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Lake Burton

Lake Burton fishing report

Water Clarity: slight stain
Level: 3ft below full pool and dropping
Water Temp: 54deg

Trout:
The DNR has completed their stocking of Brown Trout for the year. An estimated 24000 trout have been dispersed throughout the lake. These fish are aggressive and will eat about anything you cast to them. The bigger trout are up in the creeks spawning. These bigger fish are slow to eat but should be back on a normal feeding in the next couple of weeks after the spawn. Try trolling big spoons or cranks baits in Herring colors about 2 mph for these bigger fish.
Bass:
The Spotted Bass are glued to the bottom. We have seen very little too water action over the last few weeks. We rely heavily on our electronics this time of year when trying to find the bigger fish. Most of the big Spots are on a 20 to 32ft bottom. Casting a sinking swim bait seems to be the ticket (white). Most of the bites we have been getting are very soft so be patient. Giving a little more time when setting the hook can be beneficial. Look for the fish to pull up a little once the water has stabilized from the turnover. There are schools of Herring from one of the lake to the other. Following these schools of bait has produced the best number lately.

Good luck!
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
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Lake Burton Fishing

Lake Burton Fishing Report:
Water Temp 69
Clarity. Stained
Full Pool
Condition. Turning Over

Brown Trout:
Most of the Brown Trout are still hanging around the south portions of the Lake. We have been catching these fish over main lake point and humps in the 30ft depths. This is a good time of year to try trolling spoons. A 5″ Silver/Green spoon combo has been working best. Alternate the distance behind the boat (20 to 60ft). Try maintaining a speed of 2 1/2 mph when trolling. The fish are biting shallow and as deep as 18ft, so vary the depths. Keep a close eye out for the Browns coming up on top chasing the Blue-Backs. This is a good time to throw a 1/4 oz Kastmaster spoon (silver/blue). This pattern should continue to work for the next few weeks.

Bass:
The Spotted Bass have been showing up in huge schools over the main lake points. They are chasing the Herring and gorging themselves. We have had fun the past few trips catching these fish on topwater (Sammy’s & Spooks). White crank baits have also been producing a good number of fish. Look for most of these fish to be staging in the 15 ft depths. The Large Mouth seem to be feeding well in the channels up in the creeks. These fish are biting a white jerk bait (Spro Mcstick) really well. Try tipping these jerk baits with a dresser treble. Keep a close eye for these fish chasing bait around. A chrome Super Spook is handy when the Large Mouth are feeding on top. Look for the swim bait bite to take off as we near mid November and the water temps dive into the 50′s. Herring color and shape swim baits seem to work best.

Walleye:
The Walleye bite has really picked up. We are catching most of these fish on live medium Crappie minnows with a split shot. Try targeting brush pile or rock structure in the 25 to 28 ft depths. The trolling bite should pick up over the next few weeks. Try trolling Shad Raps Sr7 any color at 2mph 80 ft behind the boat. This bite should last for several weeks.

Good luck!
Wes Carlton

Lake Lanier Fishing

Lake Lanier is turning over. Most of the shallow water 5 to 30 is finished. The blue back Herring are living well on the northern portions of Lake Lanier. We are starting to see the bite pick up on the North end of the lake. Most of the striped bass are small. The bigger fish will be showing up in the next fee weeks. The Spotted Bass bite has really picked up. These Spots are holding on a 14 to 25 ft bottom. The Walleye bite has picked up on Lanier also. These fish seem to be holding near brush in about 25 to 30,ft of water. Live bait seems to be the trick for catching these Georgia Walleye. Look for the bite to continue to get better as the water temps near the 60 deg mark. Good luck fishing!

Lake Burton Fishing

Lake Burton Fishing Report

Water Temp. 80 deg
Clarity. Clear
Level. Full Pool

Brown Trout:
The Brown Trout are concentrated on the south end of the Lake. They are holding on an 80 ft bottom. Most of the schooling fish (1 to 2lbs) are on the move. These younger fish are migrating back and forth up and down the main Lake channels. They seem to be sticking close to the Blue Back Herring schools. Try scanning the surface for these fish early in the morning’s. We have been able to cast a small Little Cleo spoon or a Super Fish Spin with a small fluke and have had good success. Using live bait on these schooling fish has not been productive due to the amount water they are covering chasing the bait. The trolling bite has been producing the bigger fish. We have been trolling Lucky Craft pointers in Herring colors 20ft deep at 2.6 mph. This pattern should continue to be successful for the next several weeks until the water temps fall into the 70′s.
Bass:
The Bass are biting sporadically. The early morning Large Mouth bite around the shoreline brush and timber is great. We have been catching the bigger fish on plastic swim baits and hard jointed swim baits in the 6 inch range in Herring or Yellow Perch colors. This bite is usually over around 9 am. We have been moving out over main Lake points and hump around 9am. This seems to be where the biggest concentrations of Spotted Bass are. Last week we dropped an underwater camera down on a 26 ft bottom and to our surprise saw hundreds of Spotted Bass in the 2 to 3 lbs range. This was exciting with the exception that we were not catching these fish. This past week these fish started feeding a little. The peak feeding time for most of these schooling Spots has been mid day/ afternoon (Sun up). We have been catching most of these fish on white jerk baits and Chrome Super Spooks. Once you get the school excited they all come to investigate. Look for the top water bite to really pick up over the next few weeks as these fish will start pulling up shallower.
Good Luck!
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
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Lake Lanier Fishing

Lake Lanier summer fishing is in full swing. The Striped Bass are on the southern portions of the lake over deep water. Most of the bigger fish seem to be holding on an 80 to 100ft bottom. We have been catching these fish with Blue Back Herring suspended in the 45 to 90ft mark. Using a reel with a line counter really comes in handy this time of year. Using fresh bait also helps when it comes to picky fish. Fluorocarbon leader is a must when Striper fishing. This time of year we rely on our electronics to locate the Lake Lanier Striped Bass. Once we find them we drop baits quickly to see if the fish will fire up and start biting. Using a Capt Mack Farr bucktail jig tipped with a Zoom paddle tail or Fluke is another good technique on locating fish. Once the fish have been located try keeping a live bait going up and down to draw their attention and keep them around. These fish will move on if there is not bait source for them to eat! Don’t be surprised if every rod on the boat gets bit at once. These fish are aggressive this time of year and tune in to other fish eating. Make sure your reel drag setting is good. Lake Lanier boast a lot of trees that these fishlove to run down into. Please remember to only keep what you need and release the others. Good luck. Lake Lanier is an awesome fishery. We are lucky to have this so close to Atlanta.
Wes Carlton

Lake Burton Fishing

Lake Burton/ Rabun Fishing Report Water Temp: 79deg
Water Clarity: clear
Water Level: Full

Brown Trout: The Brown Trout have started congregating in small groups on the main lake humps and points. Most of these fish are in 35 to 60ft of water. We have been catching some really nice fish over the last couple of weeks with a few being in the 7 to 8 lbs range. Try to target rock outcroppings or heavy brush. These fish seem to be feeding on the Herring & Crawfish in and around this type of structure. Drop shotting small pearl white flukes or a small gold Flex-it spoon have been working beat. The Brown Trout population seems to be thriving well this summer.

Bass: The Largemouth bite has been an early morning bite. Try using a Super Spook or a small prop bait. There have not been many of these fish biting, but the ones that have have been BIG! Spotted Bass are schooled up great with hundreds of small yearlings on the main lake points. I have seen more schools of Spots on Lake Burton than in prior years.
This pattern should hold for the next couple of weeks with the fish feeding better every week as we head towards fall!
Yellow Perch:
Yellow Perch often go unnoticed in Georgia. This fishery thrives in most of the North Georgia Lakes. These fish are healthy and have learned to thrive off of the Blue-Back Herring population that the Mountain Lakes boast. During the late summer months Yellow Perch group up in the grass and brush around the shorelines. Most of these fish can be found in the 18 to 20ft water depths. Catching them is not difficult if you are close to one of these schools. Using a variety of baits an angler can be productive. Crappie minnows on a jig head often produces the better 12 to 14 inch fish. Any pan fish jig works well. My favorite technique is the Drop Shot with a small brown Robo Worm. Look for these fish on the fish finder close to the grass. They burry deep inside of these grass mats. Cast a drop shot or jig out away from the boat working it on the bottom back towards the boat. This will help locate the fish faster. Once the Perch are located they should be plentiful! Oh and did I mention “These Are Great Table Fare!” real close to Walleye in taste.

Good luck!
Wes Carlton
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Lake Burton Fishing Report August 2014

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water Temp 80 deg
Clarity: slight stain
Level: full pool

Lake Burton is slowly starting to stratify. The oxygen content at shallow depths is very low forcing most of the cool water fish to move out over the main lake channel in deep water. The thermocline seems to be setting up in about 16 to 19ft of water right now. This causes the fish to go very deep for a week or so until a solid summer thermocline is established.

Brown Trout:
The Brown Trout bite has really picked up. The majority of the trout population have moved over the southern portions of Lake Burton. The fish can be found on a 38ft bottom and an 60ft bottom. The key to catching these trout is locating them on the fish finder. Spend some time scanning for them before trying to catch them! This will eliminate ” cold blind fishing”. Try trolling white spoons or Herring color cranks baits in the 20 ft depth range. Monitoring boat speed is essential this time of year. We try to maintain a speed of 2.8 mph making several passes the in the areas where the fish are located. Medium Crappie minnows and night crawlers work well this time of year. There are a lot of younger fish surfacing in the mornings eating small Blue Back Herring Fry. Cast a small gold Little Cleo spoon at these fish. Look for the trout to remain over deep water the next couple of weeks.

Bass
The majority of the bass are out over deep water 30 to 60 ft. Most of these fish are suspending near or close to structure. We have been catching these fish drop shooting (green Robo Worms). We have also been using a Super Fish (Super Spin in 1/2 oz white head) tipped with a white Zoom fluke Jr. Try working this bait on steep ledges where the fish can access deep water quickly. Try working the Super Spin in the 26 to 40 ft of water. This is a very effective way to catch a nice Large Mouth or Spotted Bass this time of year. Look for this bite to continue throughout the next few weeks.

Yellow Perch
The Yellow Perch are on their annual migration from the shallows to deeper water. Look for these fish in and around grass from 16 to 20ft deep. We have been drop shooting small Robo Worms for these fish. The last few trips have been very productive. We have been averaging around 80 fish per trip with some of these tipping the scales at 1 1/2lbs.

Good luck!
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
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Lake Lanier Fishing

Summer is a great time to catch an abundance of Lake Laniers quality fish.

Lake Burton Fishing/ Report

Brown Trout:
The Brown Trout bite has really picked up. The majority of the trout population had moved over the southern portions of Lake Burton. The fish can be found on a 38ft bottom and an 80ft bottom. The key to catching these trout is locating them on the fish finder. Spend some time scanning for them before trying to catch them! This will eliminate ” cold blind fishing”. Try trolling white spoons or Herring color cranks baits in the 20 ft depth range. Monitoring boat speed is essential this time of year. We try to maintain a speed of 2.8 mph making several passes the in the areas where the fish are located. Look for the trout to remain over deep water the next couple of months.

Bass
The majority of the bass are out over deep water 30 to 60 ft. Most of these fish are suspending near or close to structure. We have been catching these fish drop shooting ( Robo Worms). We have also been using a Super Fish (Super Spin in 1/2 oz white head) tipped with a white Zoom fluke Jr. Try working this bait on steep ledges where the fish can access deep water quickly. Look for this bite to continue throughout the next few weeks.
Good luck!
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
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Lake Burton Fishing/ July Report

> Lake Burton Fishing Report
>>>> Level. Full pool
>>>> Clarity: clear
>>>> Temp: 79 deg
>>>> Brown Trout:
>>>> The Brown Trout are starting to migrate towards the south portions of
>>>> Lake Burton. Most of these fish are hanging on a 30 to 40 ft bottom
>>>> near
>>>> the main lake channels. We have been catching some real quality fish
>>>> the
>>>> last few days trolling. A few fish have tipped the scales at 9 lbs.
>>>> Spoons
>>>> seem to be the bait of choice second to Blue- Backs right now. We have
>>>> been
>>>> trolling silver and green Crocodile spoons at 3 mph at a depth of
>>>> 20ft.
>>>> Be
>>>> sure to make lots of sharp turns. Look for these fish to slowly
>>>> migrate
>>>> further south in the next few weeks as the water temperature rises
>>>> toward
>>>> the low 80 deg mark.
>>>> Bass:
>>>> Most of the Bass have spawned now and have pulled out over deeper
>>>> water.
>>>> Most of these fish are holding tight to a 25 to 32ft bottom. There
>>>> have
>>>> been days when the bite is tough and days where we can catch them on
>>>> plain
>>>> hooks. Deep diving white crank baits have been working well
>>>> ( Strike King xd 10). (Super Fish) jigs tipped with a white fluke
>>>> have
>>>> been working the best. This is a small blade lure that should be
>>>> worked
>>>> close to the bottom. It seems to bring the fish up. Once there up
>>>> feeding
>>>> they will keep aggressively biting. There is a little top water
>>>> action
>>>> mid
>>>> morning/ mid-day. Be sure to keep a spook bait tied on or a jerk bait
>>>> for
>>>> quick access. Look for these bass to remain in these depths for the
>>>> next
>>>> few weeks. The bite pattern will become more predictable ( early to
>>>> mid
>>>> morning and late afternoon).
>>>>
>>>> Good luck!
>>>> Wes Carlton
>>>> 7703189777