few fish hanging around the river channels. We have been targeting fish on the southern portions of the mountain lakes. Fish long points that have brush or cover nearby. These fish have been clinging to the bottom and will not travel far to eat a bait. It is tough when the bait population is at a high level and the bait fish are close by the fish. Night crawlers fished on a 20 to 30 ft bottom have been working well. We have also been using a bright stand up jig tipped with a crappie minnow slowly hopped up and down off the bottom. These fish should continue to feed on this same pattern for the next couple of weeks. As we near the end of May trolling crank baits will be your best bet.

Good Luck!
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
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Lake Rabun Fishing

Lake Rabun Fishing Report
Water Temp: 69 deg
Clarity: clear
Water Level: 1ft down

Bass:
The Large Mouth Bass have starred spawning. These fish are biting frogs and lizards casted a long ways away from the boat with light line. We are catching fish that we never see. Be patient when working pockets and coves it’s easy to spook these big fish. The Spotted Bass are on fire one day and non existent the next. Look for the bigger fish on a 14 to 18 ft bottom. A Super Spin tipped with a Yamamoto swim bait has been working best for the bigger spots. Look for the Bass to start a pre spawn and spawn over the next few weeks. The trick worm bite and Finesse worm bite will be on as the majority of the Bass population head towards shallow water.

Walleye
The Walleye bite has been hit or miss lately with the cold fronts coming in every week. Try fishing before a cold front or two days after. Most of the Walleye have spawned and are back down the lake and creek channels. There are still a few fish hanging around the river channels. We have been targeting fish on the southern portions of the mountain lakes. Fish long points that have brush or cover nearby. These fish have been clinging to the bottom and will not travel far to eat a bait. It is tough when the bait population is at a high level and the bait fish are close by the fish. Night crawlers fished on a 20 to 30 ft bottom have been working well. We have also been using a bright stand up jig tipped with a crappie minnow slowly hopped up and down off the bottom. These fish should continue to feed on this same pattern for the next couple of weeks. As we near the end of May trolling crank baits will be your best bet.

Good Luck!
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
7703189777
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Lake Burton Fishing Report

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water Temp: 70 deg
Clarity: clear
Water Level: full

Brown Trout:
The brown trout have made their way to the main Lake channels. They are schooled up in age classes. We are seeing a lot of young fish towards the southern portions of the lake. These fish have been biting a black rooster tail 1/8 oz trolled at approximately 2.5 mph. We often cast a small silver Little Cleo spoon towards these fish as they come up schooling. Cloudy or rainy days have been the most successful.

Bass:
The Large Mouth Bass have starred spawning. These fish are biting frogs and lizards casted a long ways away from the boat with light line. We are catching fish that we never see. Be patient when working pockets and coves it’s easy to spook these big fish. The Spotted Bass are on fire one day and non existent the next. Look for the bigger fish on a 14 to 18 ft bottom. A Super Spin tipped with a Yamamoto swim bait has been working best for the bigger spots. Look for the Bass to start a pre spawn and spawn over the next few weeks. The trick worm bite and Finesse worm bite will be on as the majority of the Bass population head towards shallow water.
Walleye
The Walleye bite has been hit or miss lately with the cold fronts coming in every week. Try fishing before a cold front or two days after. Most of the Walleye have spawned and are back down the lake and creek channels. There are still a few fish hanging around the river channels. We have been targeting fish on the southern portions of the mountain lakes. Fish long points that have brush or cover nearby. These fish have been clinging to the bottom and will not travel far to eat a bait. It is tough when the bait population is at a high level and the bait fish are close by the fish. Night crawlers fished on a 20 to 30 ft bottom have been working well. We have also been using a bright stand up jig tipped with a crappie minnow slowly hopped up and down off the bottom. These fish should continue to feed on this same pattern for the next couple of weeks. As we near the end of May trolling crank baits will be your best bet.

Good Luck!
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
7703189777
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Lake Lanier Fishing

Its that time of year again when the water has started warming and the Striped Bass has started congregating in bigger groups. The bite has been a great spring bite with some large fish caught this year on Lake Lanier. The bite will continue to get better and better over the next couple of months. Come join us for a Lake Lanier Guided Fishing Excursion.

Lake Burton Lake Rabun Fishing Report

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water Temp: 54deg
Clarity: slight stain
Level: full pool

Brown Trout
The trout are spread throughout the lake from the backs of the creeks to the main Lake channels. Trying to target these fish can be difficult. We have been looking for schooling fish rising on the surface and casting spinners and small crank baits to them. This is probably the most effective way to catch a good number of Brown Trout this time of year. The trout will continue this pattern for the next several weeks.
Bass
The Spotted Bass bite is on fire right now. They are feeding throughout most of the day. Try working long points and ditches. We have been using jerk baits and swim baits in the ditches on on quick dropping ledges. I typically work these areas until I find a fish or two. Try spending some time once you have located a couple of fish. There will be several fish in the same areas. Don’t be surprised if you catch a monster Spot or Large Mouth. The Spot will continue to be nomadic for the next few weeks in search of food before the spawn.
Walleye
The spawn should be winding down and most of the Walleye population will be in the creek and river channels of the Northern Georgia Lakes. These fish will remain here for several weeks and feed on the vast Blue-Backs that are close by. Try working small fire tiger rapalas or yozuri crank baits in a #5. Work these baits slow. The Walleye are slow taking the baits sometimes. Tipping a bright colored jig with a minnow and working the bottom is is another effective technique. The Walleye will start slowing migrating towards deeper water over the next few weeks although a few will remain in the channels until the water temps near the 70’s.

Good Luck
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
7703189777
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Georgia Record Walleye

Georgia Record Walleye

Georgia Record Walleye

Giant Georgia Walleye

Georgia Record Walleye

Georgia Record Walleye

Georgia Walleye Record

Monster Walleye Breaks Georgia State Record by 3 Pounds
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See pictures of Gainesville angler Wes Carlton, 42, who caught the new state-record walleye weighing more than 14 pounds.

Georgia probably isn’t the first place you think of when people talk about big walleyes, but Wes Carlton, of Gainesville, Ga., just put his name in the record books by shattering the former walleye state record by more than 3 pounds. Carlton caught his walleye on Lake Rabun on Feb. 19, 2016. The walleye weighed 14 pounds, 2 ounces and was 31 1/2 inches long. It beat the record by 3 pounds that has stood since 1995.
“Based on sampling efforts by fisheries staff, we have just been waiting on the day that a new state record walleye was pulled from Lake Rabun,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. ”Hearing about a new state record is a great start to 2016 and I hope it encourages all new and experienced anglers to get outdoors and go fish Georgia!”

Here are a couple of photos of Carlton’s amazing Georgia walleye:

Georgia Walleye Record

http://www.scout.com/outdoors/wired2fish/story/1645108-monster-walleye-breaks-georgia-record

Georgia State Record Walleye Caught

NEW State Record Walleye Caught On Lake Rabun
CLAYTON, Ga. (2/22/2016)
Angler Wes Carlton knows his walleye, and is awfully glad that he took time to go fish last week! Carlton, age 42, of Gainesville hooked the new state record walleye at Lake Rabun on Feb. 19.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, this 14 lb, 2 oz, 31 ½” inch catch beat the existing state record, established in 1995, by almost 3 pounds! A new state record has to be at least one ounce greater.

“Based on sampling efforts by fisheries staff, we have just been waiting on the day that a new state record walleye was pulled from Lake Rabun,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. ”Hearing about a new state record is a great start to 2016 and I hope it encourages all new and experienced anglers to get outdoors and go fish Georgia!”

Walleye are considered part of the perch fish family. They typically have a golden-brown colored body with a white belly. The name derives from their large, glassy marble-like eyes, and they have a spiny dorsal fin and long, sharp teeth. Up to 1-2 lb walleye are typical, but found up to 15 lb. They live in large, cold water rivers and lakes and are frequently found near boulders, points and humps. Recommended bait or lures include minnows, nightcrawlers, jigs, crankbait and spinner combos.