Lake Lanier Fishing Report November 15 2019

Lake Lanier Fishing Report November 15 2019

Lake Lanier Fishing Report November 15 2019

As we enter into mid November it looks like the bulk of the turnover process is over and we are seeing better water conditions. Fishing overall has been good, and often late November through December offers some excellent opportunities to catch all species. The lake level is 1067.31 and we are currently 3.69 below full pool. The surface temps dropped a bit after the cold front that rumbled though the state on Tuesday, and as of Thursday afternoon the water was 61 degrees.


The Striper bite is pretty good, with several applicable patterns and fish being taken all over the lake. Down lining Herring is a strong pattern, and perhaps our best overall bite. The Stripers are taking advantage of some good water conditions and are using the whole lake which makes your search area a little bigger. Keep moving and hunting, much like in the summer, until you locate fish. Once you find them drumming will pull the fish under the boat and help keep them there. The fish are showing up in a variety of places, over channels, flats adjacent to the creek channels, in drains and on or around humps and points, so be versatile in your search.

The bomber fishing has been good, I think water temps in the low 60’s is where this pattern reaches it peak as that is the temperature range where the greatest numbers of fish are on the saddles and flats. This technique actually works all throughout the winter, typically, the colder it gets the bigger the fish get, but the bites decrease in number. Nothing special on this pattern, start as soon as the sun set, keep moving until you find ‘em.

Trolling the Captain Mack Mini Mack Umbrella Rig has been a very good technique, both stealth trolling on the electric motor or pulling them with the outboard. The first option, stealth trolling, consists of pulling the Mini’s using the trolling motor. Last winter, this was an extremely prolific technique and it appears to be gearing up for more of the same this winter. Just drop the rig to the depth where you are seeing fish, then set your trolling motor to a speed of .5 to 1 mph. You can fish the Mini with or without a planer board, it is very effective when fished straight down, if the fish are less than 15 feet you will probably find that pulling them on the board is a plus. I caught fish using this technique as deep as 50 feet last year, I think the only depth limitation is the tops of the timber.

The question that keeps popping up is which rig is better, bladed or unbladed? Last winter we did not have the bladed model available so we do not have a good comparison, but in cold water I am not sure the rig without blades, particularly for the stealth trolling, is the better option.

Of course we still have to mention the schooling fish, they are showing very well, especially on the days prior to the frequent fronts that are rolling in. The good news is we have our airborne visitors on the lake as spotters, making this pattern much easier! I think the lower end is best to look for the schoolers, and afternoons may offer more chances. Sebiles are still a good choice for these fish, small buck tails and the Mini Mack’s have been extremely effective as well.


The Bass fishing is good, they are still scattered out all over the lake and also using several different patterns. Fishing the humps both on the main lake or in the creek arms has been a very good strategy, however the depths on this pattern varies quite a bit. Now that the effects of the turnover have lessened, the fish can find god water in a variety of depths, so humps from 10 to 35 may hold fish. use t he weather as a guideline, and on the days before the fronts and the associated clouds and rain will have fish pulling up on the shallower humps, post frontal they will tend to be on the deeper humps and more oriented to the brush.

Worms have probably been the most effective bait for these fish, but jigs are also a good choice. You can always start out with a moving bait, I am still getting some of the more aggressive fish to take the Mini Mack or a swim bait, then follow it up with a worm or jig. The dock bite is really ramping up, and this bite is effective all over the lake. Weedless Wonder Shakey Heads and worms are the baits of choice here, and skipping a Ned head to the docks has been a very good technique.

Moving baits may also be effective, especially on docks located towards the backs of the creeks, and there are quite a few fish roaming into the creeks. This pattern can be hard to pin down since there are fish on main lake docks as deep as 30, and fish on some docks as shallow as 5 to 8. As a general rule the shallower docks will be best when we have weather moving in, the deeper docks may offer a better bite on the post frontal, blue bird sky days that have been common lately.

With more fish moving into the backs of the creek, bank beating, or “junk fishing” is pretty productive. Targeting shallow structures or bait schools have produced some nice fish, and there are a variety of baits that will be effective for these shallow patterns. Jigs, around the previously mentioned docks, wood, or rock is a viable pattern and is accounting for some of the bigger fish.

If you have a little wind, a jerk bait or spinnerbait may also get the bite. To be successful on this pattern means is covering lots of water so put the trolling motor on high and keep moving! If you catch enough fish you can often refine this bite to certain baits, retrieves, structures, etc… to catch some nice numbers.

Good Fishing! Capt. Mack

Lake Lanier Fishing Report November 15 2019

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