Fishing Reports

Lake Rabun Fishing

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 Report

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 Lanier Walleye

For many Georgia anglers walleye might seem like some obscure gamefish that’s only found up North. Contrary to that notion, north Georgia is dotted with lakes that have fishable walleye populations. There aren’t many folks fishing for them, and those who are aren’t likely to talk about it. You see, these tasty fish are one of the best kept secrets the state has to offer.

DNR stocks about 700,000 walleye each year in reservoirs on the north end of the state. The current stocking program started in the 1990s to help reduce populations of invasive blueback herring, said WRD Senior Fisheries Biologist Anthony Rabern. Not only did the walleye take to the herring as a main source of food, it made them thrive.

According to a recent DNR study, “We have the fastest growing walleye in America,” Anthony said.

Walleye are stocked at about 1 1/2 inches long and reach approximately 12 inches in their first year of life in Georgia lakes. The state record walleye, caught by Neal Watson out of Lake Russell in 1995, weighed 11-lbs., 6-ozs. Interestingly, Russell is not one of the lakes that receives stockings. Anthony said that record could be broken any day.

“Without a doubt, every lake in our state with walleye in it has a state record fish in it,” he said. “There’s at least a 12-lb. walleye in every one of them. We’ve found them in our surveys.”

Because most anglers in the state know little about how to target the finicky walleye, they’re most often caught by accident by folks fishing for stripers or spotted bass. However, if the right techniques are applied in the right locations at the right times, anglers can count on not only consistent catches of walleye, but on catching some good-sized fish, too.

By far, walleye are the most vulnerable to anglers during their annual spawn, which typically peaks around the last week in March, according to Capt. Wes Carlton, of Gainesville. The prespawn and spawning period is generally spread out from the end of February through April, when it tapers off and the fish move on to deep-water summertime locations. Water temperature is the key to where the fish will be and what they’ll be doing.

“When the water gets to right around 52 degrees, it tells the fish to head upstream into the shallows of the lake’s rivers and creeks,” Wes said.

The male fish will regularly move in and out of the spawning grounds in a lakes’ tributary rivers, while females tend to only move into the spawning grounds for short periods of time at night until they’ve dropped all their eggs, Anthony said.

As a result, Anthony said most anglers will find themselves catching primarily male fish of good eating size between 2 and 4 pounds. While most fish caught will be males, the females often run as heavy as 8 to 10 pounds.

Since walleye are primarily nocturnal, dawn and dusk are great times to target them, as is night fishing.

“Some anglers report there is a ‘golden hour’ right before nightfall when walleye bite best,” Anthony said.

Wes backed that statement, “As the sun sets, they’ll move into 16 to 24 inches of water to feed before they run into the river to spawn. That’s a good time to catch them on shallow-running crankbaits in brilliant colors. I don’t care what color it is, as long as it’s bright.”

If you’re starting out early in the morning, it’s best to start cranking the shallows and move deeper as the sun rises. Crank that bait down, and bump it on the bottom. The commotion will often draw a strike.

Another bait widely used up North that hasn’t caught on here yet is a two-hook in-line spinner that serves as a harness for your nightcrawler. Rig a nightcrawler on the hooks. Clamp on enough split-shot a couple feet in front of the spinner to get it to the bottom, depending on the depth of the fish, and drag the rig across the bottom just fast enough to keep the blade spinning.

“As the sun comes up, those fish will pull down into 6 to 9 feet of water into rocks and brushpiles,” Wes said.

As the daylight comes on strong, dropping live bait like blueback herring and medium minnows right over fish is one of the best ways to entice a bite. Fishing nightcrawlers just off the bottom is another good technique. In order to fish live bait successfully, though, you must have a decent depthfinder to help you locate fish.

Trolling plugs both with or without downriggers can also work to locate fish during the day. Concentrate on points, brushpiles, rockpiles and rocky outcroppings, preferably in the shade.

“If there’s a brushpile, they’re going to be in it,” Wes said. “The most difficult thing is getting those fish out of the brush.”

Look for the fish to hang out in areas with 20 to 40 feet of water near the top end of the lake, where those depths may be found closest to spawning grounds.

“Walleye are light sensitive, so when you’re fishing a point or brush, they’re going to be on the north, or shaded, side of the structure,” Wes said.

When they’re deep and tight to brush and structure, a drop-shot rig — just like you’d use to hoist spotted bass out of brush — can be a good choice.

Fishing along light-inhibiting mudlines, which offer passing morsels of food and a good ambush site, can be another effective method, Anthony added.

Once you’ve found walleye, it’s important to stay on them. They tend to run in packs. While an increased current from generation on a lake usually improves the fishing, it also makes it tough to stay put in a boat. Wes suggests using a trolling motor or anchoring over located fish.

Another tactic Wes employs is to drop several blueback herring and then cast spoons and plugs around them.

“The bluebacks work like a teaser in that situation,” he said. “They’re just so shiny and lively that the fish sometimes come up just to check them out. They get bit from time to time, too.”

If fishing after dark, Wes recommends using Hydro-Glo sticks, which can be dropped directly in the water alongside the boat. The green light draws baitfish, which draw the walleye, and they can be caught with plugs or on live bait.

Along with the challenge of finding walleye, hooking them can be just as tricky.

“They don’t bite very hard,” Wes said. “They just kind of mouth the bait and take it down slowly.”

As a result, a gentle hookset is best.

Wes, who mainly guides on mountain lakes including Burton, Seed, Rabun, Yonah and Tugalo, as well as Lake Lanier, is optimistic about the future of Georgia’s walleye fishery.

“I look in the next three to five years for these lakes to really improve due to the numbers of fish the DNR is putting in,” Wes said. “There’s already good populations of walleye in these lakes, so it can only get better.”

Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of pursuing walleye is at the dinner table. They have a reputation as superior table fare. Many anglers list walleye as their favorite fish to eat. They’re easy to fillet, and they’re good just about any way you can think to cook them, too.

“They’re a great tasting fish,” Wes said. “It’s a very light, flaky meat. It is definitely not a fishy fish.”

Whether you are looking for a new angling challenge, a great meal or you are already a seasoned walleye angler, the lakes in north Georgia offer just what you’re looking for. Don’t let the locals tell you any differently.

Lake Lanier Fishing

The Striped Bass are heading south for the summer as tbe water temperatures have hit the 80 mark. Gainesville creek was a hot spot for a couple of weeks but has low oxygen content for the Striped Bass to survive. The small fish are able to survive with lower oxygen bit he big fish have to have a higher concentration to survive the warm summers here in this part of georgia. Most of the big schools of fish are south of Browns Bridge hwy 369. These fish have been aggresive and feeding for most of the day. We have been fishing over a 50ft bottom in the mornings and and 80 to 100ft bottom by lunch. Lake Lanier Island Resort area is a good place to catch fish this time of year. We have been catching a few fish on the Capt. Mack Farr Bucktail jig and a big Ben Parker Spoon. Retrieve this spoon at a high rate of speed peiodically pausing on the way in. Come join us for a Lake Lanier Guided fishing trip.

Lake Burton Fishing Report

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water temp 78deg
Clarity: clear
Level: full pool

Walleye
The Walleye have started moving deep. They are feeding on a 29 to 35 ft bottom near the river channels. They have been biting downline Blue-Back Herring the best over the last few days. We have been setting our baits just above the bottom. Last week we boated a couple of fish in the 5 to 9lbs range using this technique. Look for these fish to head towards deeper water over the next few weeks and the bite to turn into a night bite.
Trout
The Brown Trout have started showing up over the main lake channel in big numbers. These fish are moving fast and are hard to keep under the boat. Trolling spoons and small jerk baits has been the ticket for the last few days. As the water temps heat up towards the 80deg mark these fish will be in tighter schools and a little easier to catch. Be sure and alternate speeds when trolling baits this seems to work best for the bigger Brown’s.
Bass
The Spotted Bass bite has been awesome lately. We have caught these fish on top water over the main lake channel when chasing Blue-Back Herring around. We have also caught alot nice ones on a White Fluke and white jerk bait. If the wind is blowing I work a jerk bait over points. If there is no wind I like to watch for top water and head towards the fish. These fish will slowing work their way towards deeper brush over the next few weeks and the drop shot bite will be the ticket.
Good Luck
Wes Carlton
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Lake Burton Fishing/ Lake Lanier

Lake Burton Fishing Report

Water Temp : 69 deg

Level: Full

Clarity: clear

Trout:

The Brown Trout bite has really picked up over the last week or so. These fish are holding on a 20 to 30 ft bottom. We have been trolling small crank baits on the down riggers in Herring colors and casting big white Rooster tails to the surfacing fish when the wind is not blowing 30 mph. Most of the fish we have been catching are small but June seems to always be the month for the bigger females to congregate on the southern portions of the lake. These fish are following the Herring schools up and down the main lake channel. Most of the Herring are small that I am seeing so try using something in the 2 to 3in range when trolling or casting.

Bass:

The largemouth have complete their spawn and are starting to feed again. These fish have been biting small top water baits around docks and near bushy cover. The Spotted Bass are spawning and should finish up in the next few days. The will then work towards the main lake and creek channels for cooler water. These fish seem to love the drop shot this time of year. Don’t be surprised if you catch a wall hanger in the next few weeks!

Walleye

The Walleye have been biting slow lately with all the weird weather patterns Georgia has been presenting. The fish we have been catching are big. The trolling bite will pick over the next few weeks and be strong until the water temps hit the 80deg mark. Try trolling a small silver jerk bait these seem to always work well in June..

Good Luck!

Wes Carlton

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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
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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
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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.