In late October and Early November, big Stripers can be hard to come by. The difference between this year and past years are the numerous small fish that were stocked in 2012. Because of poor recruitment in the stocking classes of 2009, 2010 and 2011, In 2012 DNR Stocked almost doubled the amount of our normal numbers. Increased number of fish coupled with very high survival rates, have created an exceptional group of fish that will carry us for the next several seasons.
Lake Lanier Fishing Report | October 10, 2014 | Lake Lanier Fall Fishing
Lake Lanier Fall Fishing is characterized by vast changes and being versatile is the key! In addition to the deep water patterns that are still producing, we are seeing the Stripers move into the creeks and up on the submerged islands and points. Pulling the umbrellas over the submerged islands has been a strong technique. The Captain Mack’s 4 arm 3 oz. buck tail rig, pulled 140 to 160 feet behind the boat has been a good combo.
Lake Lanier Fishing Report | October 4, 2014 | Lake Lanier October Fishing
The Lake Lanier October Fishing blues are upon us. Early October finds Lanier in full turnover mode and while some of our fish seem to be enjoying the change, others are dreading the transition. The cooling water temps have energized the Crappie and the Bass. The stripers appear to be reluctant to cooperate to the changes.
I have been receiving numerous questions about the Ben Parker Custom Spoons recently. Most people are astounded by its size, but don’t let that fool you. To put it in perspective, how many Striper anglers go out of their way to get big Gizzard Shad or Rainbow Trout, as big as 18 inches, to use as bait? The Ben Parker Spoon is 8 inches, just like a large herring or a relatively average size shad. In relative terms it is not that big.
I received the first spoons in early July, so to this point, I have only used it for deep water applications, primarily power reeling. Below, I will explain how I have been successful with it on Lake Lanier and surrounding waters in the southeast.
Lake Lanier Fishing Report | September 27, 2014 | Fishing Lake Lanier Fall Turnover
Fishing has been good, but we are continuing to see the changes in the patterns and techniques that typically accompany the early arrival of the dreaded fall turnover.
For the most part, Lanier continues to fish well, particularly for this time of year. The Trolling bite has been good. Chipmunk Jigs on the lead core are still a big producer and the umbrella bite is on as well. With the lead core, fish 8 to 9 colors behind the boat, tip the Chipmunk Jig with a 4’ Shad body or live Herring.