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Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier is a very popular reservoir in north Georgia for anglers and recreational boaters. It was created by the completion of Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River in 1956, and is also fed by the waters of the Chestatee and Chattahoochee rivers. The lake encompasses 38,000 acres, or 59 square miles of water, and 692 miles of shoreline at normal level, which is at full summer pool of 1,071 feet above sea level. Lake Lanier boasts some of the best striped bass and spotted bass fishing in the country.

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Lake Lanier Fishing Report – October 2022

By GON Staff | September 28, 2022

Lanier: Level: 3 feet below 1071. Temp: Upper 70s. Clarity: Clear. Bass: Jimbo from Jimbo’s Lake Lanier Spotted Bass Guide Service reports, “October on Lake Lanier means transition. Often you can find fish shallow and in the mid-depth ranges. As well, some fish start to move deep into winter patterns by the end of the month. The lake traditionally begins its turnover process this month, which provides an additional challenge. This year the lake has been around full pool and has been trending below full pool moving into fall. This traditional weather pattern and lake level should bring us some more predictable fall fishing this year on Lanier. Let’s dig in and examine how to approach catching spotted bass in this highly transitional month. As the water temperature cools, the bait, and therefore many of the fish, begin to move shallower in search of the warmer water that remains. As always,…

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Lake Lanier Articles

Lake Lanier August Spotted Bass From Top To Bottom

Lake Lanier is famous for its big spotted bass, and in August you can catch them from top to bottom on points, roadbeds and humps near deep water. They may be chasing bait on top, suspended in the water column or on the bottom, but fishing the right places with the right baits will put…

Two Brothers Collect 41 WRD Angler Awards In 2021

Chris Daniel, of Cumming, isn’t a dad guilty of not spending enough time with his kids. In fact, he spent so much time with them in 2021 that two of his sons collected a total of 41 WRD Georgia Angler Awards for various fish species in Lake Lanier. “I have three kids who love to…

Lanier Shellcracker Record Broken After Nearly 20 Years

When you think about fishing on Lake Lanier in December, visions of big striped bass on the end of your line likely come to mind—at least before a shellcracker flopping in the boat would. Michael Madryga, of Cumming, and his son Blair, 25, were fishing Lake Lanier Dec. 12 when they put a new lake-record…

Purple Heart Recipients Enjoy Lanier Fishing Trip With SCI

The Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) was honored to host 25 Purple Heart recipients during its annual Wounded Veterans Fishing Weekend at Lake Lanier July 9-11. The event, which has been hosted for more than a decade by Georgia SCI, provides a full weekend of fishing and fun on Lake Lanier for wounded…

Inaugural GHSA Bass Fishing State Championship Won By Evans High Team

Evans County High School students Davis Madden and Jayden Faulkner won the first Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Bass Fishing State Championship, presented by Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance. The championship tournament was held May 8 at Lake Lanier. Faulkner and Madden had a five-bass limit that weighed 20-lbs., 3-ozs. to collect the win. There were 68…

Lake Lanier Record Fish

Largemouth Bass17-lbs., 9-ozs.Emory Dunahoo12/19/65
Spotted Bass8-lbs., 0.5-ozs.Patrick Bankston05/20/85
Striped Bass47-lbs., 12-ozs.Ward Schanhals04/03/10
Hybrid Bass12-lbs.Fred Duncan12/22/92
White Bass5-lbs., 1-oz.*J.M. Hobbins06/16/71
Shoal Bass5-lbs., 5-ozs.Peter T. Thliveros12/01/94
White Crappie3-lbs., 2-ozs.Bill Fretwell04/17/91
Black Crappie3-lbs., 5-ozs.Chris Williams10/06/06
Walleye8-lbs., 9-ozs.Buddy Wade 01/20/13
Bluegill1-lb., 2-ozs.Mrs. Pat Johnson06/03/79
Yellow Perch1-lb., 8-ozs.Jeff Howard02/02/90
Shellcracker1-lb., 9.44-ozs.Michael Madryga12/12/21
Rainbow Trout9-lbs., 6-ozs.Brooke Wheeler03/02/19
Brown Trout6-lbs.Tim Wyatt04/24/04
Flathead Catfish
51-lbs., 10-ozs.
Rodney Stephens
08/14/16
Channel Catfish22-lbs., 8-ozs.Robert Hancock09/28/11
Longnose Gar30-lbs., 13-ozs.Gerald Kennedy09/04/13
Common Carp14-lbs., 10.24-ozs.Cooper Henley03/14/21

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Lake Lanier August Spotted Bass From Top To Bottom

Lake Lanier is famous for its big spotted bass, and in August you can catch them from top to bottom on points, roadbeds and humps near deep water. They may be chasing bait on top, suspended in the water column or on the bottom, but fishing the right places with the right baits will put…

Lanier Spawning Spots

Big Lanier spotted bass are up shallow for the spawn in April, and now is the best time of the year to catch them shallow around rocks, docks and wood. Some bass will be postspawn in April, but many will still be moving in during prespawn and bedding in April. Lake Lanier is a 38,000-acre…

Lake Lanier Spotted Bass Awesome Autumn Numbers

Lake Lanier is one of the premier lakes in the country for catching numbers of quality spotted bass, and November is one of the best months of the year to fish Lanier. Spots are starting their move to the ditches, and they can be caught on brushpiles, bluff banks and in the ditches this month.…

Lanier Bass Mapped For December

Lake Lanier is known for its magnum spots and a great winter ditch bite. It’s true that in December lots of Lanier bass are moving into the ditches, but they can also be caught on rocky points near the coves, on boat docks, and there are many fish still on main-lake brushpiles. There is a…

Lanier Bass In The Winter Ditches

Most bass anglers have heard about the good winter “ditch bite” at Lake Lanier for spotted bass.  But exactly what is a ditch bite? How do you find good ditches, and how do you catch bass on this pattern? Three local expert fishermen on Lanier—Jim Farmer, Jimmy “Lanier Jim” Harmon and Jim “Jimbo” Mathley—shared their…