Fishing Reports

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/

Lake Burton Fishing Report

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water temp. 80
Level. Full pool
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 is a little tough right now. 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.
Thanks
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
7703189777
www.Georgialakefishing.com
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Lake Lanier Fishing Guide

Lake Lanier Fishing Report
Water Temp: 78 deg
Clarity: clear
Level: over full pool

Summer is almost here with the recent weather trends the water is warming up fast. This is making the Striped Bass congregate is tighter schools. We have seen some good topwater action the last few days. Be sure to keep a shallow water plug tied on for casting to these fish that are up shallow. This bite should continue for the next couple of weeks.

Lake Burton Fishing Report

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water Temp: 72
Clarity: clear
Level: full pool

Brown Trout:
The Brown Trout have congregated out over the main lake channel. These fish are in big schools in 25 to 30 ft of water close to main lake points. We have been having good success trolling small Herring color crank baits 2 mph 80 to 100ft behind the boat. Some of these fish have put on some weight since last year. We have had several fish in the 5 to 6 lbs range. Look for these fish to move a little deeper over the next few weeks as the water temperatures rise. The trolling bite will get better as the thermocline dives a few feet.
Bass
The Large Mouth bass have almost completed their spawn and should return to a normal late spring pattern in a few weeks. The Spotted Bass are getting ready to spawn. Look for these fish in 10 to 12 ft of water. Casting a June bug fineness worm up towards the bank has been the ticket the last fee days. These fish should go on the bed any day now. After the spawn most of the spots will head towards the seawalls to feed on the spawning Herring. Try casting jerk baits in a Herring color. Work these areas slowly.

Good luck!
Georgia Lake Fishing
Wes Carlton
Www.Georgialakefishing.com
7703189777

Georgia Fishing Guide Catches New Lake Record

The new Lake Burton Record Hybrid Bass. Caught by Fishing Guide Ritchie Sokolowski. This fish weighed 12.12lbs and beat the current record caught by Fishing Guide Tyler Clore also of Georgia Lake Fishing by 10oz. Congrats Ritchie!