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Anglers talking about freshwater fishing in Georgia can’t help but mention Lake Lanier fishing. The Buford Dam supports the Chattahoochee River and forms a 38,000 acre lake with 540 miles of shoreline. The average depth is 50-60 feet, and the fact that it is 35 miles from Atlanta means you will find plenty of anglers bass fishing on Lake Lanier.
1. Good water temperatures
The northern part of the lake is fed by warming tributaries. These areas are good in spring as temperatures rise to optimal levels earlier than in the southern part of the lake. The lake is deeper further south, so go there later in the season after the water has warmed up too much.
2. Clarity of the water
Changes in sea fishing. At the point where rivers and tributaries flow into a lake, you’ll find shallower water that becomes cloudy after a rain. What makes Lake Lanier fishing so good is its size. While the area in the north becomes cloudy, the deeper water in the south remains clear. Look for wet rain areas where the water color is changing. Fish cross these areas in search of a meal that will wash down to them like room service.
3. Different types of fish to catch
Fishing on Lake Lanier is varied. Because of the temperature changes, you’ll find both warm and cold water species such as largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, crappie, and bluegills. You can also find rainbow trout, brown trout and brown trout here.
4. Common bait that you can use
Gizzard Shad, Herring, Threadfin Shad, and Spottail Minnows are the most common bait fish to use while fishing in Lake Lanier.
5. You can catch fish all year round
With the exception of the hottest months of July and August, there is always something to catch.
6. Great fishing spots
The number of parks on the lake offers the angler good opportunities on land, but is mostly accessible by boat. Top fishing spots on Lake Lanier include boat runs, piles of brushes, and fallen trees. Start your boats at Morgan Falls, Jones Bridge, Abbott’s Bridge and Highway 20 Bridge, among others, which are spread around the lake!
Fall is a good time to catch fish. If you’re not in a UGA or Georgia Tech game and are on the water, please send us a Lake Lanier fishing report!
Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.