The water temperature has surged on Lake Lanier with the early Summer heat. Therefore, the topwater bite ended early this year for the stripers.The striped bass have quickly moved to their Summer locations. Right now the stripers are still on deep water points all over the lake. The point having deep water access is important. Over the next few weeks look for more and more fish to move to the south end of the lake. Day in and day out, downlines with herring 30 feet deep will the primary pattern. Right now, it is the downlines 30 feet deep on the deep points but over the next few weeks look more and more over the timber in deeper water.
On the downline use a basic carolina rig with a 2 ounce egg sinker as the weight. Be sure to use flourocarbon like the Berkley 100% flourocarbon to increase your number of bites. The flourocarbon is less visible in the clear water of Lake Lanier. Most days we are using five to six foot leaders on the carolina rig and a 2/0 Mustad Octopus hook. Also equally important is the quality of your bait. Be sure to ice down your baitwell to help keep your bait lively. Most people have even started using pure oxygen on their bait. Take as much bait as you can possibly take and not crowd the bait.
Concerning artificials, the leadcore bite will also be picking up very soon. Spool up the leadcore on a Penn 330 reel with a Medium Lite Tiger Rod by Shakespeare. Start with six color out on the leader and tip the 50 feet of leader with a 1 ounce bucktail tipped with a 5 inch ripple shad. If you have never used leadercore for stripers be sure to stop by your local tackle shop to get all the details.
If you have never fished Lake Lanier, the next two months are always the best fishing of the year for striped bass on Lake Lanier. The conditions are hot but the catching is even hotter. Hope to see you out there.