Fishing Reports

Lake Lanier Fishing Report

Dog days are here. The Striped Bass action has been hot!! The water temp is still in the 80’s and the fish are still hanging on the south end of Lake Lanier. We have been catching most of our fish over a 100ft bottom. These fish are grouped up tight in big schools. The Capt. Mack Bucktail bite has turned on. Try dropping these jigs down through the Stripped Bass schools and reeling up very fast while stopping to pause briefly. Just hold on to yhe rod because when they hit its like a frieght train running on the end of your line!

Lake Burton Fishing

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Lake Level : full pool
Water Temp: 79
Clarity: clear

Brown Trout
The bite was great the first few weeks of August, but has slowed. We have had several fish in the 5 to 6lbs range the last week or two. These fish are starting feed on a normal pattern (early am, and late afternoon). Most of the fish we have been catching are trolling. The secret depth seems to be 24ft in the morning and 28 to 30ft in the afternoon. Use bright color crank baits and spoons, any size will work right now. The Trout should start congregating in bigger schools by the first of September, and be easier to catch!
Bass
The Largemouth bite has been decent early in the morning on topwater or around docks. Try using a white fluke or a finese worm.
Spotted bass have been schooling mid-morning in and around humps and points. We have been catching most of these fish on green X-raps.

Walleye:
The bite has been good early in the morning. The fish seem to be hanging in the 25 to 30ft mark early in the morning and 40 to 50 ft mid-day. Look for long points that have a gradual drop. Try trolling large crankbaits with dipsy divers or downriggers. This pattern will remain the same over the next few weeks.

Thanks
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing

Lake Lanier Fishing Guides

The Striped Bass bite is Hot!! And sonare the air temperatures. The Lake Lanier Striped Bass population seems to be thriving well! Mostbof the bigger fish are over the lower portions of the lake. We have been droping Herring between 40/and as deep as 100ft deep. We have had some 50plus fish days this summer. Come join us for a guided Striped Bass Trip.

Lake Burton Fishing

Its that time if year when North Georgias Yellow Perch group up in big schools and begin to feed good. These fish are hungry and easy to catch. With the recent hot temperatures this drive these Perch to deeper water. Come enjoy a guided Yellow Perch trip with us.

Georgia Lakes Report

We have some “hot” news about a) a record bass and b) a new survey for you. There are also some tips and trip reports on hot summer fishing opportunities across north Georgia, so read on.

The summer fishing pattern continues, and it is dominated by warm water effects on our respective target species. For trout, anglers oughta tuck in behind the two big dams holding back winter water (Blue Ridge, Buford) or hike way up the mountain until their stream thermometer reads 66 degrees.

For lake bass, hit the deep humps and brush piles with the drop shot rig, after giving them a few first casts with a topwater plug.

For reservoir stripers and hybrids, the summer squeeze is on. As the warm surface layer thickens and as the dissolved oxygen dies from the lake bottom upward, these coolwater species will start getting squeezed. They’ll squeeze into that middle layer of water, downlake toward the dam, where the combination of cooler water and high dissolved oxygen is found. The squeeze means that they’re no longer scattered lakewide and are now easier to find, if you know where to look. Some river and reservoir fish will also “squeeze” upstream to coldwater refuges in tributaries, so aim for Morgan Falls and the Etowah, too.

Warmwater river anglers are approaching prime time, as river flows dwindle and bass and bream get squeezed into fewer prime habitats –slower, deeper water in the shade. Terrestrial food sources are abundant, so many of your favorite river targets will be spending more time along the banks, looking up at the tree limbs and wishing for a stiff breeze.

or toss a wacky worm rig under the tree limbs or into the shoal pockets, too.

Take some shots at carp, if you’re a patient trophy hunter.

Lake Lanier Fishing

The Bass bite on Lake Sidney Lanier continue to heat up. Most of the fish are out over the main lake channels. The schools are getting bigger as the warm water pushes south.

Lake Burton Fishing

Lake Burton Fishing Report

Water Temp 84deg

Clarity: clear

Level: full pool

Bass

The Bass bite has really picked up. The Spotted Bass are over a little deeper water than normal but have been following the Herring schools up and down the lake. Most of these fish are in schools of 20 to 30 fish. Top water plugs and Jerk baits have been working early in the mornings. Try throwing something in a Bream color or Yellow Perch pattern. The reason for throwing this is having something different than Herring seems to be working better. The drop shot bite has just started. We are targeting these fish on main lake points in 25 to 35 ft of water. Brown Robo worms with a 1/8 oz weight have been working best. Expect to catch a lot of Yellow Perch while drop shoting for bass. The lake is full of Yellow Perch this year! The Bass fish should hold on this pattern for the next several weeks.

Brown Trout

The Brown Trout bite is consistent. These fish have set up on their summer patterns. Early morning these fish are up feeding in the 18 to 25ft range. Trolling Herring colored crank baits have been working best. Vary the sizes on these baits. There are a few Rainbows mixed in with the Brown Trout. Try maintaining a speed of 2.8 to 3 mph. Most of the trout will stay deep during the middle of the day. If you choose to fish mid day and brave the boat/jet ski traffic try dropping Nite-Crawlers with a split shot over a 40 to 60 ft bottom. Be prepared to catch a monster trout doing this. Sometimes it takes a while for the trout to find the bait.

Walleye

The Walleye bite has been decent. The Walleye have been feeding primarily at night. The early morning bite has been producing some nice fish. We have been down lining Blue- Backs over a 30 to 40 ft bottom. This pattern should continue for the next several weeks.

Thanks
Capt. Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing

Lake Lanier Fishing

Bass

The Spotted Bass bite has been a little slow over the last few days. Most of the fish have finished up spawning and are trying to recover. Look for these fish along the sea walls or close by deep water docks. They are holding close to the spawning Blue- Back Herring and gorging themselves on them. A Yellow Perch colored jerk bait works well with these fish. Look for these fish to start feeding a little better over the next week or so. Drop shot will be working as we head towards July.

Lake Rabun Fishing Report

Lake Burton Fishing Report

Water temp. 84

Level. 8 in down

Clarity. Clear

Brown Trout

The Brown Trout bite has been unreal the last few days! We have boated some real healthy fish in the 5 to 8lbs range. These fish are aggressive and are really fat with the supply of bait ( Blue- Back Herring) that we currently have. We have caught fish on both live bait and artificial. Trolling small jerk baits like a Lucky Craft Pointer 78 and a 1/2oz Superfish tipped with a white fluke have been working well. The target depth seems to be 25 to 30ft. This will slowly change over the next few weeks with the water temps nearing the low 80 mark. Fishing for these trout early in the morning and late in the evenings will be best in about 2 weeks.

Bass

The Spotted Bass bite has been a little slow over the last few days. Most of the fish have finished up spawning and are trying to recover. Look for these fish along the sea walls or close by deep water docks. They are holding close to the spawning Blue- Back Herring and gorging themselves on them. A Yellow Perch colored jerk bait works well with these fish. Look for these fish to start feeding a little better over the next week or so. Drop shot will be working as we head towards July.

Lake Lanier Fishing

The Lake Lanier summer bite is on fire! The schools of Striped Bass are big and hungry. This is a deep water bite. We have been running out of bait on yhe last few fishing trips. The jig bite has also been good on certain days. We have been dropping a Capt. Mack Farr 1/2 oz bucktail jig tipped with a white Zoom Paddle Tail.http://www.captmacks.com/shop/captain-macks-chipmunk-jig/