Lanier Stripers: The striper fishing on Lake Lanier has changed rapidly the last few weeks. The Fall fronts have arrived and are bringing cooler weather which has dropped the water temperature. With the dropping water temperature, the pattern has changed rapidly. The lake has already went through the worst part of the lake turnover where the cooler surface water sinks due to it being denser. This is very important since it brings more oxygen back into the water. The stripers are loving the cooler water temperatures and are beginning to school on topwater. Be sure to keep topwater baits tied on at all times. A subsurface lure like the Sebile Magic Swimmer is also catching some stripers along with some massive spotted bass. Two of the most popular colors are white lady and sea chrome. Use the sea chrome color on the sunny days and the white lady on the cloudy days. Most of the topwater bite has been in low light conditions and on windy days.
If you are not having any luck on the topwater, begin to look at humps and points near deep water that top out at thirty to forty feet deep. During the middle of the day, the stripers are laying on the points and humps. Drop your downlines right on top of their heads. Do not use as long a leader as you did in the Summer. Most of these fish will be tight tot e bottom and not want to leave. The bait of choice has been live trout on the downline. Look for this pattern to only get stronger as the water temperature drops each passing week.
Overall, it has been very nice out on the lake. The boat traffic has been nonexistent and the weather has been incredible. Some of the best fishing days of the year are always in the Fall along with some of the toughest. One thing is for sure, if you don’t get out and go you will never see one of those best days. Get out enjoy the weather and see what you catch. Tight lines,