Fishing Reports

Lake Lanier Fishing

Striper
The Striped Bass are schooling up near the mouth of the creeks and working areas near bait fish. Some of these schools have been massive! Downlinning and free lining Blue Backs has been the trick lately. Pay close attention to your electronics. Finding these schools takes time and time on the water learning to read a sonar is beneficial. Gainesville is a great area to start looking.
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Lake Burton Fishing

Lake Burton Fishing Report

Water temp 61
Clarity clear
Level: full pool

Walleye:
The Walleye have started feeding better over the last couple of days. We are now catching fish with some size to them. Most of the fish seem to be congregated on long points that have good access to deeper water. I am starting off the day trolling small crank baits up shall low on the 6 to 14 ft water depths. Clipping long points and brushy bank lines have been producing the better fish. We have been occasionally casting a blue back Herring or Jerk Bait in the grass along the edges of coves this has been working well. This pattern should continue over the next few weeks. We will slowly begin moving out over deeper water over the next few weeks as the water temperature rises. Walleye are very structure oriented fish. Always keep this in mind. These fish can be caught during daylight hours so be patient when fishing for them. Sometimes they are often found close to Spotted Bass but the bass are so aggressive that the angler often leaves a good location to go in search for the honey hole.
Brown Trout:
The smaller trout seem to be pilled up in the creek channels. A small Rapala Countdown or spinner ( silver) has been working well. We caught two nice Brook trout this week on Lake Burton. These fish are absolutely beautiful! Most of the bigger Brown Trout are close to the main lake channel. These fish are feed on the schools of Blue Backs that are moving around the lake. Look for the bait and the Brown’s are not far behind. Casting a small spoon towards these bait fish will certainly produce some big Brown Trout.
Bass:
The Large mouth have finished spawning and are finally feeding again. We caught some huge fish this week with the average size being 5 to 6 lbs. Most of the Large mouth are feeding up shallow early in the backs of the creeks along brush and trees. White crank baits are working well. After 9 am or so move toward the 14 to 16 ft range and work a Sinko or Ned Rig on the bottom. This is where most of the bigger females are.
Yellow Perch:
Get ready. We have been catching some monster Yellow Perch the last two weeks while Bass and Walleye fishing. The perch will start congregating in the grass flats near Creek channels soon.
Good luck!
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
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Walleye

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water Temp 84deg
Clarity: clear
Level: 6in down

Trout:
The Brown Trout have been hit or miss lately. These fish are on the southern portions of the lake but often glued to the bottom. We have been catching a few fish trolling Lucky Craft pointer 78 jerk baits in Herring Color. These fish should start biting a little better in August as the thermocline settles.
Bass.
The bass are deep right now and unless your near a school of Herring your not going to see much sign of these fish on top. The backs of the creeks still have quite a few bait fish in them and the Spots are chasing them around. Try using some kind of Chug or small top water bait. My other option for Bass fishing is working a drop shot off of the main lake channel points.
Yellow Perch
The Perch are starting to congregate in bigger schools near grass and brush. These fish are generally in the 16 to 25 ft depths. Crappie minnows work great for catching Yellow Perch. These fish hold close to the bottom so keeping your bait near the bottom is essential for catching a mess. These fish should continue this pattern over the next couple of months.

Good Luck!
Wes Carlton
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Lake Burton Fishing

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water temp: 56deg
Clarity: clear
Level: full pool
Bass
The bass are shallow and deep. Most of the bigger Spotted Bass have been holding on a 20ft bottom and are feeding on light color crank baits and weedless jigs. Seems to be when you find one you have found a school. We have been doing a lot of sight fishing for these fish lately. They are chasing the school’s of Herring around the main lake points and ditches. Keep a topwater Fluke or Spook tied on for these topwater fish. Most of the bass including the Large Mouth should pull up shallow over the next few weeks and begin to spawn.
Walleye
The Walleye are in full spawn and not very hungry right. These fish will be hungry and feeding in the next couple of weeks. Look for them on a 15 to 25ft bottom. Trolling spoons or crank bait lures in these areas is your best bet this time of year. Don’t be surprised if you catch a monster.
Trout
The Brown Trout have been fairly shallow the last few weeks. Most of the concentrated groups are in the mouths of the creeks. We have been catching a lot of fish on plain old Rooster Tails in bright colors. These fish will slowly migrate out of the creeks into deeper water as we near April. Finding the school’s of smaller Herring will be a good place to find the majority of the Brown Trout population. The key to catching trout this time of year is covering a lot of water and watching for schools of fish on the electronics. We will start trolling spoons during the month of April. Try using a bright colored spoon. This doubles as a Walleye bait as well as Trout bait.

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Wes Carlton
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Hiwassee Lake Fishing

Bass:
The Bass bite has been excellent the last few days with a lot of fish up shallow. The Alabama rig is working great ! We have been catching some bigger Spots and Largemouth on hard plastic swim baits in the 7in range ( white/off white). Most of the fish we have caught have been around the bank lines. We have been watching for these fish to push bait up and then working those areas. This bite should continue for the next several weeks if the water temps continue to rise as they typically do this time of year.

Walleye
The Walleye bite is is full swing. We have been catching most of our fish on down lining Blue Back Herring and slow trolling night crawlers just on the bottom. The best bite seems to be in the 20ft depths. Be patient with these fish. Most of the time the Walleye nibble and don’t take the bait right away. The Walleye will be heading up the creeks to spawn anytime now and will be easier to catch on shallow diving plugs and crank baits. Look for these fish to continue thier pilgrimage up the creeks and rivers for the spawning run!

Lake Chatuge Fishing

Bass:
The Bass bite has been excellent the last few days with a lot of fish up shallow. The Alabama rig is working great ! We have been catching some bigger Spots and Largemouth on hard plastic swim baits in the 7in range ( white/off white). Most of the fish we have caught have been around the bank lines. We have been watching for these fish to push bait up and then working those areas. This bite should continue for the next several weeks if the water temps continue to rise as they typically do this time of year.

Walleye
The Walleye bite is is full swing. We have been catching most of our fish on down lining Blue Back Herring and slow trolling night crawlers just on the bottom. The best bite seems to be in the 20ft depths. Be patient with these fish. Most of the time the Walleye nibble and don’t take the bait right away. The Walleye will be heading up the creeks to spawn anytime now and will be easier to catch on shallow diving plugs and crank baits. Look for these fish to continue thier pilgrimage up the creeks and rivers for the spawning run!

Lake Lanier Fishing

Spring is on the horizon. Lots of Lake Lanier fish are starting to bite. The Crappie fishing has been good on the northern part of the lake with several days of 100 plus fish. The Striped Bass bite has really fired up over the last few days. These fish are feeding on small baits right now so matching the hatch is essential. We have been fishing these fish on a 14 to 25 ft bottom. Free linning baits over points and along the bank lines has been most productive.
Walleye
The Walleye bite is is full swing. We have been catching most of our fish on down lining Blue Back Herring and slow trolling night crawlers just on the bottom. The best bite seems to be in the 20ft depths. Be patient with these fish. Most of the time the Walleye nibble and don’t take the bait right away. The Walleye will be heading up the creeks to spawn anytime now and will be easier to catch on shallow diving plugs and crank baits. Look for these fish to continue thier pilgrimage up the creeks and rivers for the spawning run!

Lake Burton Fishing

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water temp: 47deg
Clarity : clear
Level: full pool
Bass:
The Bass bite has been excellent the last few days with a lot of fish up shallow. The Alabama rig is working great ! We have been catching some bigger Spots and Largemouth on hard plastic swim baits in the 7in range ( white/off white). Most of the fish we have caught have been around the bank lines. We have been watching for these fish to push bait up and then working those areas. This bite should continue for the next several weeks if the water temps continue to rise as they typically do this time of year.

Walleye
The Walleye bite is is full swing. We have been catching most of our fish on down lining Blue Back Herring and slow trolling night crawlers just on the bottom. The best bite seems to be in the 20ft depths. Be patient with these fish. Most of the time the Walleye nibble and don’t take the bait right away. The Walleye will be heading up the creeks to spawn anytime now and will be easier to catch on shallow diving plugs and crank baits. Look for these fish to continue thier pilgrimage up the creeks and rivers for the spawning run!

Brown Trout
The trout have been deep this winter. Most of them have been hanging out over the main lake channel only coming up to feed on the vast bait population a few times a day. We have been lucky enough on a few recent trips to catch some really nice Browns while casting for Bass up in the creek channel’s. These fish were caught on a white Spro Mcstick. The Brown Trout follow the bait population. So if the Blue Back Herring are deep, more than likely the trout are deep.

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Wes Carlton
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Lake Chatuge Fishing Charter

The Spotted Bass bite has been steady the last few weeks. Most of the big fish are deep hanging out over a 35 to 40ft bottom. We have been catching most of the bass on under spins ( Super Fish white 1/2 oz tipped with a white fluke). This is a tough technique to learn but produces some really nice fish. Try casting out away from the boat in the 20ft range and slow roll this lure back towards the boat keeping it at this 20ft depth. The fish will rise off of that 30ft bottom to eat the bait. The key is maintaining that 20ft depth. We have been working long main lake points and ditches in the backs of creeks. Don’t be surprised if you catch a monster Spot! The Spots should continue to hold over deep water over the next several weeks occasionally coming up to the surface mid day chasing Herring.
Walleye
The Walleye bite is in full swing. We have been fishing night crawlers on the bottom as well downlinning Blue Back Herring. Most of the Walleye seem to be holding on a 25 to 30ft bottom and rising to the 15ft depths to feed on points. Positioning the boat over the fish is very critical. Walleye are not very aggressive and take several seconds to catch the bait sometimes. This can be tough in the winter on the northern lakes in the wind. Just remember Walleye are very bottom oriented fish and only travel just a few feet of the bottom to feed. The trolling bite will be picking up in the next few weeks. We will be dragging an array of colorful crank baits.

Hiwassee Lake Fishing Guide

The Spotted Bass bite has been steady the last few weeks. Most of the big fish are deep hanging out over a 35 to 40ft bottom. We have been catching most of the bass on under spins ( Super Fish white 1/2 oz tipped with a white fluke). This is a tough technique to learn but produces some really nice fish. Try casting out away from the boat in the 20ft range and slow roll this lure back towards the boat keeping it at this 20ft depth. The fish will rise off of that 30ft bottom to eat the bait. The key is maintaining that 20ft depth. We have been working long main lake points and ditches in the backs of creeks. Don’t be surprised if you catch a monster Spot! The Spots should continue to hold over deep water over the next several weeks occasionally coming up to the surface mid day chasing Herring.