Went out for crappie first time since the snow this past Friday and Saturday. Crappie were on fire. Friday Feb. 12 , I went out with Fred and Larry Schoenfeld. We boated around 190 crappie. Caught em all on jigs at same depths 20-5 ft. The water temps. were still holding at 39-42 that morning warming up to around 44 that afternoon. We are on a full moon so that really makes em bite well.
Saturday I had another charter with long time customer Chris Housley and his son Matt. We had a great day Saturday also. We did’nt catch as many as Friday but still boated around 100 crappie. We landed some nice spotted bass in the 2-3 pound range mixed in with the crappie. We even caught a couple of yellow perch. Saturday I caught a monster crappie that weighed just shy of 3 pounds. Check out the photos of our recent trips on our photo page. Hope to be out this week. We are going to have a nice break in the weather. Excellent crappie fishing will continue on into March. Will report back soon.
Went out on a crappie charter Saturday with some new customers Asif Taufio and his son Sarosh. They had never crappie fished before but wanted to give it a try. We had a slow start taking a few hours for them to get a feel for the subtle bite of a winter crappie strike. Once they got the feel we hammered em boating around 85 crappie. We ended up with 65 keepers. We caught all our fish on Bobby Garland shad bodies. I saw some 48 degree water in areas that had been frozen over several weeks back. These warm days have really warmed the water and are bringing the nice crappie up. Check out the photos of yesterdays catch on my photo page. I will be out later this week and will report back.
Went out Last Saturday Feb. 2 for crappie. The crappie action was still on. That was a beautiful day compared to what we have had lately. The air temps. that day got up into the mid 50′s but water temps are still hanging around 44 to 45 degrees. We ended up with approx. 55 keepers. Lots of nice fish. Still getting em on jigs.
Stripers are still slow. I always struggle to get them feeding when the water temps are this low. You can still get em on urigs if the water temp will get up into the high 40′s. I hope to be out later this week. Will report back when I get back out.
Went out Monday with long time customer Jonathan Carter. Fishing was a little tougher today but we managed to catch around 55 keeper crappie. Jigs produced all the action. The Bobby Garland shad worked well and also caught some on 1/24 oz. chartruese halflies. The depths of the crappie are still the same at 5-25 ft. depths. I experienced something I had never done in my 28 years of guiding
on Lake Lanier. I have been catching crappie pretty good in some areas way up the Chestatee River but could’nt reach those areas on my Saturday’s charter due to the lake being frozen all the way across. We decided to go up and check those areas today. When we got to that area there was still a thin sheet of ice maybe a 1/4 inch thick in that area. We managed to idle through breaking the ice for about three hundred yards to reach the location. We cracked a hole in the ice and caught around a dozen good crappie through the ice. That was a first for me. Never to cold to catch some slabs. Check out the photos of that day on my photo page.
Went on a crappie charter with Randy and Christy Reddish. We learned it’s never too cold to catch crappie. Water temps ranged that day anywhere from 38-44 degrees. We ended up that day with around 90 crappie with 77 keepers. We caught em all on jigs at 20-5 ft. depths. We headed up the Chestatee that day to fish some areas I caught them in the week prior but could’nt get there due to the river being frozen all the way across. I have not seen Lake Lanier feeze like this many times in my day’s on Lanier. Had a great day with a bucket of good eating fish. Nothing like a mess of fried cold water crappie out of Lanier. Check out the photos of that day’s trip on my photo page.
Cooler Full of Crappie
Two nice Slabs
Crappie fishing is on fire.I booked a last minute crappie trip today and what a good day to be on the water. Me and one client boated over 100 in about 6 hrs.We are right on a full moon and they are really active.We got them all on jigs fishing 5-15 ft. deep. Action will be good on into February. Don’t miss out. We are running a January special on crappie trips too. Give us a call. Check out the recent photos on our photos page.
Went to Lake Hartwell today to fish for crappie. We usually catch some nice fish there this time of year. When we launched the boat the water temps were in the high 40′s which is fine for crappie. This time of year the sunshine is the key to making the fish turn on which we did’nt have Saturday. The air temp got no warmer than around 38 degrees with cloud cover all day. We did manage to catch around 60 crappie with a few pushing 2 pounds. Lake Hartwell has some huge white crappie which I have never seen here on Lake Lanier. The white crappie out of Hartwell are some real whoppers. Small jigs on 4 lb. test produced all our fish. No minnows. To cold to stick your hand in a minnow bucket. Check out the photos on my photo gallery.
Went out today with Jon Whimpy from J.W. Trucks on crappie fishing trip. We got out on the lake around 10:30 and crappie fished until around 3:30. Crappie bit well when we first got on the lake but slowed down that afternoon. Probably was due to the front coming in. The temperature dropped quite a bit and barometer shot up. We ended up with around 50 good slabs. Later in the afternoon we chased stripers for a while with urigs. Saw lots of fish mixed in bait schools in the backs of the creeks but only hooked up on two stripers. The urig action should continue to be the way to hook up on stripers now as the water temps have dropped in the low 50′s. Will be out tomorrow and will report backs soon.
We boated around 50 nice fish on chartuese and shad colored jigs. Later in the day the front came through and slowed them down a bit. We got the urigs out for the stripers and trolled for a few hours. We had two good fish hit our urigs but came unhooked before we got em to the boat. Saw lots of stripers in the creeks where we located good bait schools. I think we hit the stripers a little late also. The front slowed them down a little also. Talked to one buddy on the lake that said he caught a few casting alabama rigs.
Striper fishing has been good this week but patterns have changed a bit. I was on the lake last Thursday and saw tons of stripers feeding on small threadfins. Birds diving, fish busting but very hard to catch. I was in huge schools of stripers but the downroding with trout produced 2 fish out of that area. I saw a couple of fisherman catch a few on planner boards but the fish were keyed in on the small bait and very finicky. The next day I got out my urigs and smacked em pretty good. We caught 8 stripers on the urigs and lost several others. The urig fish were fairly nice fish in the 8-14 pound range. We had one double hook up with two 8 pounders. I think urig time has started. When water temps get down into the low 50′s that is usually the time to get urigs out and start trolling. I will be out Monday and will report back soon.
Went out today with customer Chris Davis from Whitecap Construction.It was a beautiful December day today. We finally got a nice break in the weather. The air temps got uo to around 58 which warmed the water up to around 55. We launched the boat at Balus creek around noon and headed south. We saw lots of bird working schools of stripers. We did’t have much action till around 3:00 p.m. During winter months stripers tend to feed best in the afternoon when water temps creek uo a degree or two. We ended up with 5 fat stripers with the largest around 17 pounds. We had several other good fish break us off in the timber, All our fish hit live medium trout around 30-35 ft. deep. One of my customers was jigging a 1/2 ounce flexit spoon and caught lots of spotted bass while we had out baits out. He also got some nice yellow pearch mixed in with the stripers. Striper fishing should get even better this week as we get on the back side of this full moon. I will be back on the lake tomorrow and will report back soon