Lake Lanier Fishing Report June 23 2018

Lake Lanier Fishing Report June 23 2018

Summer officially arrived at Thursday at 6.07 am, the longest day of the year with over 14 hours of sunlight! It certainly felt like summer with air temps in the 90’s most of the week, and water temps heating up to 85 to 86 degrees.

The fish are responding accordingly as we have moved into summer patterns and techniques for all species. The lake level is 1072.22, 1.22 feet over full pool Striper fishing improving overall last week with the fish beginning to group up a little more and move towards deeper water and traditional summer techniques. We have a couple of good patterns going on, so here are some things to try as you get out on the lake. There are lots of fish pushing back into pockets and drains, as far back as a 30 foot bottom, especially in the early part of the day. This is a productive way to fish, but you will need to keep moving, many of the drains and galleys will not hold fish so keep looking until you find them, Also, you may only see a couple of fish(use the side Imaging to help determine how many fish are in a drain)but often that will turn into a group of fish once you drop the baits.

Keep a spoon or a jig handy for power reeling, the fish have responded well to this technique. Power reeling allows you to get something into the fish quickly, getting their attention before they have a chance to leave. Have someone start power reeling asap, and someone else sending down the downlines, use the two in conjunction to maximize the bite. We do have some fish moving out over the creek and river channels, but you’ll probably find that these fish are really scattered, but catch-able, especially trolling with lead core line.

No surprise on the trolling baits, A Chipmunk jig or a big spoon will both get the bite, 8 colors has been the number that that is of course subject to change on any given day. Keep the power reelers and the down lines handy in the open water as well, if you see any decent congregation of fish clear the trolling rigs and send down the Herring and the jigs! Either of these patterns may be the best in the afternoon and evenings.

Bass fishing is also good, traditional patterns here, the fish are loading up in 20 to 30 foot brush, its just a matter of knowing where your brush is and finding the bait/method that is best on any given day. Top waters are still a great choice here, and to maximize this bite it helps to know where the brush is so you can cast directly over it. If you cast the bait directly over the pile, the bite is usually quick, first cast in many cases, so you can catch the easy ones and move on to the next pile. If the fish do not respond to the top waters, try slow reeling a Spy bait, Steelshad, Fish Head or swim bait over the tree, this subsurface presentation will often coerce the fish to bite if they are not active enough to run down a surface bait. A drop shot either cast to the tree or dropped directly into the brush is also a very productive method right now, and in terms of consistency and numbers may be the best overall technique.

With the Corps of engineers using an aggressive generating schedule, we have some good fishing that coincides with the water draw. This has mostly been and afternoon/evening event, so you might want to plan some late day fishing. Often, when they are pulling water at the dam, the Bass will pull up on the humps, often over clean bottom and generally they are there to feed. Humps on the main lake in 15 to 25 are the target, maybe even as shallow as 8 to 12 foot humps after dark. The same night baits I have been mentioned the last couple of week, Norman DD2, the Spro Little John, or the big bladed night time spinnerbaits. Worms are always a good choice, and after dark the larger profile plastics may get a better response. Robos in the 7” patterns, and Zoom trick Worms work well here, darker colors are generally the best.

We still have a pretty good Crappie bite, perhaps a little slower than in recent weeks, but relative to the calendar fishing is good. Main lake brush in 15 to 30 is the staple, hair jigs or minnows on a slip cork are the go to baits. After hours fishing, primarily under bridges or around deep submerged dock lights can be very productive, and a nice way to beat the heat. Live Minnows on the down rod are the preferred bait, but small hair jigs will also work under the lights. If you pull some Threadfin Shad said up to your lights, and most nights you will, net some of the smaller ones and throw in the bait bucket, they are often very good baits for the crappie.

Good Fishing!

Capt. Mack

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