Michael Maddalena

Striper fishing is good. The weather has started to turn in terms of temperature and SPRING IS HERE! We did have a Threadfin shad die off due to the temperatures dropping into the low 40's in the main lake and high 30's in the back of the creeks. This makes for "easy pickings" for the birds and the fish. However, there is plenty of bait in the creeks and the lake is healthy. This situation will clear this week. This could be one of the best spring time fishing seasons we have ever experienced based on what we have seen to date. Live bait continues to be your best bet. There is a shallow water early morning (before sunrise) bite using Herring on un-weighted free lines and planner boards. Once the sun gets up, weight your lines with several split shots, deploy your down rods in addition to your free lines and move to deeper water. Once the water temperature reaches 55 degrees we should be able to pick up some nice fish on the shallow flats half way back in the creeks. We will be looking at points and flats this week. We used Umbrella rigs as a search tool last week and switched to bait when we caught a fish or marked fish on our Lowrance Structure Scan Sonar. We have heard of some nice Stripers being caught at night casting Long A Bombers to reef markers and long sloping points. If you are a night fisherman you may want to give it a try. Any of the creeks from Lake Lanier Islands North with bait are good places to start. The lake temperature has warmed to the low 40's in the am and the low 50,s during the day. The water is lightly stained on the main lake with heavy stain in the backs of the creeks. The lake is less than one foot below full pool.

Fish Species: Striped Bass, Striper
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Michael Maddalena

About The Author: Captain Michael Maddalena

Company: Big Fish On Guide

Area Reporting: Georgia

Bio: Been fishing Lake Lanier and other GA waters for 25 years, chasing the Silver Bullet - striped Bass.

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