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Lake Burton Lake Rabun Fishing Report

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water Temp: 54deg
Clarity: slight stain
Level: full pool

Brown Trout
The trout are spread throughout the lake from the backs of the creeks to the main Lake channels. Trying to target these fish can be difficult. We have been looking for schooling fish rising on the surface and casting spinners and small crank baits to them. This is probably the most effective way to catch a good number of Brown Trout this time of year. The trout will continue this pattern for the next several weeks.
Bass
The Spotted Bass bite is on fire right now. They are feeding throughout most of the day. Try working long points and ditches. We have been using jerk baits and swim baits in the ditches on on quick dropping ledges. I typically work these areas until I find a fish or two. Try spending some time once you have located a couple of fish. There will be several fish in the same areas. Don’t be surprised if you catch a monster Spot or Large Mouth. The Spot will continue to be nomadic for the next few weeks in search of food before the spawn.
Walleye
The spawn should be winding down and most of the Walleye population will be in the creek and river channels of the Northern Georgia Lakes. These fish will remain here for several weeks and feed on the vast Blue-Backs that are close by. Try working small fire tiger rapalas or yozuri crank baits in a #5. Work these baits slow. The Walleye are slow taking the baits sometimes. Tipping a bright colored jig with a minnow and working the bottom is is another effective technique. The Walleye will start slowing migrating towards deeper water over the next few weeks although a few will remain in the channels until the water temps near the 70’s.

Good Luck
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
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Georgia Record Walleye

Georgia Record Walleye

Georgia Record Walleye

Giant Georgia Walleye

Georgia Record Walleye

Georgia Record Walleye

Georgia Walleye Record

Monster Walleye Breaks Georgia State Record by 3 Pounds
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See pictures of Gainesville angler Wes Carlton, 42, who caught the new state-record walleye weighing more than 14 pounds.

Georgia probably isn’t the first place you think of when people talk about big walleyes, but Wes Carlton, of Gainesville, Ga., just put his name in the record books by shattering the former walleye state record by more than 3 pounds. Carlton caught his walleye on Lake Rabun on Feb. 19, 2016. The walleye weighed 14 pounds, 2 ounces and was 31 1/2 inches long. It beat the record by 3 pounds that has stood since 1995.
“Based on sampling efforts by fisheries staff, we have just been waiting on the day that a new state record walleye was pulled from Lake Rabun,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. ”Hearing about a new state record is a great start to 2016 and I hope it encourages all new and experienced anglers to get outdoors and go fish Georgia!”

Here are a couple of photos of Carlton’s amazing Georgia walleye:

Georgia Walleye Record

http://www.scout.com/outdoors/wired2fish/story/1645108-monster-walleye-breaks-georgia-record

Georgia State Record Walleye Caught

NEW State Record Walleye Caught On Lake Rabun
CLAYTON, Ga. (2/22/2016)
Angler Wes Carlton knows his walleye, and is awfully glad that he took time to go fish last week! Carlton, age 42, of Gainesville hooked the new state record walleye at Lake Rabun on Feb. 19.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, this 14 lb, 2 oz, 31 ½” inch catch beat the existing state record, established in 1995, by almost 3 pounds! A new state record has to be at least one ounce greater.

“Based on sampling efforts by fisheries staff, we have just been waiting on the day that a new state record walleye was pulled from Lake Rabun,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. ”Hearing about a new state record is a great start to 2016 and I hope it encourages all new and experienced anglers to get outdoors and go fish Georgia!”

Walleye are considered part of the perch fish family. They typically have a golden-brown colored body with a white belly. The name derives from their large, glassy marble-like eyes, and they have a spiny dorsal fin and long, sharp teeth. Up to 1-2 lb walleye are typical, but found up to 15 lb. They live in large, cold water rivers and lakes and are frequently found near boulders, points and humps. Recommended bait or lures include minnows, nightcrawlers, jigs, crankbait and spinner combos.

Lake Burton / Lake Lanier Fishing Report

Lake Burton Fishing Report

Lake level: full pool
Water Temp: 48deg
Water Clarity: stained

Brown Trout:
Most of the Brown Trout have migrated over deep water the last week or so. They are cruising up and down the main lake channels and Creek channels chasing the Blue-Back Herring around. We have been catching these fish with spoons. Casting to surfacing Trout can be really productive! Try using a 3/4 oz spoon in silver/blue. Work the spoon in a jerking roll action back towards the boat. We have also had good luck with a Pearl White 1/2oz Super Spin head tipped with a fluke jr. This under Spin works well with so many different fish on the northern lakes. We have caught Trout, Bass, Walleye, Chain Pickerel, and Yellow Perch on this lure.
Walleye
The Walleye have been feeding great the last week or so. The weather has not been he greatest for fishing for the Eye’s. This is typical this time of year. February and March are very Windy months on most north Georgia lakes. Try finding a cove or bend in the river that is a little protected from the wind. Walleye are very specific to brush and rocks for cover. They will feed away from this structure but quickly return after feeding. We have been catching fish on a 20 to 30 ft bottom. Try dropping a 1/4 oz bright jig head tipped with a medium crappie minnow and working it up and down about a foot or two off the bottom. Location Location Location is the key to catching Walleye. They are not ghosts; I seem to hear this a lot from anglers. Walleye are not aggressive feeders like Bass and other Georgia specie’s of fish. They are slow taking the bait most of the time. Knowing how to find the fish on your electronics is the key to success! The Walleye should slowly start heading up the rivers and creeks over the next few weeks to spawn. Try locating fish on their way to or from spawn. Spawning Walleye are not big on eating. Once they have finished spawning they are very hungry. This is a great time to catch a trophy!
Bass
The Spotted Bass are deep and feeding great in the afternoon’s. We have been catch Spots on Drop Shot rigs. We have also caught fish on the Super Spin tipped with a small Herring colored swim bait. These fish are a little lethargic so work the bait slower than normal. We have been working main lake points in 30 to 45ft of water. These fish will slowly start pulling up a little shallower as we head into March and the water temps rise in the afternoon’s. Look for red clay banks the water warms faster in these areas. Try working a 4in jerk bait in these areas.

Good luck!
Wes Carlton
7703189777
Georgia Lake Fishing
www.georgialakefishing.com

Lake Burton Fishing Report

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water Temp. 58deg
Level 4ft low and dropping to winter drawdown
Clarity: clear

Bass.
The bass have finally settled into a normal fall pattern with most of the fish up shallow and feeding great. We have caught some really good spots and large mouth on top water the last few trips. Try using a small top water bait ( Sammy) Strike King etc. Herring colors always work best. Crank baits will start working over the next few weeks. I like using a 5 to 7 ft diving crank bait in a yellow perch or Bream color.
Brown Trout
The adult Brown Trout are finishing up their spawn. They are congregated up in the creeks. They will soon start their pilgrimage back down the lake to the main lake channels over the next few weeks. The lake has been stocked with a lot of small Trout. These fish are aggressive and easy to catch. Any type of spinner, small crank bait or small jerk bait works well! These fish are scattered all over the lake from one end to the other.

Walleye
The Walleye have moved up on the main lake points and humps. These fish are feeding shallow the first few hours of daylight and feeding several hours throughout the night if you are able to stay out late enough to catch them. We have been casting chrome jerk baits over these fish with a slow steady roll of the Reel. They are not very aggressive and sometimes take several cast to a specific area to catch one. The Walleye we have been catching lately have been healthy (3 to 5lbs). These fish should continue to feed on this same pattern over the next few weeks. Look for rocky bottom or heavy timber near these shallow water points and humps. They like heavy cover when they are not up feeding.

Good luck!
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
7703189777
www.georgialakefishing.com

Lake Lanier Fishing Report

The shallow water Shad bite is on! These fish have finally show up in the creeks on the Gainesville end of the lake. Come join us for a guided Lake Lanier fishing trip.

Lake Burton Fishing Report December

Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water Temp. 60deg
Level 1ft low and dropping to winter drawdown
Clarity: slight stain

Bass.
The bass have finally settled into a normal fall pattern with most of the fish up shallow and feeding great. We have caught some really good spots and large mouth on top water the last few trips. Try using a small top water bait ( Sammy) Strike King etc. Herring colors always work best. Crank baits will start working over the next few weeks. I like using a 5 to 7 ft diving crank bait in a yellow perch or Bream color.
Brown Trout
The adult Brown Trout are finishing up their spawn. They are congregated up in the creeks. They will soon start their pilgrimage back down the lake to the main lake channels over the next few weeks. The lake has been stocked with a lot of small Trout. These fish are aggressive and easy to catch. Any type of spinner, small crank bait or small jerk bait works well! These fish are scattered all over the lake from one end to the other.

Walleye
The Walleye have moved up on the main lake points and humps. These fish are feeding shallow the first few hours of daylight and feeding several hours throughout the night if you are able to stay out late enough to catch them. We have been casting chrome jerk baits over these fish with a slow steady roll of the Reel. They are not very aggressive and sometimes take several cast to a specific area to catch one. The Walleye we have been catching lately have been healthy (3 to 5lbs). These fish should continue to feed on this same pattern over the next few weeks. Look for rocky bottom or heavy timber near these shallow water points and humps. They like heavy cover when they are not up feeding.

Good luck!
Wes Carlton
Georgia Lake Fishing
7703189777
www.georgialakefishing.com