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Lake Lanier Fishing Report

Lake Lanier Fishing Report Dec. 23, 2017

The Winter bite is in full swing here on Lanier. The stripers are following the bait into the creeks. The north end and the south end are both great. Birds and loons will continue to be a big help. If the birds are in an area, the bait is nearby almost every time. The good news has been the type of bait. This year it has been herring and medium trout. Some fish on medium shiners but not like last year. To be prepared, take a complete variety of live baits. Have rods ties up with number 6 Gamakatsu Octopus hooks, number 1/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hooks, and number 3/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hooks. Match the hook to the size bait. Herring is catching the most fish but the trout are catching the bigger fish. Freelines with balloons and planer boards being the best for the trout. The standard Shakespeare Striper rod paired with a Penn Squall Linecounter reel being the necessary rod and reel setup spoiled with 15 pound Trilene Big Game line. The herring can go on the downline or freeline. The water quality is great right now so be prepared for all techniques. If you see fish up shallow, be sure to have a spinning rod like a Penn Battle 3000 rigged up with no more than 10 pound Trilene Big Game. Most of the time a small 1/4 ounce Capt. Mack or 1/4 ounce Spro Prime Bucktail will do the trick. White being the dominant color here on Lanier with the clear water. As a whole, fishing should be great this month plus no crowds. What more can you ask for? Time to go catching,

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