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    Remember that Melissa posts these north GA reports on our WRD statewide fishing blog, here.

    You can read nearly all of the past weekly reports by scrolling backward.

    It’s cooled off nicely across north Georgia and that should mean some solid fall fishing patterns in the week ahead. Recent rains have streamflows in very good shape. What a difference a year makes, huh? This time last year, we had no water in our creeks, warm weather, smoky air to breathe or avoid, and scores of distant firefighters flown in to protect our favorite fishing spots, state parks, and even our homes from the flames.
    This week’s cold, wet weather brought zero complaints from the Dredger’s Cleveland household, surrounded on all sides by forest. Let it rain, let it rain!

    Most of us have been away from our office this week, so this opening narrative is short. Let’s get right to the reports.

    · Rabern’s Reservoir Reports

    The mountain lakes in northeast Georgia are known for their trophy spotted bass fishing. During this week of sampling, we collected several spotted bass weighing over 4 lb, like the one pictured from Lake Rabun. Spots are busting herring at the surface in the mornings and can also be found on deeper points in about 25-feet of water during the day.

    Walleye are stocked by DNR into several north Georgia lakes. This week’s sampling in the mountain lakes found that walleyes are bunching up in downed tree tops in about 30-feet of water. Coincidentally, crappie are hanging out in the same structure. Submerged tree tops are easy to find by simply scanning the shoreline for large white pines with broken out tops. My suggestion would be to fish a medium-sized shiner slowly around the submerged branches. If you are lucky, you will come out with a double bonus – crappie and walleye!

    Anthony Rabern
    Senior Fisheries Biologist
    Wildlife Resources Division
    (706) 947-1507

    · DH Streams are Best Bets
    o Hooch:
    Best bets: Paces, Palisades West, and Cochran. Remember the Nov 21 bucket brigade, too. Details in last week’s report.
    o Smith: Landon reports good fishing here on small, bright attractor nymphs. He and the girlfriend would catch a few on a pattern and then the fish would turn their noses at it. When they switched to another flashy pattern, it was, again, game on.
    o Toccoa
    Young “DialDrew” shared this intel in his first fishing report for GAWRD. We sure hope there are plenty more to come!
    The streamer bite on the upper Toccoa was great. The fish have just been stocked so they need something in front of them that says “I can eat it and it looks good”. I fished a black rabbit Zonker with Orange dubbing, but they seemed to favor the olive color more. I was letting it dead drift above me keeping my line almost tight. When it got below me where I thought the fish would be, I started stripping it back with long slow strips, and pauses in between 3-4 sets of strips. In the end it’s always fun to catch fish and just enjoy being on the water!

    Ed note: Dredger will be sharing his fall DH fishing tips with the GA Foothills TU gang in Clarkesville tonite at 630PM.

    · DH Nymphing Tips
    Thanks to for the link:

    · Vogel State Park is Good, too

    · Bluelines

    · Cohutta Results

    · Shoalies
    Dredger snuck out to the upper Hooch on Sunday afternoon for another shot at shoalies. Alas, the water was too cold to wet wade, so he broke down and donned the waders for the first time this fall. After twenty fruitless minutes with a white popper, he admitted surface defeat and went down and dirty with a brown hairy fodder. He only landed three fish, but they were all chunky, hard-fighting 11-12 inchers that put a nice bend in his five-weight Aetos. After a long Saturday on the road to the Buford Fling and a Perry retirement, Sunday’s brief hydrotherapy session was refreshing. And he packed up his poppers til next spring.

    · Lanier Crappie
    Crappie Fishing Report November 8, 2017

    This Lake Lanier Crappie report is from Dan Saknini, member of the Lanier Crappie Angler’s Club. See our club’s website,

    Water temperature is about 67 degrees. As to be expected, you will notice cooler water temperatures the further north you go in the rivers. Fishing is good and getting better. The pattern is simple: submerged stand alone brush piles in fifteen to twenty five feet should be your main targets. The main river channel north of Laurel Park on the Chattahoochee side and the main river channel in the Chestatee are both are producing well. Having said that, don’t overrule Four Mile and Six Mile Creek, staying in fifteen foot or greater depths. We are also noticing that some fish are moving to deeper docks in main river channels. You will notice a slight change in the color of the water as you go further north. This should work to your advantage as crappie prefer slightly stained water. Jiffy Jigs, Bobby Garland, Mr. Crappie and Panfish Assassins have all been working well. If you prefer fishing with live bait, minnows are also working with a number six long shank hook and a slip cork. If you’re not familiar with slip corks, instructions on how to use them will be on the package. Tight lining while trolling is another way to catch crappie on brush, using a jig tipped with minnows ten feet below the surface. This will require ten to twelve foot rods parallel with the water, with up to four rods on each side of the trolling motor. Your line should be vertical while going at a very, very low speed. If your line is angled or horizontal, you are going too fast.

    Enjoy fishing among the fall colors that have finally arrived on the lake. Stay safe on the water and wear your life jacket!

    · Kids Stocking Sturgeon
    Enjoy our latest video on young conservationists in action!

    Good luck this week. Don’t forget to dress warmer and watch those stream temperatures. Afternoon catching will be a bit better as water temperatures rise with the midday sun.

    Jeff Durniak
    North Georgia Region Fisheries Supervisor

    Wildlife Resources Division

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    Time to bundle up and wet a line!

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