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Current Bass and Striper Fishing Reports on Lake Lanier, Georgia
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by Ken Sturdivant
106 Hickory Ridge
Cumming, Georgia 30040

July 22, 2016


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. My apologies for the lack of a report last week, however, my house was hit by lightning, which fried all my electronics. Fun! In addition, I was ill. More fun. So, a report was just not possible last week. Thankfully, things are back to normal this week. The lake sets over 4 feet down currently and continues to drop as the Corp continues to pull water from the lake regularly. The afternoon rains have been coming a few times a week, which helps some, but the water is still going down at a pretty quick pace. The first hour or so of the day has been tough for the spots, so, we have been targeting Largemouth for the first 90 minutes or so. We have been focusing shallow in pockets for the most part for these fish and have enjoyed some good success. Topwater poppers and a swim jig have worked in these areas. As you would expect, the fish have been very shallow. After the early morning bite, we have been working humps and points with close access to deep water. Fish are typically around areas with brush, but not always. A drop shot presented to fish you see on your Lowrance has been effective, especially as the day progresses. Also, you can work the topwater baits and swimbaits over the brush and expect a response from any active fish within the first few casts. If you get no response on top, switch to a SuperSpin and swim the bait around and over the brush. Focus on both main lake and creek mouth points and humps, and remember sometimes the fish are relating specifically to the brush, so make sure to work the brush thoroughly as well. Brush in 20 28 feet has been most productive this week. There are several fish that are positioned out deeper in the 35 foot range as well, on the first break out from the brush piles you will be targeting. These fish will eat a drop shot at times also. I still have two dates open in July: 30(AM) and 31(AM). I also have the following dates open in early August: 1, 2, 10, 11, and 12. Give me a call and let's get out and have some fun! 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 much has changed this week. We get questions on summer lake stratification this week so we thought it warranted a little more explanation. The lake is stratified and the thermocline is at 25 to 27 feet. Summer lake stratification is the process of a lake separating into three layers: a top warm layer (currently at 86 degrees), a transition layer (approximately 2 foot in depth) and a deep cold water layer currently in the mid 50 degrees). The transition layer is referred to as the thermocline. Because the Striped Bass is temperature sensitive and cannot survive in 80 degree water getting your baits down below the thermocline is critical. You should ensure you are fishing your Blueback herring at 30 to 80 feet deep. A lot of you have line counter reels which are a great tools. However, they will be off depending on how full you spool your line. To calibrate your line counter zero your reel at surface level and drop it down to 30 feet. Use you electronics to verify the actual depth. Repeat this calibration at 50 and 80 feet. You now have a good feel for your line counter accuracy. This may sound trivial but the difference of 4 or 5 feet can be the difference between getting bit and not getting bit. There are still some fish in pockets on the main lake and creek mouths but more fish have been showing up over the river and creek channels. The mouths of the creeks from Chestatee Bay to Shoal Creek are all holding fish with Six Mile and Two Mile Creeks attracting the most fishermen. The water temperature is in mid 80ís. The water is stained in the backs of the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 4.5 feet below full pool. To book your guide trip call us at 404 561 2564 or contact us on our web site. www.bigfishonguide.com

Georgia Outdoor News will host the BLAST! at the Infinite Energy Center, formerly known as the Gwinnett Center, just off I 85 north of Atlanta. The address is 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. The Outdoor Blast will begin this year at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and runs through the weekend until 5 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

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

Copyright 2016, Southern Fishing Schools Inc. calls us to set up a school on Maps and Depth Finders or SONAR and Rods, Reels and Lures for Bass. Call for details southernfishing.com 770 889 2654.


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