Lanier top water continues to push onward. Fishing has been very good when the weather cooperates!
Well things have certainly changed over the past week of fishing. The fish are moving all over the pond and while there are still plenty of schools on top, some of the schools appear harder to feed than others. I had a particularly good week of fishing. My schools that I am targeting are eating a well presented fly. The key term here is “well presented”. This time of year anglers MUST fish with an urgency about them in order to get the fly in front of the fish. Unfortunately for anglers not accustomed to fishing this way it leads to errant casts and missed opportunities. Anglers must take a deep breath and not get rattled at seeing teen sized stripers rolling on the surface for a short time before disappearing and then resurfacing 100 yards away again. That is the difference in having a nice day versus a big day. I had a trip last week where my first time clients had many opportunities to surfacing face. They caught and landed 2 spotted bass and dropped 2 stripers in nearly 5 hours. After dropping them off I found a school of fish heading home and in ten minutes of fishing made a total of 8 casts hooking 5 fish. It is all about feeding the fish and a well presented fly. Not always an easy task… but it can be done! Fish are still eating somethin’ else flies on intermediate lines. Mornings and evenings are best but even middle of the day has fish showing up. Overcast days are clearly better then sunny days. Weather has us buggered the past 3 days…It will continue!!! See you on the pond
PS…for David Testerman… best area of the lake is positively $!%&#@*! 😉
Well finally all things come to an abrupt start! The top water bite officially began the past 48 hours. Fish are busting shad all over the lake. While we are only seeing a handful of gulls and terns it is not so easy to spot them as it will be in two to three weeks from now when we have lots of bird life helping find fish. For now the fish are feeding on their normal fall patterns. There are two patterns that are consistent… first there is the night time bomber bite. You can go right after dark and fish shallow by tossing bomber long A lures up shallow around beaches and islands on the south end of the lake. For those wanting to do it using fly, just take a bomber and remove the treble hooks. Toss it on the shallow points and beaches and when you get a tug, stop and change over to a fly rod with an intermediate fly line and a fly about 5-7″ in length. The second bite is the top water bite. You will see the stripers busting bait just under the surface but still make a splash. Best bet is a small somethin else or Clouser type pattern on an intermediate line or you can fish a wiggle minnow on a floating line. It is tons of fun watching these fish crash the bait near the surface. These are happy fish that are at times doing back flips on the surface. It is all just starting and the next 6 weeks should be tremendous! We are booking trips and are currently open for some trips around Thanksgiving and thereafter… see you on the pond!
The fishing on Lanier continues to disappoint despite the fact that we are now squarely on the full moon. While I expected the fish to be all over the surface and tearing it up the past few days, it has been just the opposite. The fish have scattered and have been non existent for top water anglers. What probably caused the fishing to become slow is the mild weather we have seen over the past 7 days. Water temps have climbed back up into the mid 70’s and we need this to fall a good 3-5 degrees before the top water action kicks into high gear. For now, I am postponing trips til the bite kicks in but continuing to monitor and fish thru the slow days. Even the spotted bass have gone deep! Very unusual to see this but not to worrisome at all. The small bait is out over the channel and can be seen both early and late in the day. This is exactly what one would expect to see this time of year and once the water temps drop a little we will see our bite kick in just as if someone flipped on a light switch. Hang in there! it is coming very soon. We always talk about the fishing going off around baseball’s world series. Well the world series is 7-10 days away…GO TIGERS! Stay tuned and hope to see you on the pond! HC
Well it is that time of year again only it is starting earlier than normal. The stripers are already hitting the surface and taking them on both fly and top water lures has started. Fish into the teens have been caught the last week and it is only going to get better as the waters cool down. Both early in the mornings and late in the afternoons are best. However we caught them from 1-3pm this week too! Best bet is to look for fish south of Browns Bridge. Spotted bass are also schooling along with the stripers. We are now booking trips for the fall run. The last 2 years have shown some of the best fishing of the year during October and November. Chug bugs for conventional tackle and poppers and crease flies for fly rods are what we are using. Stay tuned as we will start posting photos over the next few weeks. Fish are schooling in both small groups of 8-12 fish and large groups from 40-50 fish. You can see them busting a long ways off on the lake. So it is important to keep binoculars handy to scan the water for surface feeders… See you on the pond!
Hit the pond this morning for some dock light fishing and some up on the bank fishing. Had the boys from Southern Culture on the Fly E-Zine out with me today. The weather was fantabulous! The fishing wss as good as the weather. Fish are now moving north for the spawn and are shallow. I mean right in the skinniest water you can imagine. Using mostly intermediate lines and some fairly fast sink lines too. We managed close to 20 fish (combination of spotted bass and striped bass). The spots were up to 3+ lbs and the stripers went to near 12 lbs. Most of the stripers were in the 3-5 lb range. Clousers and coyotes were the ticket. The bait is up on the banks and the fish are right there with them. We also hit a few dock lights heading north and saw some BIG gals still swimming and eating on the lights. With the warm weather finally here you need to just get out on the water and take advantage fo some great fishing! Hope to see you on the pond… HC
We continue to see some really nice fish being caught in the backs of the coves as the water temps continue to warm as we head into spring. Stripers are feeding on very small shad in the 2- 2 1/2″ size range. Clousers and somethin’ else flies are still the ticket. While I always carry a sinking line in my boat, I am stictly tossing intermediate lines up and onto the banks of the coves. Many of my eats are coming in under 7 feet of water and in some cases in just 2-3′ of water. This is my favorite time on Lanier as we are fishing skinny to BIG fish. Most fish this past week hae aeraged over 15 lbs. Biggest this week on fly was a 21 lb fish. This pre-spawn bite will continue for another weekbefore the fish start leaving the coves and head north for their spawning run. When that happens, the spotted bass should start moving shallow making for the best of the spring bite with both stripers and spots being caught on fly. This is usually when we get our most eats for the year on the fly. Dock lights continue to produce nice sized fish on slightly bigger baits tossing sinking lines. The dock light bite will surely continue to get stronger throughout the spring. I had a busmans holiday yesterday (opening day of trout season) when both Jimmy Harris and Jeff Durniak took a morning off to fish the pond in Jimmy’s new boat. It was great fun and both trout guys had a ball. Jeff hooked, landed and released a 15+ lb striper on a little fly he tied. Ironic to see two of No GA biggest trout names fishing stripers on opening day 🙂 Now is the time to get out and fly fish the pond. Hope to see you there… HC