writing the main report on Lake Lanier itself because thatís his
neck of the woods. What I can tell you is that Greg of Lanier
Striper Guide Service and Rick of Chattahoochee Tailwater Guide
Service both who are advertisers and quite nice gentlemen belong
to the South Lake Lanier Striper Club. Rick says the striper
fishing on the lake has been pretty good. August is here and that
means the dog days of summer are here so now is a good time to
head to Lake Lanier. The lake is 1.5 feet above full pool and the
water clarity is clear. The spotted bass have migrated into their
summer pattern and holding areas. The top water bite for spotted
bass is in full swing and the best time for this action is during
the middle of the day under sunny skies. So start sharpening the
hooks on your Sammyís and Spookís and hit the main lake humps and
long points from Vanís Tavern, south. You can still catch spots
early in the morning and late in the afternoon and they are
hitting Flukes in the pearl color.
largemouth are suspended under docks and are holding very close to
the banks. They can be caught early in the morning and late in the
afternoon throwing buzz baits along any wooded structure and
dropping a Texas rigged Zoom trick worm should do the trick!
fishing is fair and the best place to find these fish are at
night. Fishing around lighted docks, around bridges and fishing
under lanterns will be your best bet with live minnows.
Now if youíre
like a lot of folks I know who love to go after some nice trout,
North Georgia has plenty of trout fishing action to offer. Now
between the state and federal government fish hatcheries, there
are plenty of stocked fish. You also may catch some holdovers and
some native fish as well. The scenic Chattahoochee tailwaters
below the Buford Dam holds all kinds of trout including some
trophy size monsters. You trout folks know what I mean when I say
monsters. They are the ones that make the drag on your reel start
singing! Now if you wanna experience some great trout fishing
with some guys that really know how itís done, then you need to
call 678-455-5258 and book a trip with the Chattahoochee Tailwater
Guide Service. Ricky tells me unfortunately with the recent rains
the Chattahoochee tailwaters were very difficult to fish due to
the constant release of water from the Buford Dam. However, all
is not lost. They have some other spots they go including the
Hiawassee River in Tennessee. The last time they were up there
they caught 112 fish in two float trips.
information on the Chattahoochee Tailwater Guide Service you can
While you are
up this way swing by Davis Trailer Sales and let Phil Davis hook
you up with one of his many trailers. Phil Davis can custom build
you any trailer you would like to suit any need you have. He can
build you a trailer for your 4-wheelers, boat or just a trailer
for hauling. Phil does quality work and his trailers are very
durable and dependable so give Phil a call today at 770-354-5028
or swing by and check him out at the corner of Gaines Ferry and
I donít know
of any better person to take you out striper fishing than Greg
Robinson of Lanier Striper Guide Service. Whether Greg is fishing
in a tournament or taking someone out for a full or half day trip,
he knows how to find fish and Iím not talking about bait size
either. To go out with Greg on his Fishmaster 23 ft. center
console with 225 hp Suzuki motor, you had better call today at
770-962-5998 or 678-462-2161.
When Iím way
up in North Georgia the place I go and recommend you go is Larmon
Outdoors on Cleveland Hwy. in Dalton, Georgia. Larmon Outdoors
has a great selection of trout fishing lures and baits, also bass
fishing gear, firearms, ammo, outdoor clothing, knives, tree
stands, rods and reels Ė all kinds of stuff. The last time I was
up there they were having a great sale on camo clothing and
boots. Check out the picture of Brittany Larmon with that big
striper! For more information and directions call 706-226-3108.
During the dog days of summer when the heat and smog of the city
has got you thinking about sitting in your house or wearing an
oxygen mask, go up to the North Georgia mountains for a day or so
where the air is a little cooler and a whole lot better to
breathe. There are miles and miles of dirt roads and trails to
explore up there. The main dirt roads are not too bad but if you
want to explore some of those side trails, you may want to make
sure your 4 wheel drive vehicle is up to the job. The best place
I know to get repairs on your 4 wheel drive or off road system is
Ryleeís 4 Wheel Drive on Rockbridge Road in Conyers, Georgia.
Ryleeís is the differential specialist. You may not need
repairs. You may just want to get your vehicle customized by
putting on a lift kit or changing your gears for more power.
Whatever you need done to make you king of the mountain or pull
the king up the mountain, Ryleeís is the place to go. Tell Milt I
sent ya! For more information or directions call 770-929-0986.
prefer to do their fishing from a boat out on the lake. With all
the ups and downs in water level in some of the lakes around here,
damaging your propeller is not that hard to do, but not to worry.
The folks at Georgia Precision Propeller can fix you right up.
They also do customizing, pitch changing, cupping lower unit
repair, etc. They work on all major brands, stern drive, inboard,
outboard, whatever you have they can more than likely fix you up!
They are located in Buford and have many pick up and drop off
locations in Georgia and across the border. For more information
call either 770-945-1961 or tell free 1-800-831-7767 or log onto
www.gaprop.com. Whether you like fishing from the boat
or the bank, youíre not going to have a very good day if your
reels are not working properly. I recommend you get them repaired
or cleaned, lubricated and adjusted by Paul F. Bennett, The Reel
Mechanic. Paul works on all kinds of reels and has a good turn
around time. Heíll have you back on the water with your reels in
no time. The Reel Mechanic is located in Oxford, Georgia and has
several pick up and drop off locations including mail order
service. For more information on The Reel Mechanic call
770-787-5305 or log onto
www.Thereelmechanic.com. Iíd like to welcome Lake
Lanier Big Fish Professional Guides Service to the Georgia Fish
and Game Finder Magazine. Mark Beverly, Lake Lanier Big Fish
owner, spirited experienced fisherman and guide has over 20 years
experience fishing Lake Lanier and over 15 years as a full-time
professional guide. Heís completed over ten years on the B.A.S.S.
and U.S. Tournament trails. Lake Lanier Big Fish guide services
operate 12 months a year due to the great year-round fishing the
lake has to offer. Mark offers guided trips for Striped Bass,
Spotted Bass and Crappie on Lake Lanier. He offers great rates and
even corporate trips and has done so for corporations like Coke,
UPS, and Panasonic, just to name a few. No party is too big or too
small so, take the time to give Mark a call today at 404-358-5733
or look him up on the web at
www.Lakelanierbigfish.com and schedule your next
fishing trip with him. Mark wonít let you down and heíll show you
how to get into the Big Fish at Lanier.
doing a little trout fishing myself. Last month I took several
trips up into the Chattahoochee National Forest near the Blue
Ridge area and my partners and I did quite well. My grandson Cody
went with me on one trip and we caught some nice rainbows (see
photo of Cody with fish). We usually bring some kind of dough
bait and 1/16 oz. rooster tails or panther martins. I have
recently been doing a little test or experiment with some of the
dough baits. In the experiment Iíve been using Berkley power
trout bait, Berkley power bait trout turbo 42% stronger, Crave
from Crave fishing research and Exude Erupt from Mister Twister.
Iíve got a little more testing to do so Iím not going to give any
results yet, but Iíll definitely let you know what I come up with.
Until next time, enjoy the rest of your summer, follow the rules
and stay safe.