Today's lake level: 1070.84
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Sep. 19, 2020
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Fishing Report/Tips

Fishing News

September 2020

  • Lake level: 1071.31
  • Clarity: Stained in creeks, main lake mostly clear.
  • Temperature:  Mid-80s


Area report
Surprise, surprise, it is hot! Actually, it’s really hot, and the afternoon thunderstorms are making late-day fishing excursions a challenge. Best bet for calm, successful fishing has been to hit your favorite local waterbody early before the sun and the waves get up. Forecasted rain might put a damper on your fishing plans, but the heat and humidity will no doubt return and stick around for several more weeks, so plan to fish the summer patterns a while longer. 

Mountain trouting opportunities are plentiful thanks to abundant rains this summer, so if still water is not your thing, aim high and find some mountain jewels among the shady rhododendron. Or, you can hit up your local tailwater (think Blue Ridge, Lanier, or Hartwell) for a lower elevation trout fishing excursion. 

The typical summer patterns are in motion on the North Georgia reservoirs: catfish and panfish are active and fishing well, black bass are taking cover or seeking deeper structure, and the linesides are trying to find their comfort zone amidst an evolving summer environment. The options are there, and below are a handful or proven tactics to put fish on in the summer. Good luck to the kiddos returning to schooling this week. It’s obviously not going to be a “normal” school year, but it can still be great, fun and productive. A fishing trip might be the perfect way to reward the kids (or, yourself) after a long week of in-person or virtual learning.

- This area report courtesy of Hunter Roop, Georgia DNR fisheries biologist.

Bass fishing
Bass fishing has slowed some over the last couple of weeks, and fish have started to feed early in the mornings on top and then a little later in the day. In between, you are having to pull these guys off structure like man-made brushpiles and deep timber. Look for brush in the 25- to 35-foot range on the main-lake humps and points. Work around and on top of these brushpiles with a jig or a drop-shot rig.

For a jig, I like a 3/8-oz. casting jig in either a Georgia craw or herring color. For my drop-shot rig, I like a heavier weight, so I typically use a 3/8-oz. weight on 6-lb. line with a No. 2 drop-shot hook. For plastics, I prefer a 6-inch SpotSticker Drop Shot Worm in either crushed herring or cinnamon purple.

These are go-to colors on Lake Lanier when the bite gets tough. Just use a 15- to 18-inch leader, and drop this rig around fish or structure that you mark on your Lowrance sonar. Be patient. In the mornings, you can still work topwater over humps and points for the aggressive fish, but be there early. Once the sun gets up, that bite slows dramatically and the fish lock on the structure. This bite will more than likely hold strong for us through August.
-This report courtesy of fishing guide Ryan Coleman,

Note: 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

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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