Striper Fishing remains very strong and anglers are racking up some nice catches. The trolling bite has been excellent.The Captain Mack’s Chipmunk Jigs pulled on lead core line, or behind a downrigger are very productive right now. Tipping the jig with a live Herring as opposed to plastics, has been a big benefit in the past few days.
The kids are back in school and the stripers are also Back To Schooling!
Fishing on Lake Lanier remains wide open, so get out there and go! I know what your excuse is, “what about that silly thing called work?” I have a solution. Fishing has been very good late in the day, and with sunset occurring around 8:15 this week, there is plenty of good fishing time left after the work day is done.
Striper fishing is in high gear so take advantage of the good fishing and make time to go to the lake! Lanier Anglers are catching nice numbers and some big fish as well. As is always the case in late summer, finding fish is the key and you may have to do some searching, but once you locate fish they are bunched up nicely and you can run up some numbers quickly. Concentrate your search on the major creek channels or on the main river channel on the lower end of the lake. The techniques are the same as in recent weeks, Trolling Chipmunk Jigs on lead core line or trolling umbrellas are still very productive. Down lining line herring and power reeling spoons and jigs are also working well.
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.