Lake Lanier Fishing Report 12.20.11
Striper fishing is good. The colder temperatures this week has not made a significant difference in the fishing. We continue to have two patterns. There is still a downrod bite on the South end of the lake in the creek mouths. Use your Lowrance Structure Scan to find these fish and drop baits to them on down rods. Trout, Gizzard Shad and Herring are all working.
The key difference is with Herring you will also pick up a few spotted bass. There is also a bite half way back in the creeks on flats and long sloping points. The key continues to be bait. Target the creeks with a high concentration of bait and focus on nearby flats and points. Start out early with a “spread” of planner boards, free lines and hang a couple of
down lines over the side. Vary the distance of your baits behind the boards; keeping the bank side planner boards shorter than the deep water side. I usually start with a trout and Gizzards on the outside boards and herring on the inside boards and behind the boat.
After the first couple of hours move to deeper water and weight your baits with a couple of split shots. Keep your eyes open for diving birds and ensure you have a Captain Mack’s 1/2 oz bucktail with a trailer tied on to cast. Flowery Branch, Mud, Orr and Flat creek are good places to start. On the north end of the lake try Ada, Gainesville, Little River and Wahoo creeks.
Check with US Army Corps of Engineers web site to find a list of the ramps that are open before going out. Due to the low lake level a significant number of ramps are closed. Be sure to enter the correct elevation!