Lake Lanier Fishing Report August 8 2019
Dog days are here, the humidity is high, as are the temps, but ﬁshing is good, so make time to head off to the lake. The long term forecast calls for high temps to stay into the 90’s through the middle or end of next week, with a slight chance of afternoon showers. The lake level has fallen .11 feet from last week to 1070.30, .30 feet below full pool. The surface temps are around 86 degrees and the August full Moon will occur on the 15th of the month.
August is historically a very good month for Striper Fishing, I know it is hot, but remember, the ﬁsh are very deep, 35 feet plus, where the water stays cool and light penetration is minimal, not a detriment to being caught. The patterns have been pretty stable for the last couple of weeks, and very typical for August, Herring on the down line, power reeling, and trolling are all producing good catches. On the down lines, hang the Herring where you see the greatest activity, don’t ignore the deep ﬁsh, the timber and the bottom are the only limiting factor. You will need to check the Herring frequently, this hot water is tough on them and keeping a fresh, lively bait on the hook is important.
Trolling has been very good. Lead core, down riggers and umbrellas are all producing well. Pick your favorite or use a combination of all three in to increase your odds. The Capt Mack’s 4 arm buck tail or shad body rigs will do well, ﬁsh them 120 to 150 feet behind the boat. Pulling jigs and spoons on the lead core line, 8 to 9 colors behind the boat is also a very constant producer. Chipmunk Jigs, Capt. Mack’s Super Spins, and the Hawg spoons in the Fat and Jr. Models are all good baits of choice. Tip the Chipmunks and Super Spins with a Capt. Mack’s 6 inch trailer, chartreuse has been very good, but the darker colors may get a few extra bites if you can luck up and get some cloud cover.
A Live Herring is always a good trailer, and the DOA 4” C.A.L. Shad Tail in the Glow/Chart Pattern has been effective. If you are pulling the down riggers, any of the aforementioned baits will also work well for this application. Obviously, you’ll want to place the bait where you see the greatest activity, but dropping the ball to 25 feet with the bait 50 feet back is a good starting point.
Now, about the question I did not get to last week? Let’s try and shed some light on the manual vs. electric down riggers? The electrics are very nice, and will deﬁnitely increase your efﬁciency. However, in an inland reservoir like Lanier or other area lakes, you will usually not need to drop the ball deeper than 60 feet, with 30 feet being more likely, so a manual model is very effective. Cannon makes a wide range of down riggers that will ﬁt any boat, or any budget, and I think they are a very worthwhile investment. The Easy Troll and Uni Troll units are excellent manual units, check out Magnum or Digi-Troll series if you are interested in an electric model .
Dog days can be a tough time for the Bass, some of the toughest of the year. Overall I think the bite is pretty good, but not as proliﬁc as it may be during other times of the year. This is partly due to the larger Spotted Bass moving out into open water and roaming around big bait schools or suspending in timber. These ﬁsh are really hard to target, and often they are singles or in very small groups. We know when this occurs each summer when the Striper ﬁshermen start catching them trolling or bait ﬁshing.
One technique that is somewhat painstaking, but can catch some really nice ﬁsh, is slow reeling a spoon through the timber. Yes, you will get snagged, but the spoons are heavy enough that if you position the bait on top of the tree the spoon will shake out almost every time. Hawg spoons, both the Fat and Junior Models are good choices, as are the Nichols Flutter Spoons. Just cast the spoon out and let it fall to the tree tops and start reeling slowly through the trees. You may not catch many, but the ones you do catch will probably not require a measuring board.
Other patterns to try are worms in the main lake brush, 25 to 35 feet, the drop shot and the shakey head are both working well. Flex-it spoons around the deeper brush or timber lines has been a good technique, the worms will work on this pattern as well. Some of the favorite Roboworm patterns have been the Martens Madness, Morning Dawn Hologram, Morning Dawn, Green Shiner and Red Crawl. Another pattern that has produced some nice ﬁsh with decent numbers is ﬁshing the deeper docks. Target docks in the 25 to 40 foot range, worms are the go to bait, but a jig is also a good choice. You can drop the worm on a drop shot, shakey head, or even the old School Texas Rig!
Good Fishing! Capt. Mack