Lake Lanier Fishing Report | February 28 2014
This week’s report is a mixed bag. The Crappie Fishing remains very good, The Bass fishing is fair, and The Striper fishing is very good. The best catches are coming after sunset. So, if you are planning to get out on the lake, here are a few tips that will teach you how to fish Lake Lanier in late February.
If you want to catch the Crappie, the upper reaches of either river are the most productive areas. There are two distinct patterns that are producing good catches. Shooting docks, and fishing visible structure in the backs of the creeks. If you have a side imaging sonar unit, finding the crappie under the docks is an easy process. Simply scan docks until you see fish! If you are not using side imaging sonar, it is a trial and error sequence. Normally, if the fish are under a dock they will respond to you offering quickly. If you shoot a jig under the dock a few times without a bite, move to the next one. Many docks will not have fish, but the ones that do will be loaded. Keep moving until you find the right one and you will fill the cooler in short order!
There are also good numbers of Crappie that are taking up residence in the abundant shallow cover in the backs of the creeks. Live minnows, soft plastics and jigs fished 12 to 24 inches below a Float should do the trick. Like the dock process, keep moving until you find the fish.
The Bass are very scattered and they are moving constantly. On the lower end of the lake, 15 to 30 foot docks are still a reliable pattern, worms on the Texas rig or a lead head have been the baits of choice. On windblown days casting jerkbaits at main lake points has also been productive. In the upper parts of the rivers, fishing the ditches and drains in the creeks has been a good pattern. Plastic worms are a good choice here as well, but jerkbaits and crankbaits are also good choices. Look for this pattern to improve with warming water temps.
If you want to try your luck with the Stripers, consider a little night fishing. Anglers casting small bucktails (3/16 to ¼ oz.), Long A Bombers, and Flukes are reporting some excellent catches. Fish the backs of the major creeks on the lower end for the best results. Expect the fish to on the banks, often in 2 or 3 feet of water. This pattern will also work in the hours prior to sunrise. During the day, the umbrella is probably the best bet. Clip points in the creeks or fish the main lake submerged island for the best results.
There are some nice Stripers pushing back into the creeks here on Lake Lanier, so while you are pulling your bait spread, cast a small bucktail jig to the bank. Chances are you’ll pick up a few nice bonus bites!