Today's lake level: 1071.37
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Fishing News

July 2020

  • Lake level: 1071.49
  • Clarity: Main lake clear, creeks and channels stained
  • Temperature: 78 degrees
This report is compiled from the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s blog:

Overall fishing

Back out on Lanier recently and started on main lake points and hazard buoys that have been good fishing for the past three weeks. We moved out to brush piles in 20 to 30 feet of water. We only caught a few fish but they were pretty good ones. We had to keep moving to find active fish. Seems like all they wanted was our topwater baits. Whopper Ploppers, Walking Boss & Front Runners with Zara Spook trailers all caught fish. Just a reminder, make sure you make long casts to keep from spooking the fish with your electric motor.
- This report courtesy of “Academy Jack” Becker. 

Bass fising

 Bass fishing is good. The majority of our fish recently have come from 20 to 25 feet of water. We have focused mainly on points with brush for the majority of our fish. The brush in 20 to 25 feet is now holding more fish and there has been some decent schooling action as well. Top water and swimbaits have been our main pursuit and will continue to be for the next several weeks. A variety of baits have been working, and the best baits seem to vary daily. Walking, popping, and waking baits are all valid options in the top water arena. So stay on the move and remain versatile with your lure choices. July is a great time to catch top water and swimbait fish on offshore structure as well as targeting deeper fish with a drop shot. 
- This report was filed by Jimbo Mathley, Jimbo on Lanier,, 770 542 7764.

: Ken Sturdivant is on the Lowrance Pro Staff and teaches electronics along with other fishing skills. All the details for his “On the Water” SONAR school are available at


Other fising news

National Fishing and Boating Week set for June 6-14, 2020

Need a reason to go fishing and boating? Here are just a few:  Connection – fishing and boating offer a great way to connect with family and friends; Stress Relief – fishing is a great way to relax; and Conservation - the funds from your fishing license help conserve Georgia lakes, rivers and streams.  National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6-14.  The celebration offers another great reason to get outdoors, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

“Did you know that most people are introduced to fishing by a family member, and most consider a family member to be their best fishing friend?” said Thom Litts, Chief of the Fisheries Management Section. “Teaching a child to fish, or taking an outing to a nearby waterway can help build a conservation ethic, while also introducing an exciting activity you can enjoy together for life.”  National Fishing and Boating Week began in 1979 and was created to recognize the tradition of fishing, to broaden the spirit of togetherness and to share the values and knowledge of today’s anglers with tomorrow’s anglers. 

How to celebrate
In the spirit of introducing new family members or friends to the sport of angling, Georgia offers two free fishing days – Sat., June 6 and Sat., June 13 – during this special week. On these days, Georgia residents do not need a fishing license, trout license or Lands Pass (WMAs/PFAs) to fish. 

Where to celebrate: There are many great places to fish in Georgia, from trout streams in North Georgia, to large reservoirs, to lazy rivers in the south part of the state. You can always start at one of the 10 Public Fishing Areas ( or at one of many Georgia State Parks ( that offer fishing opportunities for family and friends. 

According to the National Fishing and Boating Week website, one of the main reasons people don’t go fishing or boating is because no one has invited them.  So make it a mission during National Fishing and Boating Week, or the next time you go fishing, to take someone new: a child, a relative or a friend.   

For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week and all it has to offer, including the free fishing days, nearest kids fishing event or places to fish, visit

- Posted 5.28.20

Summer 2020 fishing day camps set for Go Fish Education Center

The Go Fish Education Center is hosting three Fishing Day Camps this June and July. Limited space is available and registration deadlines are quickly approaching, so be sure to register soon. Participating kids will learn how to fish, receive safety tips, casting instructions and how to clean your catch. They will also learn about fish biology, habitats and conservation – all through guided instruction, tours and educational activities. 

  • Session 1 (register by June 4): June 9-11; 9:30 am-3:30 pm daily
  • Session 2 (register by June 11): June 16-18; 9:30 am-3:30 pm daily
  • Session 3 (register by July 9): July 14-16; 9:30 am-3:30 pm daily.

Cost for the camp is $100 (due on the first day of each session), which includes admission to the Go Fish Education Center, educational instruction, use of equipment and bait. Campers will need to bring their own lunch, snacks, and water bottle. 

COVID-19 Safety at Camp: The Go Fish Education Center is following state and federal recommendations regarding COVID-19. 

How about a whole family trip to the Go Fish Education Center? What is there to see and do? Visit aquariums that hold more than 180,000 gallons of water and are loaded with Georgia freshwater fish and wildlife, including alligators. Try out the fishing and shooting simulators. See a working fish hatchery from our huge gallery window. All that gazing at fish will be sure to get you ready to try out the casting pond, bait and tackle provided. Once you have finished your visit, be sure to take some time to browse in our gift shop!

For more info on summer camps at the Go Fish Education Center, visit, or call 478-988-7187.

- Posted 5.28.20

Trout hatchery closes for update

For the first time in 70-plus years, the Lake Burton Trout Hatchery raceways are empty and dry, and the last of the trout has entered North Georgia streams or been transferred to other hatcheries. The hatchery is scheduled for renovation, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ WRD. “The Lake Burton Trout Hatchery was built in the 1930s, and is long overdue for a renovation in order to continue serving the angling public,” says WRD Fisheries Biologist Anthony Rabern. “This large-scale project will temporarily alter the availability of the area for the public, but ultimately will allow us to utilize new technologies to further enhance trout production.” In the past, this facility was operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and was open to the public seven days a week. However, due to the construction on the property, the hatchery hours will change for visitors. The area will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m, not open on weekends. 

- Posted 8.27.19

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