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Lake Lanier fishing report: Bass feeding well on bluebacks, shad


Lake Lanier fishing report: Bass feeding well on bluebacks, shad

BY Eric Aldrich
For The Times
UPDATED  May 21, 2009 5:37 p.m.

Lake temperatures have dropped a little after the recent mild temperatures and are around 70 degrees. This rainy season has really helped Lake Lanier levels and we are at 1,065.5 feet or just 5.5-feet down from the normal full pool of 1,071 feet. The Chattahoochee River is clear. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466.


Spotted bass fishing remains consistent and fishing is good. Most of the bass we have been catching are recovering nicely from the spawn. While several have their normal worn down tails from where they were fanning nests, their stomachs are full, which is an indication that they are feeding well on bluebacks and shad.

The blueback herring spawn should be finishing up and the topwater bite is on, so target the main lake points or humps. Cast walking baits like SPRO Dawg100s, Super Spooks, Sammys and other noisy topwater plugs. The strikes have been explosive, even in choppy water, which indicates that the fish are aggressively feeding. This action seems to be best from sun up to around 2 p.m., but it can work all day long. Other subsurface lures that mimic the long, skinny herring are also working. SPRO McSticks, Zoom Flukes, Fish Head Spins and Basstrix type swim baits all get the nod for catching spotted bass.

In the afternoon, move around and find clay and rock banks that drop off quickly and work finesse worms on a jig head. Texas or Carolina Lizards also work well for bass relating to the bottom. My Humminbird 797c Side Imaging unit is a fantastic tool for locating productive spots. It produces a photographic type of view of the bottom and will actually show me submerged boats, lawn chairs, bush piles and timber. Target depths from five to 20 feet as the bass have been shallower with the recent mild temperatures.

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