Lake Lanier Fishing Report


The Largemouth Bass bite has subsided slightly, but good numbers are still being caught near brush and ledges, as is hard swimbait fishing, which remains very steady.

June is an in-between month: stripers’ shallow water bite will decline while fish will begin moving deeper as temperatures increase.

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Bass fishing on Lake Lanier remains strong despite the lake level dropping six feet and decreasing. Water clarity on the main lake ranges from transparent to slightly stained; creeks and river channels remain clearer, with more transparent waters available to anglers. Temperature changes have also begun, providing additional support to fisheries on this body of water.

Largemouth bass can often be found in upper creek and river channel areas. Look out for rocky banks, drop-offs, and humps as prime spots for largemouths to spawn. Use spinnerbaits, small crankbaits, and jigs as effective lures; adding Gizzard Shad can draw attention to your baits!

Spotted bass have also begun showing up around docks and bridge pilings with the change in weather, providing an opportunity to catch them while they’re hungry and searching for sustenance. Spotted bass tends to favor higher areas like humps or rocky banks rather than deep water environments for feeding purposes.

Striped bass continues to be caught on ledges and points in the upper lake area using slow presentations with one-ounce Storm Wart lures. They should be targeted in the evening and early morning.

Lake Lanier is a regional gem with a distinguished record for producing trophy bass. Due to its size and variety of structures, it makes Lake Lanier an excellent spot for bass fishing – yet it can also be unpredictable and yield unexpected catches at any given time! Fishing Lake Lanier can be exciting because one day can bring success while the next may prove fruitless.

If you are planning a visit to Lake Lanier, make sure that you consult local resources regarding current conditions and regulations. Remember that it’s essential that future generations can also enjoy its beauty; always abide by local, state/province, and federal fishing regulations – fishing without an appropriate license should never be done!


Trout fishing on Lake Lanier has been excellent lately. Tiny midges in sizes 20 or smaller have produced the best results with trout bites; this method remains optimal until June arrives and when trout begin preferring more giant bugs.

Lake Lanier is a vast man-made reservoir northeast of Atlanta in Georgia’s foothills and a trendy spot for watersports and marinas, drawing over 10 million visitors annually. Lake Lanier hosted Olympic rowing and sprint canoe events and world champion dragon boat competitions in 1996 and hosted its world championship dragon boat competition last year.

Lake Lanier provides numerous activities, such as camping, boating, swimming, hiking, and fishing. The lake boasts over 200 miles of shoreline with multiple public beaches, parks, recreational areas, golf course, and a country club!

At Lake Murray, one of the main draws is its islands, decorated yearly for Magical Nights of Lights – one of Southeast America’s largest drive-through holiday displays – featuring lights, Santa Shops, and live nativity scenes.

Striped bass are the primary target at Lake Lanier, and anglers can catch them using various techniques. Fish bait such as gizzard shad and blue-black herring live baits work particularly well, although artificial lures may also prove effective. Most anglers focus on fishing at the upper end of the lake in search of aggressive fish willing to chase after an angler’s offerings.

An expansive lake such as Lake Lanier requires constant levels of water, which are maintained through regular releases from Buford Dam during winter and spring months. This enables the Corps of Engineers to keep downstream users and endangered species habitats supplied with more water flow through the Chattahoochee River; additionally, this release prevents lake levels from rising too rapidly during the hot summer months.


Lake Lanier catfish are an angler’s delight, and these aquatic predators can be found throughout the lake. These catfish feed on various small marine life, making them incredibly prolific around structures like rock humps, docks, and rip-rap banks; creek and river channels with deeper waters often offer them cover. Because catfish require specialized bait, such as liver (beef or chicken), dough balls with cheese fillings, hotdogs, and nightcrawlers shrimp, they will accept most temptation that comes their way – even minnow imitations may help!

Lake Lanier catfishers often turn to an Alabama rig with a long rod and reel outfitted with a heavy-duty cable to attract catfish. Designed to suspend live baitfish over deep-water structures, it enables anglers to cast upstream while pulling downstream; it is especially beneficial during summer when striped bass migrate into Lake Lanier headwaters, and surface feeding frenzy occurs frequently.

Striped bass on Lake Lanier can grow to over 20 pounds, offering anglers an array of ways to target them. Some fishermen favor shallow-water tactics, while others exploit their migration or topwater frenzy to catch these majestic fish. No matter which technique is employed, Lake Lanier’s striped bass provide an unmatched fishing experience that attracts both trophy hunters and “numbers” fishermen alike.

Largemouth bass on Lake Lanier are abundant throughout its water column and many coves, but for optimal success, it’s best to look in the upper end, where more vegetation and docks provide hiding spots. They tend to be more aggressive than their spotted cousins and will readily take artificial bait. When targeting this bass, it is vital to understand that these species prefer structure over open waters; fishing around more profound points, ledges, and humps is crucial.


Walleye are on many anglers’ bucket lists, and Lake Lanier provides this species. Walleye are caught by trolling or casting various baits with hook-up rates exceeding 90% and enjoyable catch rates, preferring deeper waters but sometimes appearing nearer the shallows where they ambush bream, yellow perch, and other sunfish species. Walleye are especially great targets for young children or novice anglers as their hook-up percentage is very high, and they make great targets with significant hook-up rates.

Crappies are one of the most sought-after fish to catch on Lake Lanier, reaching 20 inches long in some cases. Crappies are ideal for targeting kids and can be seen anywhere from docks, riprap, and humps to creek mouths and tributaries. Many fishermen prefer early morning when feeding for crappie since shad, herring, and crayfish feed on this bait fish species; effective baits include jigs and spoons fished off the bottom in 30-40 feet of water for success when fishing for crappie on Lake Lanier.

Largemouth bass are an angler’s dream target on Lake Lanier and can be found year-round. When water temperatures drop in the fall, bass transition to a topwater bite and can be targeted using various baits – crankbaits, soft plastics, and jigs are among their favorites; others prefer casting spook or Sammy into the surface area to catch feeding bass.

Lake Lanier provides ample opportunity for bank anglers to catch striped bass during spring and fall, typically between 8-10 pound fish that excite bank fishing enthusiasts. Numerous quality 10-20 pound species also provide real thrills.

DNR’s annual stocking program helps maintain the lake’s striped bass population, resulting in several strong year classes. Prospects for this year’s striped bass season appear promising; further, DNR has recently introduced larger fish into its stockpile to provide even more excellent opportunities to hunt these swift predators.