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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

April 28, 2016


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

Bass fishing on Lake Lanier this past week has been good. A wake bait or a bomber has been our first choice in the mornings. The focus with these baits should be fairly shallow on flats and shallower rocky points and humps as well. A steady slow retrieve has been best for these baits. When the wake bait/bomber bite slows down, switch to a worm on a 1/8 ounce Davis Shaky Head in these same areas, if the wind will allow. Focus on points at the mouths of spawning pockets and on secondary points as well. The spots and the largemouth are on beds all over the lake this week. The warm weather and last week's full moon phase kicked them in gear. The spots will often be just out of site on points, shallow humps and pockets. A fluke is a great search bait for these fish. A drop shot rig with a 4" worm is a great follow up bait if the fish does not eat the fluke. Work the rig like a shaky head and watch for light bites. Spots on the bed are generally very aggressive. The largemouth can be much more finicky and you have to work on those girls if you want to catch them. Long running flat clay points are holding fish as well. Often these fish can be found in the 8 10 foot depth ranges or shallower on top of these points. A shaky head and a Carolina rig worm are good bets for fish on these areas. Here is what I have open in early May: 10, 11, 16, 18, 25, and 26(AM). The spots are on fire! Don't miss out! 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 this week has been a struggle and very good. The Blueback Herring have been spawning under a full and very bright moon all week and the stripers have gone nocturnal. Night fishing has been off the charts and the day light hours has been a struggle, especially during the days with blue bird skies and high pressure. You have several options for night fishing. Cast Bombers to the banks and also pitch blueback herring to lighted docks or you can pull planner boards as close to the bank as possible. This should last until mid week. The blueback spawn should be over, the nights will be a little darker and we can get back a more traditional daylight bite. Focus on points, reef markers and clay banks. Pulling Blueback Herring on free lines and planner boards, casting top water and buck tail jigs, pitching Herring, or pulling Umbrella rigs are all good techniques for this week. There are fish like wide with mid lake having a slight advantage over the extreme North and South. The lake temperature has jumped into the low to mid 70ís and it should be interesting to see if this sudden rise in water temperature effects the fishing. The water is clear on the main lake and stained in the backs of the creeks. The lake is at full pool. 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 Angler’s Club. See our club’s website, www.laniercrappieanglers.net

Water temperature is 72 degrees and rising. I suspect that the majority of the crappie have spawned. However, there are a few big fish being caught in docks that are at 10 feet depths or less, which indicates a few have not completed their spawn. One good thing about fishing the post spawn is that most of the fish have headed back to their original habitat. You can catch them on stand alone submerged brush piles in 25 foot depths or shallower, or you can catch them on deeper docks with structure. Use your Lowrance down scan and side scan to locate. These fish tend to be the bigger fish. If size does not matter to you, the docks with structure in more shallow water and brush piles and blow downs in more shallow water can produce the numbers. The fish in more shallow water (especially those in blow downs) tend to darken in color and are mostly male. Keep in mind that the majority of the crappie in Lake Lanier are the black crappie species which change color throughout the year, depending on their depth and water temperature. Fishing is good to excellent, and the fish are willing to bite live minnows, hair jigs, and soft body jigs. If you are fishing the deeper brush piles, use 1/16 ounce jig heads, especially on a windy day. When we fish deeper blow downs, we also double rig with 1/24 ounce jig heads. The trolling bite is good in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening, whether long line trolling with 2 curly tail jigs or tight line trolling with crappie minnows and a 3/8 ounce double swivel sinker in a Carolina rig. Take advantage of the good fishing and great weather and enjoy the lake before it gets too hot and too crowded. 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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