Michael Maddalena

Striper fishing is good but has slowed on the south end of the lake. The Threadfin shad die off seems to be more sever on the south end of the Lake. This makes for "easy pickings" for the fish. With a lot of bait on the bottom there is no need to chase live bait and the fishing tends to slow. However, this situation should play itself out this week and the fishing will improve. It is spring time and the fish are getting frisky. The proof is the Spotted bass have started to moved up shallow on flats in less than 20 feet of water. The Stripers will also start moving to shallow water. Live bait continues to be your best bet. Blueback Herring is the bait of choice when fished on un-weighted free lines 100 feet behind the boat. Keep your trolling motor speed between .6 and 1.2 miles per hour. We have not used Umbrella rigs this past week as the live bait bite has just been to good. Fishing the Creeks and river channel from Browns Bridge North to Highway 60 bridge is probably your best bet. 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.

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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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