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THE SOUTHERN FISHING REPORT
by Ken Sturdivant
106 Hickory Ridge
Cumming, Georgia 30040

May 20, 2016

LAKE LANIER IS DOWN 1.15 FEET, THE CREEKS ARE STAINED AND THE MAIN LAKE IS CLEAR & 70íS

This report brought to you by Jimbo On Lanier 770-542-7764 www.jimboonlanier.com

Bass fishing on Lake Lanier has been fair this past week. There is no question that the fish are in their post spawn "funk". The stripers have certainly been willing to cooperate several of the past mornings however. The morning bite for spots and stripers has been good on some days with a variety of baits to include: jerkbait, swimbait, topwater, spinnerbait, and a fluke. The focus with these baits should be fairly shallow on flats and shallower rocky points and humps as well. The fish continue to move deeper each day as they make their way out to the summer brush locations. When the fun stuff bite slows down, switch to a worm on a 3/16 ounce Davis Shaky Head and work it slow. The Chattahoochee jig bite came on strong this week as well. Experiment with the different baits to figure out which the fish prefer that day. Focus on main lake rocky points and on secondary points as well. As we have seen this week and as I noted above, the post spawners are often lethargic and will be for a couple of weeks. Slow down when the bite is tough and go to the worm or jig as discussed above. A fluke is often a good choice on these less aggressive fish also. Look for the traditional post spawn topwater bite over the brush to start in the next week to 10 days. This will be a fantastic bite and not one to be missed. I only have a few days left in June, so be sure not to miss out on this bite! Here is what I have open in June: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30. Give me a call and let's go fishing! Thanks to all and May God Bless.

This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of www.bigfishonguide.com

Striper fishing is good. Not a lot has changed this week. There is a good top water bite early on points and reef markers in the mouth of the creeks. The Red Fin, Spook and Chug Bug are all working with a slight edge to the Red Fin. You can run and gun points by pulling up and casting 3 or 4 times on a point and then move to the next point or you can use your trolling motor to thoroughly cover an area with top water and a couple of free line Herring. After the sun gets up we are switching to down rods and moving into deeper water off the points. Check your Herring often as the Spotted Bass with kill them without you noticing. We have also had some luck pulling the Umbrella rig. Set your Umbrella rigs at 70 feet behind the boat and troll over a 25 to 35 foot bottom. The South end of the lake outperformed the North end this week. The lake temperature is in the mid 70ís and the lake is one foot below full pool. The water is clear on the main lake and stained in the backs of the creeks. To book your guide trip call us at 404 561 2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com

This Lake Lanier Crappie report is from Dan Saknini, member of the Lanier Crappie Anglerís Club. See our clubís website, www.laniercrappieanglers.net

Water temperature is about 72 degrees. As expected, May fishing remains good to excellent. Concentrate on deeper submerged brush piles, using your Lowrance down scan to locate your brush. Throw your marker down and give the fish a few minutes to regroup from your arrival. Fish the brush pile from a distance that you can cast past the brush pile to the other side of it, and retrieve it slowly toward the boat. If youíre interested in catching fish in larger numbers, zero in on submerged brush piles in 20 to 25 foot depths. However, docks with brush piles are also producing, but not in the larger numbers. Both hair jigs and soft body jigs are working well. The lake traffic is definitely increasing, so be mindful that other fishermen may also be fishing the same spots. If you donít get bites immediately, move on. Chances are very good that you will find alternate brush piles that will put fish in the boat. If you see a fisherman fishing one of your favorite docks, my advice is to skip it, and go to a different spot. Once you get the fish to bite, the entire school will shallow up as they chase the bait. The night bite remains fair at best, as night temperatures remain cooler. As the evenings warm up, so will the night bite? As always, our recommended line if 4 lb. test, high visibility line; not because the fish like it, but because it is easier for you to see the line movement and set the hook. The 1/24 ounce jig heads is recommended or 1/16 ounce if you feel like the fish are deeper in the water column, or if the wind is working against you. If you like a challenge, use a double jigged rig. Keep them about 16 to 18 inches apart. In my opinion, hair jigs work best in that application. Stay safe on the water and wear your life jacket; it can save your life!


Lowrance Pro Staff, KEN STURDIVANT will teach a FREE! SONAR Class on Saturday afternoon, May 28, 2016 at 1pm at the Cabela’s store in Greenville, South Carolina. See www.cabelas.com for details.

We have the LOWRANCE Gen 3 Touch and 3D NEW Lowrance Technology on our boat. Bring any HDS machine only to Lake Lanier and learn it ALL in one day. Call Ken for details.

For a free set up sheet for your sonar, send me an e mail to ken@southernfishing.com

Anglers have these books for sale BASS FISHING ON WEST POINT LAKE, BASS FISHING LAKE RUSSELL, BASS FISHING WEST POINT LAKE, and BASS FISHING LAKE HARTWELL. These books have lots of bass fishing and covers every week of the year. Each book $39.00. If you would like a sample of any book, send us an e mail to ken@southernfishing.com.

We offer these waypoints for sale. You get the coordinates and you load them into your GPS unit

Lake Allatoona for $99.00, Lake Lanier for $99.00, Lake Oconee for $99.00, Lake Weiss for $99.00, Lake Hartwell for $99.00 WAYPOINTS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE

Our mailing address is Southern Fishing Schools Inc. 106 Hickory Ridge, Cumming Georgia 30040.
Phone: 770 889 2654

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