Georgia Fishing presents – February 28, 2014
“The Southern Fishing Report”
By Ken Sturdivant
770 889 2654
February 28, 2014
LAKELANIERIS .15 FEET DOWN FROM FULL POOL, THEMAINLAKEIS CLEAR AND THE CREEKS ARE PARTLY STAINED & 49 DEGREES
This Lake Lanier Bass report is from Jimbo Mathley. www.jimboonlanier.com 770 642 7764
Bass fishing is fair. Things have improved over the past week with the warming weather and warming water. Some fish have started to move up into the back of creeks and on secondary points at the mouth of creek arms as well as pockets near the main creek channels. A jig, jerk bait, and crank bait have been the best offerings of late in these areas. Look for the Fish Head Spin bite to come on strong soon as well. Look for the rocky areas in creek that receive all day sun to continue to produce as well. These areas still need to be next to deep water for the most part. The Now is a great time to learn prespawn fishing on Lanier. I have the following dates open next week: March 4, 5, and 7.
This Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of Big Fish On Service 404 561 2564. www.bigfishonguide.com
Striper fishing is good. The Striper fishing is picking up as the lake temperature begins to increase. The fish are beginning to move around in the creeks in search of the warmest water and the greatest concentrations of bait. Points and flats half way back in the creeks to all the way back are your best bets. The fish will eat Herring but they are primarily feeding on smaller Thread Fin shad. Threads or medium minnows on lighter leaders (8 or 10 pound test) and #4 hooks can get you an extra bite when the herring bite slow. Flat lines and planner boards have been the best technique. Use split shots and various distances from the boat on some lines to cover a range of depths. There is also an Umbrella rig bite on points and flats. Try downsizing your umbrella rigs with 1/2 ounce jigs and pull them shallower and slower. We have had some reports of a night bite with Bombers, buck tail jigs and bait fished shallow in the same creeks you are fishing during the day. Flat Creek and Balus Creek have been producing and are good places to start if you do not mind the crowds. If you are not crazy about fishing with crowds there are fish in every creek with bait.
This Lake Lanier Crappie report is from Dan Saknini, President of the Lanier Crappie Angler’s
Club. 404 425 4059
Crappie fishing is good to excellent. Our best technique right now is shooting docks. The fish are moving shallower by the day. Water temperature is still critical to crappie fishing, and sudden changes can slow the bite. By the time this report is read, our water temperature should be in the upper 50 to low 60 degrees. Of course, take this as you would the weather man’s predictions. Target the docks in 15 feet of water or less. With this warm spell, the females are roaming and checking out their spawning areas, but are not ready to spawn yet. They are chasing bait and fattening up. If you happen to be in the right spot, you’ll find that catching them is easy right now. They’ll eat whatever you put in front of them. You may need to move quite often to find them. Remember the females are carrying our future crappie stock, so ESPECIALLY this time of year, keep what you are going eat and practice catch and release. When shooting docks, we can cover 20 or more docks until we hit the jackpot. Some of our club members are catching them in great numbers. Chartreuse is a favorite jig this time of year, whether soft body or hair jig. We’ve been experimenting with many different colors and most are working. If fishing with a partner, each should use a different color. That will help you determine which color is getting the most action on that day in the area being fished, then you can switch to it. Use no more than 1/32 ounce or 1/24 ounce jig head. The fish are suspended 5 to 10 feet in 15 foot bottom. As you start catching them, they tend to shallow up. If you’re not familiar with “shooting docks”, come to the Lanier Crappie Anglers’ club meeting and learn the technique. Always wear a life jacket, and be safe on the water.
Dan Saknini is an avid fisherman and President of the Lanier Crappie Anglers Club. See our club’s website, http://www.lakelaniercrappieanglers.com/
Call Ken Sturdivant about the ON THE WATER SCHOOLS for Sonar or the Rods, Reels and Lures for Bass or a full day STRIPERSSchool. Call 770 889 2654 for details. Send an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
February 28, 2014
WESTPOINTLAKEIS DOWN 4.2FEET, STAINED & 58 DEGREES
Bass fishing is good and there are waves of bass moving to the shallows. Shad are in the creeks and the bass will follow them in big numbers. The best bite through late week was up the river on the crank baits and that will get better with the warm up. Bass are after shad so find the bait and the bass will be close by. Once the bass get into the creeks in full force it’ll be a good opportunity for crank baits, jerk baits and spinnerbaits. Rat L Traps and Shad Raps will be very good patterns. Hit the banks, throwing at any piece of wood you see. Watch the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology to get the most out of every cast. Make accurate casts to maximize your chances for a hookup. Chatter Baits and spinner baits after mid day will draw some strikes. Senko’s in dark colors with little or no weight around any wood can work.
We have GPS Bass fishing locations and a BASSFISHINGWESTPOINTLAKEbook for sale. Ask ken for a sample. This book is $39.00. If you would like a sample, send us an e mail to email@example.com
February 28, 2014
LAKEALLATOONAIS DOWN 10.1 FEET, STAINED & 48 DEGREES
This LakeAllatoonabass fishing report is from Matt Driver, www.proanglerradio.com 404 456 6094
Bass fishing has turned on and it took 18 pounds to win a tournament last week. Fish are schooled up in areas and can be caught suspended in the 8 to 10 foot range and even shallower. Crank baits like the little john DD, scroungers tip with big bite jerk minnow, soft plastic Swim baits like the 3.5 DR color big bite Cain thumper on fished on a 3/16 ounce jig head is the ticket. Look for schools on main lake and secondary points. Lowrance electronics with side imaging will make this a lot easier.
This LakeAllatoonafishing guides report for striper and hybrid has been brought to you exclusively by Robert Eidson of First Bite Guide Service, 770 827 6282
Line side fishing is fair. The shad kill is starting to show signs of slowing down. We believe we will start seeing decent numbers again in the next week .Right now we are targeting the backs of the creeks from Cooper Branch to as far north as Kellogg’s Creek. Gizzard shad and small thread fin shad fished on free lines and planner boards earlier and then again late in the day in the back of the main lake creeks are working. Once the sun comes up the fish are moving out the mouth of the creeks and into the river and Creek channels, and can be caught on down lines and umbrella rigs. We are targeting the secondary points and the mouth of main lake pockets. Once the water warms to 60 degrees we look for these fish to move north to Little River and the Delta to stage for the spawn run. We really believe this is going to be the best spring bite we have seen in years. It’s been a long winter, but spring and great fishing is just weeks away. Call Ken about the Southern Fishing Schools exclusive ON THE WATER SCHOOLS for SONAR or Rods Reels and Lures for Bass. Call for 770 889 2654 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
February 28, 2014
LAKEHARTWELLIS FULL POOL. THEMAINLAKEIS CLEAR AND 51 DEGREES, THE BACKS OF CREEKS ARE SLIGHTLY STAINED AND 57 DEGREES
From Jimbo’s Guide Service onLakeHartwellby guideRickSteckelberg.
Bass fishing is fair but it will take some work this week. There are still fish to be found in the mouths of the creeks and the timber lines on and around main lake features such as points and humps. Many of these fish are still fairly deep. We have been catching these deeper fish on a weedless 1/2 ounce Fish Head Spin in pearl white and albino colors trailed with a matching super fluke Jr. Some fish have also started to move into main lake pockets and ditches and have been very shallow in some cases, especially with the recent warming trend. The old reliable shad rap has started to come into play in some of the creek pockets, as well as a jerk bait, Fish Head Spin, and a jig. The FLW Tour is coming to Hartwell the second week of March. Look for some good weights if this warming trend continues.
Come fish with Rickon LakeHartwelland learn his top secret approaches and strategies that will be used by the pros in next year’s Bass Master Classic. The Classic is coming to Hartwell in February 2015. Contact Jimbo on Lanier at 770 542 7764 to book a trip with Rick. The book BASS FISHING LAKE HARTWELL is available. We have opened this lake up to avid bass anglers with over 100 key bass fishing holes. email@example.com for a sample. See our web site for Rods Reels and Lures for Bass DVD on sale.
February 28, 2014
CLARKS HILL IS DOWN 2.1 FEET, 51 DEGREES & STAINED
Bass fishing is fair. Main lake points near the mouth of the creeks and larger coves is a good place tolook for bass. Crank baits will be bait of choice and the Rapala DT10 and Rapala DT6 along with the RS Shad Raps and Ito Vision 110 jerk baits are catching bass. Some spotted bass are being caught on secondary points on crank baits and Carolinarigs. Lizards are a good choice torig up with here. The Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology will work very well even in 10 feet of water. Anglers can cover 68 feet of bottom at 10 feet deep with the 455 frequency beam. The key will be tothrow in shallow and work the cranks and lizards real slow. Usually the bass are hitting the crank baits on the first couple of turns of the reel handle. Ask for a free sample of the BASS FISHING LAKE CLARKS HILL book. Send a sample request to firstname.lastname@example.org
February 28, 2014
LAKERUSSELLIS FULL, CLEAR & 52 DEGREES
Bass fishing is fair and secondary points seem tobe the pattern. Be sure to get to the backs of the coves that have the highest concentration of bait. Use shallow tomedium diving crank baits on the secondary points lake wide. The best ones to fish will be the ones with rock and sand in combinations. The #5 Shad Raps along with a Rapala DT6 has been the best baits. Some fish are after Chatter Baits in all white with a little chartreuse on the skirt. The bigger bass last week want the small cranks and hit any rip rap. The sun should shine this weekend and the rip rap at the 72 bridge just might be worth checking out with the RS Shad Raps and the DT10′s. Ask Ken for a sample of the BASSFISHINGLAKERUSSELLbook @ email@example.com
February 28, 2014
LAKESEMINOLEIS DOWN ONE FOOT, STAINED & 60 DEGREES
Bass fishing is tremendous. It has been taking phenomenal bags to win most tournaments. The record for a 5 bass limit in a bass tournament was just broken over the weekend with a five bass limit at 38.88 pounds being weighed in during a Media Bass tournament. The fish are in full pre spawn mode now and can be caught very easily on lipless crank baits. Use your Lowrance electronics and mapping to look for areas such as ditches and depressions on main lake flats and throw a Spro Aruku Shad 85 in Mudbug Reg. Use Sunline FX2 Braid in 50 pound braid and a high speed Lews Tournament Speed Spool in 7:1 gear ratio. The heavy 3/4 ounce works best because the grass has died back a lot from all the mud and cold weather. This technique is the best running. Another way to catch some really nice fish is to look for dead hyacinths that have been blown in around weed clumps and islands. Use a 1 1/4 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight, a 5/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Flippin Hook, a 4″ Big Bite Baits Yo Mamma in Hematoma, and heavy braid. Big females will stage up underneath the hyacinths when the sun is out getting ready for the spawn. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. firstname.lastname@example.org
February 28, 2014
LAKE GEORGEIS DOWN 2.1 FEET, 60 DEGREES
Bass fishing is good with a lot of bass coming from fairly shallow water. The central lake area continuestobe the best overall, mainly because of having warmer water than the rest of the lake. But some of the larger fish have come from the colder areas, although the bite is extremely slow. The Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology will work very well even in 10 feet of water. Anglers can cover 68 feet of bottom at 10 feet deep with the 455 frequency beam. Small crank baits and Rat L Traps have accounted for most good catches. Try a #5 Shad Rap or #4 Shad Rap RS in fire tiger, shad, and chrome and blue. Good limits have also come on #306 Rocket Shads, #200 Bandit, Rat L Traps in ¼ and ½ ounce sizes. Most catches are coming from main lake banks and points, and a short distance inside the mouth of coves.
February 28, 2014
LAKEWEISSIS AT 3.20 FEET BELOW FULL POOL AND STAINED AND 47/49 DEGREE’S
By Mark CollinsService www.markcollins service.com 256 779 3387
Now available for sale 50 of my proven GPS waypoints for off shore structure for Bass and Crappie fishing on Weiss Lake, Alabamacontact Ken Sturdivant at email@example.com.
Bass fishing is good and they are being caught 4 to 8 feet deep on the creek channel ledges, humps and points, on spinnerbaits,Alabama rigs andCarolina rigged plastics.
Striper fishing is slow.
Crappie fishing is awesome and they are being caught long line trolling in Little River and Little Spring Creek and a few fish are starting to be caught in the bays up river near River Side Camp Ground. they are being caught trolling with 1/16 and 1/24 ounce Jiffy Jigs in colors JJ01, JJ20,JJ24,JJ25,JJ37 and Marks Special Blue www.jiffyjigs.com, they are also being caught on a float and fly technique in these same area’s. Crappie are also being caught in theChattoogaRiver on a float and fly and tight lining a jig about 8 feet deep. Hurly’s Cove and Little Nose are starting to produce some crappie. This year is going to one of the best ever for Crappie fishing onWeissLake so come to beautifulWeiss Lake,Alabama and get in on some great fishing.
February 28, 2014
Bass fishing has been excellent over the past week. The fish are moving up and starting to stage. We are starting to catch good numbers of fish and a lot of quality as well. Fishing shallow has been best and will continue to get better. Spinnerbaits, shallow crank baits, and jigs seem to be producing the best. A Buckeye Lures 3/8ounce chartreuse and white spinnerbait slow rolled around docks and seawalls near points seem to be producing the bigger bites. When you catch one turn around and fish the area again as these fish are moving up in schools. A Bass Hound flat side crank bait or a Spro Little John MD will catch numbers of fish as they move up on the flat points. Fire tiger or chartreuse colors will work best as the lake remains stained. Once you locate areas with fish on the spinner bait and crank bait, make sure you fish all the docks in that area with a black and blue Buckeye Mop Jig. This is a great way to catch a big fish that you might have missed. Concentrate on the walkways and backsides of docks as the shallow water will warm up quickly. The late afternoon bite is best right now since the shallows have had all day to warm up. Give us a call to book your guide trip so you don’t miss out on the fun.
March will be an incredible fishing month. Make sure to stop by our new boat showroom and see our 2013 and 2014 inventory of Nitro, Tracker, Sun Tracker, Tahoe, and Mako boats. We only have a few 2013 models left. Don’t miss out on some great deals. For more information, go to www.sinclairmarina.com or call 478 451 0167.
February 28, 2014
LAKEOCONEEIS FULL, 58 DEGREES
Bass fishing is fair. The lake is full, stained over most of the lake. Sugar creek and Lick creek are starting to clear. Water temperature is 54 to 58 degrees. Small crank baits with rattles fished on sea walls and around docks. Dark Jigs with a rattle, brown, blue and black have been the best colors. Spinner baits fished along any rock bank will also draw a strike. This is the time of year when cold fronts come in and move the fish back into deeper water. Then as we move away from the fronts the fish will move back toward the banks and rocks. Remember to slow down your retrieve as the water is still cold below the surface.
Striper report by Mark Smith of Reel Time guide service. Call 404 803 0741
Striper fishing is poor. Some fish are starting to show up at the dam for the spring run. Live bait fished on down lines will pick up a few fish. Use small baits like a very small thread fin or a crappie minnow. Most of the stripers being caught are by crappie fisherman.
Crappie fishing is good. The fish are moving into the major creeks. Use a dark jig tipped with a minnow. Spider rigs have been the best producers over the past week. Use your Lowrance to located the depth and location of the schools and adjust your depth to put the jig on top of the fish. Over the next few weeks the largest fish will be moving into the coves and creeks to spawn so now it the time to fill a cooler with big slabs.
Make sure you stop by Sugar Creek Marina and pick up your spoons and all your tackle needs. You can also book your crappie and striper trips with Reel Time Guide Service at 404 803 0741 or firstname.lastname@example.org Learn how to use the Lowrance technology with Ken Sturdivant. Free sonar set up email@example.com
February 28, 2014
JACKSONLAKEIS DOWN 2.9 FEET, STAINED & 58 DEGREES
Bass fishing is fair. Headtothe southern end of the lake around the dam and fish shallow. Use crank baits along the bank and cast them in real tight. The shallow water will clear up first and the bass will head there first. Lipless baits like the Rattlin Raps along with Bandit or Red Eye Shad are a good choices for this kind of water. Loads of vibration along with plenty of noise will be the key this week. Expect the weathertobreak soon and the suntoshine. This will warm the water up some more and move the bass up closertotheir springtime spawning areas.
Ken Sturdivant Lowrance Professional Fishing Staff will be conducting FREE Sonar Seminars at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in LawrencevilleGeorgia. The BASICS OF SONAR seminars are held on the last Saturday of each month at 2pm. All seminars are subject to change without notice.
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