Lanier continues to fish well and a couple of breaks in the summer heat have kept water temps slightly cooler than normal, holding in the mid to low 80’s. As far as the Stripers are concerned, the patterns are typical Warm weather patterns and the only major change from the two or three previous reports are the really deep Stripers (60 to 80 feet) that are beginning to show up on the river channel. If you are pulling lead core line, fish the chipmunk jigs one or 1.5 oz., tipped with twister tails, Shad bodies, or live Herring. 7 to 9 colors behind the boat has been the best distance. If you are pulling umbrellas, the 4 arm 3 oz. bucktail rigs 120 to 150 feet behind the boat has been a consistent producer. While fishing the umbrellas in deep water, we are seeing a trend towards bigger, heavier rigs to increase the depth while reducing the amount of line out behind the boat.
Striper fishing is good and the fish are congregating into bigger groups as the water conditions force more fish into the lower part of the lake. This trend should continue as water temperatures rise and the stratification process progresses. Trolling and live bait have both been very productive techniques in recent days, and using the two techniques together have been very effective. Use trolling as a search tool, and then switch over to the Herring once you locate the fish. You can troll umbrellas, or lead core, both have been very effective in recent days.
Striper fishing has been good and many anglers are reporting good catches trolling both umbrella rigs and single jigs on leadcore line. Look for the Stripers over the creek channels and the pockets and coves that adjoin the old creek channels. Many of the Stripers are pushing back to as shallow as 30 feet into these pockets, so don’t limit your search to strictly deep water. I think the umbrella is the best option for fishing the backs of coves simply because you can pull a rig into these relatively tight areas much more efficiently than the lead core. To get the depth necessary with leadcore, you’ll need to deploy 8 or 9 colors of line, (250 feet plus behind the boat) as opposed 80 to 100 feet behind the boat with the rig.
Summer officially arrived on the 21st and that is easily confirmed when you walk outside on any given afternoon. It is a common misconception that Striper fishing is poor during the summer months because it is hot. That is not the case and we actually experience some of our best fishing in July and August! The Warmer surface temps force the Stripers into the cool, oxygen- rich waters of the thermocline, causing more fish to congregate in less water than at any other time of year. So, forget about the heat, it’s time to fish!
What has been the most difficult decision for Lanier anglers in recent weeks? What type of fish to for! Because all species have been biting, it is a tough call to pick and choose. So whichever you decide to pursue, here are a few things that will point you in the right direction.