Lake Lanier Fishing Report September 2018
The Lake Lanier Fishing Report for September is to look for change in the pattern. The weather will begin to cool off and the pattern will change quickly. Fishing has been all over the place on Lanier the past few weeks. Been some good days and some tough days. Looking forward to some cooler weather. Right now the water temperature is in the low 80s and the water has been surprisingly clear. As the lake turns over in the coming weeks expect this to change. The first part of turnover typically occurs the last two weeks of September. Look for the pattern to change quickly as the water temperature drops on the lake.
Downlines will continue to be best in early September. The correct setup is a Shakespeare Striper Series light action rod paired with a Penn Squall 20 Linecounter reel. The Linecounter is very important. Spool the Penn Squall with 15 or 20 pound Trilene Big Game line. Then rig up a 2 oz Capt. Mack Swivel Sinker and a Gamakatsu 1/0 Octopus hook for the herring. Great electronics have been even more critical than normal. With the Humminbird Solix, I can see the fish much clearer in the timber with the Down Imaging. The Solix is worth every penny you spend.
As the surface temperature drops, look for the top water action to begin to occur on the south end. Spool up a Fenwick Medium action rod with 10 pound Trilene Big Game and a Sebile Magic Swimmer as the lure. The Magic Swimmer has caught tons of stripers over the past decade. The Magic Swimmer comes in several sizes and they all work but the 125 is most popular. Another top water bait to try is the Berkley J-Walker 120 and the Berkley Driftwalker. These two baits are new and just hitting the market. Pick a Shad based color or a bone color and you are good to go. Look for schooling fish and cast right in the middle of them. Just be prepared at all times or a striper will take your lure and rod. Looking forward to Fall and some cooler weather. The topwater bite should be rolling by the second week of October.