Lake Lanier Fishing Report November 9 2018 | Sponsored by Hayes Automotive
We’ll have an abbreviated report this week. I had to be on the road for a couple of days. We’ll be back next week with a full report and ramp up the Crappie report as well.
The Stripers have been pretty agreeable. Still several patterns that are working. We still have ﬁsh spread all over the lake out depth wise, so prepare accordingly. If you are going to ﬁsh, and you should if you get the chance, here are a couple of techniques that should get you hooked up. We have a good deep water bite, 45 to 70 feet, over drains, points, and humps. Herring are effective here, but shiners, Small Gizzards and Trout are also good options. Basically, cruise the above areas over the 45 to 70 foot bottom and if you see ﬁsh, even if it is just a couple, drop the down lines.
If you see bait layered up on the bottom, drop the down lines here as well. 60 feet has been a good depth to hang the baits, as always, watch the sonar and let it determine the best depth. Another good pattern is chasing down the schooling ﬁsh! This technique is fun, but it can be frustrating as the ﬁsh can be hard to fool some days. Small baits are better, think small Sebiles, buck tails or spoons. Remember that the .50 Flex-It Spoons can be a good choice to cast at these schoolers!
The surface activity may occur anywhere, and some of the ﬁsh are pushing pretty far back into the drains and creeks, or they may show up over deep open water. This whole pattern is greatly inﬂuenced by the weather, and has not been really ﬁring up until the mid morning hours.
If you are Bass ﬁshing, the Spots have been very cooperative – with the Spinnerbait bite being the buzz. Spinnerbaits tossed to shallow structures, points, blow downs, rocks and secondary rock points has been very good. Anywhere you ﬁnd shallow Threadﬁn Shad can also be a good place to try this technique. Jerk baits will also be effective, and if the ﬁsh get really picky, a worm on a shakey will wake ‘em up. You can catch ﬁsh on this pattern all day, however, I think it is probably best early or late.
On the ﬂip side of that, we have plenty of ﬁsh showing up over 30 to 40 ft creek channels, drains, and timber edges. Jigs have been strong here. It looks like these deeper bass are on a good Crawﬁsh feed, but worms on the shakey or dropshot will also get the bite!
I am going to suspend the Crappie portion of the report until later this fall.