Lake Lanier Fishing Report November 12 2016 | Weekly report from Captain Mack Farr
Lake levels continue to fall and as of today the lake level was 1061.73, 9.27 below full pool. The surface temps depending on your location are around 65 degrees.
The Striper fishing has been fair with the biggest detriment being the inconsistencies and the changing patterns. We have experienced quite a bit of surface activity this week, but the fish are locked onto to smaller baits and can be very finicky. You may find that your best method to catch these schoolers is to deploy a big bait spread with multiple types of baits. A combination of free lines, planers, and weighted free lines are also working. Have something small like an Ice fly, a fly under a casting bubble, small bucktails, Little Cleo, or something comparable to cast at the surfacing fish when you can get to them.
Often, after the surface activity slows, take a look around in the same general area and you will find fish in 30 to 60 feet of water that will respond to the downrods. Suspend your baits from 30 to 60, depending on the depth of the fish. Herring have been the bait of choice on the downline, but a Trout is always a viable option.
Don’t forget about the bomber bite. This is still going pretty strong and history dictates that this will be the case until the water temps dip down into the 50’s. You can actually catch fish all winter with the bomber, but you will probably find the numbers go way down, but the average size goes way up once the water drops below 55 degrees.
Bass fishing has also been inconsistent. The patterns are changing frequently and the fish are responding to falling surface temps by spreading out throughout the water column. We have quite a few fish that are roaming shallow water areas, especially in the early am. We still have plenty of fish hanging out around or in the main lake brush piles and humps. Add to that some fish in deeper water, 30 to 50 feet, and we really have ‘em pinned down, lol.
I think the overall best pattern is still fishing those main lake humps with brush in 18 to 25 feet. The best bait varies day to day, maybe even hourly. Worms on the drop shot or the shaky are still strong and top waters and swimbaits also are taking some nice fish. Start out with a top water or moving bait and end up with a worm or jig on the bottom until you find the most productive techniques.
If you are out early you may want to try casting crankbaits or jerk baits up on long flat points or around shallow brush, or rocky points and banks. Spro McStiks and the Little John DD baits are both good choices for this pattern. Don’t rule out docks as a viable structure. Docks traditionally are a strong pattern in November and December. Casting or skipping worms under the docks can be a good way to catch a limit and is a great alternate pattern if windy conditions make fishing main lake areas difficult. Switching to a jig may also keep you in the hunt for larger fish.
Crappie fishing has been pretty good, and probably more stable than Bass or Striper Fishing. Brush piles are the most productive structure, but we do have some fish moving onto docks or brush adjacent to docks.
If you are fishing up in the rivers, look for brush on or near the main lake, or in the mouths of the creeks. 15 to 25 feet has been a good depth range to search. There are some fish also being caught in the creeks on the lower end, typically the backs of Four Mile, Six Mile, Young Deer and Bald Ridge Creeks are productive areas. Live minnows under a slip float, or any of your favorite hair jigs or soft plastics should get the bite!