Striper Fishing has been pretty good and the techniques are relatively unchanged. The open water bite is still accounting for most of the fish being taken in the lower parts of the lake. Concentrate on fishing over the major creek channels or the river channel for the best results. Live Herring on free lines/ planer boards have been the best technique; fish the herring 60 to 100 feet behind the boat for the best result.
Striper fishing has been fairly consistent and while the numbers may not be great the average size of the Stripers have been excellent. The night time bite continues to produce some nice fish and now the warming weather is making the after dark bite a nice option. The biggest change in this pattern is the location of the fish. There are still fish in the back of the creeks, but main lake areas are also producing. Try sandy beaches, saddles between islands, or flats and points. In either situation, expect the fish to be very shallow. This bite is best from dusk until 10 Pm, or again an hour or two prior to sunrise.
The fish and and the fishermen are going mad! What a winter we have had across the nation. Well, the weather is finally trying to heat up and the fish on Lanier are ready to escape the deep freeze as the rest of us!
Striper fishing is good and anglers are beginning to catch more fish during the daylight hours. One pattern that has emerged in recent days is pulling live baits over creek channels where they join the old river channel. Herring have been very productive for this pattern but add a couple of big baits into your spread as there are some big fish using these open water areas. Fish the live baits behind planer boards as free lines, or very lightly weighed free lines for the best results.
Fishing continues to improve as we make the transition, albeit slowly, from winter into spring.
Walleye Fishing? Yes, Walleyes reside in Lake Lanier. The Walleyes were stocked here briefly during the mid-60’s, and DNR resumed Walleye Stocking in 2004. We actually have a viable Population of Walleyes that is truly under utilized. Most of the Walleyes taken from Lanier are caught by Striper or Bass Anglers that accidentally catch one of these toothy critters. If you have an interest in catching Walleyes, this is arguably the best time of the year to target this species as they make their annually spawning run up the rivers.
This week’s report is a mixed bag. The Crappie Fishing remains very good, The Bass fishing is fair, and The Striper fishing is very good. The best catches are coming after sunset. So, if you are planning to get out on the lake, here are a few tips that will teach you how to fish Lake Lanier in late February.