Fishing Reports

Lake Lanier Walleye Fishing

Walleye:
The Walleye bite has picked up. I look for these fish to start feeding better over the next few weeks as the water temperatures dive into the low 50 deg mark. The Walleye love the cold weather and seem to always bite better during the winter months. Try targeting these fish in the 9 to 18 ft depths in and around rocks and brush. Rapala Sr5 and Sr7 seem to be the best lure we have found for casting to these fish. Use a light 6 to 8 lbs flurocoated line. Working a Hopkins spoon over any long lake point works well. The spoon works good for Walleye and Spotted Bass.

Thanks & always
Good Luck Fishing
Capt. Wes Carlton
Georgialakefishing.com

Lake Lanier Fishing

Lake Lanier December CD Fishing Report
Water Temp 52deg
Clarity: clear
Water Level 5 ft doen

Bass:
Start out the morning alternating a Super Fish (super spin) tipped with a white fluke and a jerk bait on the main lake points. As the day warms move to the clay banks and throw a white crank bait that dives to the 8-12ft range. If the wind picks up throw a Double Willow Leaf spinner bait on the points. Look for the bass to move deeper as the water cools towards the mid 40′s. It’s almost spooning time!
Good luck
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
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Lake Burton Fishing Report

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water Temp 49deg
Clarity: clear
Water Level: 11ft below pool

Brown Trout:
The trout are still fairly shallow in the backs of the creeks. We have been catching these fish casting small Rapala countdowns and Duo Realis 80 in the Morning Dawn color. These fish are aggressive and want the bait moving fast. Try rolling these baits as fast as possible without them breaching the water. The bigger Browns have moved over the main lake channel and are feeding on the Blue back Herring. We have been trolling Crocodile spoons for these fish at 16 ft depths. The best bite seems to be mid-day for most of these fish. Look for the younger trout to move down the lake over deeper water over the next couple of weeks as the water cools. Try using a bigger spoon ( Georgia Blade) 3in trolling them at the 20ft depth range. The next few weeks is the time of year to catch a real trophy!

Bass:
Start out the morning alternating a Super Fish (super spin) tipped with a white fluke and a jerk bait on the main lake points. As the day warms move to the clay banks and throw a white crank bait that dives to the 8-12ft range. If the wind picks up throw a Double Willow Leaf spinner bait on the points. Look for the bass to move deeper as the water cools towards the lower 40′s. It’s almost spooning time!
Good luck
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
7703189777

Lake Lanier Fishing

December is upon us and the shallow water bite is still hot! The Striped Bass are biting good throughout the day. Most of these fish are tipping the scales at 12 to 15 lbs with a few 20′s and an occasional 30 lber. This is a good time of year to catch Striped Bass on Bucktail Jigs. The Capt Mack Farr 3/8oz white seems to work best. Cast these jigs in toward the banks in the morning’s working then out over a 20 ft bottom. Hold on because when a big fish hits it the drags gonna scream!! These fish should hold this same pattern for the next fee weeks. Good luck;

Lake Burton Fishing

Lake Burton fishing report

Water Clarity: Clear
Level: 7ft below full pool and dropping
Water Temp: 52deg

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
Www.Georgialakefishing.com
7703189777

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
Www.Georgialakefishing.com
7703189777

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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7703189777

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