Lake Sidney Lanier
Current Temperature:
36°
Est Water Temperature:
38° (What's This)
Barometric Pressure:
30.37 (High)
Wind Speed:
East at 04 Knots (5 MPH)
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Welcome to FishingNotes.com Lake Sidney Lanier fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Lake Sidney Lanier water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!
State:
Georgia
Latitude:
34.319554
Maximum Depth (ft):
160
County:
Dawson
Longitude:
-83.867413
Normal Elevation (ft):
0
Inpoundment Type:
Lake
Water Clarity:
10+ ft
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
Surface Area (acres):
37000
Water Temp Factors:
Boat Limits:
No Restrictions
Lake Management:
Army Corps
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Guest
2014-04-06
Species: Striped Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Striper fishing is good and should be improving as the warming water temperatures gets the fish up and moving. The boys will be looking for girl friends and the girls will be looking to pack on the weight. Shallow water flats, long soaping points, and reef markers in the creeks will all become Gizzard and Threadfin Shad magnets and the fish will roam these areas looking for a big meal. Free lines with Herring, Trout and Gizzard Shad pulled on boards will be the primary technique. Pull you \"bank side\" board within a foot or two of the bank where possible . Vary your trolling speed from .75 mph to 1.5 mph which is a little faster than you have been pulling cold water. Do not hesitate to move out to deeper water as the sun get high in the sky. Stripers will stage off deep water points and chill out after feeding. Spring is a great time to fish especially after the winter we have had this year! Don\'t forget to take a DAD fishing. The lake is clear with the back of the creeks stained and the water temperatures are ranging from high 57 to 62\'.
Guest
2013-03-03
Species: Striped Bass
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 48
Striper fishing is good. The lake level is rising and we may be at full pool soon. The key to catching Stripers continues to be Herring on free lines and planner boards over 20 to 30 foot flats half way back in the creeks early in the morning. While you are pulling bait keep one person on the front deck casting a Captain Mack\'s 3/8 oz buck tail jig. Keep your eyes open for Stripers rolling on Thread Fin Shad. Keep a spinning rod with a small hook and a weighted float available to cast a small bait at any rolling fish you find. As the day progresses weight your lines with one to three split shots and work your way out to the creek channel over a 50 to 70 foot bottom. Drop a couple of down rods over the side and keep them just over the bait. You should be fishing over bait. Do not bother fishing if you are not marking bait on your Lowrance. Move until you find bait. There are fish in every creek with high concentrations of bait. The Umbrella rig bite has slowed and will probably remain that way until the water temperature climbs above 50 degrees. Flat Creek, Balus Creek, Mud Creek, Six Mile Creek and any of the creeks with a high concentration of bait are all good places to start. Consider fishing a creek you do not typically fish and one that does not get a lot of pressure. This is where you are going to find the bigger fish.
Guest
2011-03-13
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
"This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of Big Fish On! Guide Service, 404 561 2564. http://www.bigfishonguide.com The striper fishing is slowly improving despite the cold fronts and heavy rains last week. The lake temperature has dropped a few degrees to the low 50's but, with the warmer temperatures forecasted for this week we should see the fishing pick up. The stripers are moving into the backs of the creeks and are running the shallow flats and points looking for an early breakfast and a late dinner. Pulling baits shallow on flats and points with a variety of baits both large and medium is your best bet. Put one board right up on the bank with a large bait a couple of feet behind the board. Vary the length on your other boards and free lines from 20 to 70 feet back depending on size of your baits and the depth of the water. Put someone on the front of the boat casting a bucktail the entire time. There are a lot of gar moving around shallow they will drive you crazy killing your bait and you can waste a lot of time fishing for them. Be sure to take an extra dozen baits and check your lines every 20 minutes. Stripers being caught at night with Bombers and buck tails with a fluke trailer in the backs to the middle of the main lake creeks. You can also take out your Lake Lanier map or look on the Navionics chip and look for flats and long tapering points half way back to all the way back in any given creek. This is a great way to learn the lake and discover some hot spots."
Guest
2011-03-13
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 53
"March 11, 2011 LAKE LANIER IS .5 FEET OVER FULL, THE CREEKS ARE SLIGHTLY STAINED AND THE MAIN LAKE IS CLEAR & 53 DEGREES. Spotted bass are moving shallow but the high water means stay in the clear water on the main lake. Watch for floating debris in the lake. The best tactic is still deep structure. Look to main lake points and deep ledges as use the slow moving baits like all white buck tails, jigs and u tail green worms. With the water warming and on sunny days use sand and Limeaide Zoom worms on a Texas rig. If the overcast conditions move in use green pumpkin and pumpkinseed on the same rig. Look in the ditches in the creeks and off lake coves at 30 to 50 feet for the old trees and natural brush. Sand and hard clay banks are good all day areas as spots will spawn on them next month. Cast any baits close to the bank, but be sure to work the baits all the way out to the boat. At this time of year, bigger fish will hold off the banks as far as 26 feet of water. The Zoom dark blue plastic pork trailer on the matching colors of 3/8 ounce Stanley jig is a good second or third choice for this deep structure. Cast to the banks after lunch. Drop the lures right into the structure and vertically lift the lure making contact with the cover. Strikes will be very light so a sensitive Bass Pro Shops Extreme medium tip rod and light line Sufix Elite in 8 pound test will make these strikes easier to feel. “The Southern Fishing Report” By Ken Sturdivant 106 Hickory Ridge 770 889 2654 Cumming, Georgia 30040 http://www.havefunfishing.com"
Guest
2011-03-10
Species: Walleye
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 50
"Lake Lanier - Water temperature is 50 degrees and fish are becoming abundant in the shoals and pools upstream of Mud Creek. We are finding about four or five walleye in every little pool and more in the larger pools. I'm sure walleye can be found as far upstream as you can go in a boat. The bigger females have not moved up yet so the peak is still about two weeks away. Anthony Rabern Senior Fisheries Biologist Georgia Department of Natural Resources Lake Burton Hatchery 3695 Highway 197 North Clarkesville, GA 30523 706/947-1507 (office) Anthony.Rabern@dnr.state.ga.us http://www.gofishgeorgia.com/node/939?cat=2"
Guest
2011-03-07
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 53
"“The Southern Fishing Report” By Ken Sturdivant 106 Hickory Ridge 770 889 2654 Cumming, Georgia 30040 http://www.havefunfishing.com March 4, 2011 LAKE LANIER IS DOWN ONE FOOT, THE CREEKS ARE SLIGHTLY STAINED AND THE MAIN LAKE IS CLEAR & 53 DEGREES. Spotted bass fishing is fair and the water temperatures are struggling to get to the mid 50 degree mark. Soon the big spotted bass will move shallow and with the full moon on March 19, expect the water to be warmer and the spots shallow. Pick apart any shallow pockets off the main lake and work half way back in the creeks in the same pockets. We see tons of shallow baits in the clear water in the backs of the creeks and the bass are hungry. All the lakes docks are ready to break loose and the Zoom finesse worms will be big hits all month. Use the 3/16 ounce Spotsticker jig head. We will see a surge of fish mid month head to the shallow humps on the main lake and that is the time for the Mini Me spinnerbait bite to also pick up. All white or the Mini Me baits with the shades of purple and white will work. Run these baits on at least 12 pound test Sufix Siege line. The jerk baits and the trick worms worked in pockets along with the McStick and the Vision 110 worked very slowly on some 10 pound test Sufix Elite line will get some attention. This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of Big Fish On! Guide Service, 404 561 2564. http://www.bigfishonguide.com Striper fishing is fair and the water temperatures are rising into the low to mid 50's. The backs of the creeks are stained due to the recent rains and the threadfin shad have stopped dying. This is all good news for striper fishing. The stripers are starting to move into the backs of the creeks and moving up shallow for bait fish early in the morning, late afternoon and at night. You won't miss much by taking a nap late morning and early afternoon. Striper fishing should continue to improve as the weather warms and the fish start packing on the weight for the spring spawn. Pulling baits shallow on flats and points with a variety of baits both large and medium is your best bet. Put one board right up on the bank with a large bait a couple of feet behind the board. Vary the length on your other boards and free lines from 20 to 70 feet back depending on size of your baits and the depth of the water. Put someone on the front of the boat casting a bucktail the entire time. Pulling umbrella rigs across points will also get you a few fish. You can fish Flat Creek, Balus Creek, Bald Ridge Creek. Up on the north end, fish the area around Holly Park, Little River, Wahoo Cree and the river to Clarks Bridge. You can also take out your Lake Lanier map and look for flats and long tapering points half way back to all the way back in any given creek. This is a great way to learn the lake and discover some ""new"" hot spots. We are getting good night fishing reports on points and flats with Bombers and bucktails with a fluke trailer fished very slowly."
Guest
2011-03-03
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 55
guest 3/2/2011 Just out riding around enjoying the warm weather.
Guest
2011-02-17
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 5
Water Temperature: 44
"went out last night, 8:00pm my partner netted a 29lb stripper. 12lb line using a #12 husky jerk."
Guest
2010-03-06
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
2/27/10. Water temp at Clarks bridge 44. Down from 46.2 on Tuesday.
bgewin
2010-02-13
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 67
"Just went riding around Sunday, 10/1. No fishing, but wanted to note the higher than estimated water temp."
Lake Sidney Lanier Largemouth Bass Rating:
3.5
Lake Sidney Lanier Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- They are hard to find!!

Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Largemouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 38 degrees. If you have a chance to get out on the water, you are going to have to fish deep and slow. Jig fishing and Plastic baits may be your best bet this time of year for largemouth bass. You may also try fishing some sinking jerk baits.
Lake Sidney Lanier Smallmouth Bass Rating:
2.5
Lake Sidney Lanier Smallmouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- There are no smallmouth in Lanier
Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Lake Sidney Lanier Crappie Rating:
3.5
Lake Sidney Lanier Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- fishing around any bridge at dusk or night
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie fishing is sometimes at its best with the water temperature down this low. Crappie will be in large schools and follow the large shad schools around in extremely deep water. Find the deepest parts of your lake in old river channels and scan your graph for schooling shad. When you find the school, drop your plastics or live bait down to the bottom of the shad and get ready. Many crappie fishermen will be catching awesome numbers and size of fish this time of year. If you are brave enough to get out on the water this time when the water temperature is this cold, it can really pay off. Be careful out there, remember to boat safely. Never take any chances at these temperatures.
Lake Sidney Lanier Catfish Rating:
3.5
Lake Sidney Lanier Catfish Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Small catfish can be caught through out the lake. Bigger fish can be caught on the tributaries that feed into the lake. Use dead shad for best results. Find a deep bend in the river and hang on.
Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they aren’t going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Lake Sidney Lanier Spotted Bass Rating:
4
Lake Sidney Lanier Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Caught spotted bass using plastic worms fished slow and on chrome/blue lipless crankbaits fished slow to medium retrieve. Also got bites on shakey head plastic worms too.
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Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature down this low. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a Spotted.
Lake Sidney Lanier White Bass Rating:
3
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White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Lake Sidney Lanier Striped Bass Rating:
4
Lake Sidney Lanier Striped Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Soft jerk baits, shakey head 7in worm, wacky rig 4-5in worms: (colors) ---> black, watermelon and
green pumpkin: thrown/worked around brush, grass lines, ambush areas
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Striped Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

The crescent moon will have better gravitational pull than a gibbous or half moon. However the affects of the moons gravitational will be decreased since the sun and moon aren't pulling in conjunction with one another. It's time to pay close attention to the other fishing factors in the weather to make the best decision for hitting the water.

Sunrise:

08:31 EST

Sunset:

19:07 EST

Moon Phase:


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