Lake Lanier Stripers: The Striper fishing on Lake Lanier has been getting better with each passing week. The fish have already made the move to open water. July is always one of the best months of the year. The fishing on the weekends can be tough due to the boat traffic but during the week it is a different world. What people find the most surprising is the best fishing can be in the middle of the day. Many days we get a strong bite early then after lunch another strong bite due to generation at the dam. The key pattern in July is downlines over deep water with blue back herring. The downline is a type of Carolina rig similar to bass fishing. You use a 2 ounce swivel sinker 6 feet or more above a fifteen pound flourocarbon leader and a 2/0 Gamakatsu Nautilus Light Circle hook. If the herring are small go to a 1/0 for more action out of the bait. The rod and reel consists of a Shakespeare 7’6″ Striper Rod and a Penn Squall line counter reel spooled with fifteen pound Trilene Big Game.
The best fishing will be from Vanns Tavern down to the dam due to the better water quality. With each passing week the fish are moving further and further south. The stripers will be over open water so good electronics are important. Short simple report can be summed up with this is the best time to go. Do not miss it. It is time to go catching. See you on the water.