Lake Lanier Fishing Report August 15 2019
You can deﬁnitely tell school is back in session by the decreased amount of boat trafﬁc and ﬁshermen. I know a lot of the ﬁshermen are thinking hard about preparing for hunting season, but don’t give up on the ﬁsh quite yet, Striper ﬁshing has been good, and Bass ﬁshing has been ok, probably normal for this time of year. The surface temps are 87 degrees, and the lake level was 1070.51 .49 below full pool as of Thursday afternoon.
The Striper bite has been pretty good, the techniques are very standard for the this time of year, the only anomaly I see is some of the ﬁsh are staying somewhat shallow, shallow being a relative term, compared to normal for the month of August. There are several patterns that are producing well, live Herring on the down lines/pitch rods, Trolling umbrellas, lead core and down riggers, with some power reeling mixed in. Down line ﬁshing has been solid, but the depths will vary widely from one area to another. The baits live really well around 25 feet, and really well at 70 feet, not that well in-between. You will also notice a lot of Striper activity around the 25 foot range, there seems to be good O2 levels at that depth.
(I will try and post the DNR O2 proﬁle in the next day or so) After you have set up on a group of ﬁsh, be sure to keep a couple light tackle pitch baits in the spread. You may think of a pitch bait or free line as a cool water technique, but the Herring will swim down into the best water, taking himself right to the ﬁsh. The light line also makes for a really natural presentation that may be more productive than the down lines. The trolling bite has been outstanding in recent weeks! Lead core, down riggers, and umbrellas are all effective. I think Jigs have been the best producers, but spoons are also viable choices. The Capt. Mack’s Super Spin or Chipmunk Jig in the 1 or 34 oz. size has been a staple.
Try 8 colors out on the lead core, 50 feet behind a 25 to 30 foot down rigger ball, as a starting point. Tip either of these baits with a Plastic trailer or a live Herring. This question has surfaced several times in recent weeks, so I’ll try and clarify. How long should the leader be on the lead core set up? I generally start my leader out at 25 feet, not as much to be stealthy as it is for convenience. The longer leader allows for more retying before I have to replace the leader.
I generally ﬁsh it until it is down to 8 to 10 feet long then replace. One advantage to a long leader, if you are trolling a 35 foot leader and your lure gets stuck in a tree top, you can use a retriever to free it up and with that longer leader the retriever stays on the mono, and not the lead core preventing abrasion of the line. That is a valid point, and becomes more so when the lake is low and you are trolling in the tree tops.
Bass ﬁshing I would say is good, with typical patterns and methods for August. One footnote to add to the report: there are a few Spawning Bream around, this last full moon probably energized that activity. There are also a few Bass hanging around those Bream beds that may respond to a small topwater like a Pop R or Chug Bug, and a Senko on the wacky rig is also a good choice. Otherwise, the bite revolves around off shore structures, brush, timber edges, and humps. 25 foot brush is loaded up, however, they can be ﬁnicky. If the ﬁsh seem reluctant to take a vertical presentation, try casting a drop shot. By backing off the brush and using light line, you can convince a few more ﬁsh that they need to make lunch out of what is tied on your line.
The Flex-It spoons are still working well, around brush or other deeper structures. They make a great change up or follow up to ﬁsh in the brush, and if you see deep ﬁsh on the timber edges the spoon is a very strong bait. You will probably get a couple of bonus Stripers on the spoon as well. Jigs and worms are also good choices on the timber pattern.
Fishing main lake humps are a good pattern, and some of the bigger ﬁsh that are not ﬂoating around in the middle of the lake will go to these areas to feed. Humps in the 25 to 45 foot range are worth a look. This pattern is often good in the afternoons and evenings, and is often enhanced when the Corps releases water from the dam. The water release is generally an afternoon evening event (call 770.945.1466 for release schedules).
Worms are hard to beat for this application, but jigs will also be a good choice. On the humps, always remember to check the map carefully for anomalies on the high spots, especially the larger ones. These high spots will almost always have a point or ﬂat side, maybe a secondary hump with a connecting saddle. These smaller features will often hold the ﬁsh, reducing your search time. If you are using a Lake master chart, you can highlight speciﬁc depth ranges making location of these areas quick and easy.
Good Fishing! Capt. Mack