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Subject: Lake Lanier, Georgia

Submitted by RyanC/LanierSpots

Date Fished: 4/18/2012

Water Temperature: 68
Water Clarity: 4 feet or greater

The surface temps on Lanier are upper 60's, still. Been there for a while on the lower end. The lake level is 5.45 feet down which is down from 5.1 a few weeks. back. The lake is starting to drop but we have gotten some very good rain yesterday and last night here on the lake. I look for it to go up a little over the next few days. Hopefully, we will get some more this week so we do not start the summer out at more than 5 feet low...

There are still some fish spawning out there but the majority of them have finished and are out sulking right now. Females anyway... We always have some late spawners in May and even in June so there may be a few left but most of the largemouth and spots have finished..

The past week we have had a decent bite but not great on the lower end. There are a few big fish up and a few out there over the brush but a good many of them are in a post spawn mode and are just cruising around sulking from the spawn. This period does not usually last long for us and I expect the fish to recover very fast. I have seen a good many singles and small schools out over the timber while idling around this week. Though we can see these fish on our electronics, they are very tough to target with a single rod and reel unless your live baiting or trolling.... They will get attached to something soon and will be there for the taking... Just be a little more patient right now and things will come together.

I am also starting to see the big sores on the spots as we have in the past few years. Its is a type of bacteria that is actually called "Red sore disease" . We have seen this pretty bad over the past few years and shows up in the late spring to early summer (right after the spawn) and usually lasts about 4-5 weeks. I have seen it a little in the fall but mostly in the spring. In a way it looks like stress from spawning but its a little different. From what I understand, it does not affect the fish and they recover 100% from it. Just looks nasty.

I have had a decent topwater bite from day to day on wake baits and walking baits. My best baits have been a Lucky Craft sammy and Buckeye wake bait as well as a small redfin on calm days. The fish usually want a more subtle bait right after the spawn with the calm conditions we have had then we can hammer them with the big obnoxious baits after a few weeks. The morning has been best for topwater but we have had a middle of the day bite a few days. It has just not been consistent.

Swimbaits have been doing pretty good over the past week in the middle of the day fished over the off shore structure and points. I have been using a mechanical bait as well as a plastic one on a 1/2 ounce swimbait head. Not a lot of bites on this but they have been good fish.

The best way to catch fish right now is to roam the humps and brush on the lower end and use a worm, either on a jighead or dropshot to sight fish for the bass in 25 feet of water. The fish are moving up and down a lot so you will find a hump that will be totally loaded with fish at some point then come back the next day and it will be empty. Just keep moving around and looking for them.

I have been dropping a SpotSticker Hand pouri in Melon Murder and Cinnamon Pepper for the most part but one of my clients raked them this week using the Watermelon Pearl hand pour... On the jighead, I have been using a watermelon seed Zoom finesse worm.

My May is starting to fill up so give me a call if you want to get out on a trip with me. May should be awesome this year as things are a little ahead of schedule. I have listed the open days I have below.

Good luck everyone and good fishing

Open May days - 9,15,16,21,23,24,30

Ryan



 

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