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  • Dredger's Weekly Report - Last Call For Fall

    Anyone watching north Georgia’s long range weather reports
    is expecting winter’s arrival next week, so they will plan some fishing trips ASAP to take advantage of our lingering mild weather and warmer-than-normal water temperatures. Best bets this weekend include deep reservoir bass, scattered stripers and hybrids under their strike indicators (gulls and loons), and especially trout in the larger, slightly warmer streams and tailwaters. Since we’re really in a short-term drought in the mountains, trouters should take advantage of the wading opportunities in our bigger waters like the Chattooga and Toccoa.
    Afternoons are a better bet than mornings, since PM water temps approach fifty degrees, while those morning lows hover around forty and the fish simply don’t have much of an appetite. Bluelines are pretty well frozen, and those little wild trout are now dug in under rocks and not very cooperative.
    Winter rains will make these big trout rivers much more difficult to wade-fish, so get to them while they’re down. Here we go:

    · Ken’s Reservoir Reports
    The Southern Fishing Report
    106 Hickory Ridge
    770 889 2654
    Cumming Georgia 30040

    December 1, 2017


    This report brought to you by: Jimbo Mathley Jimbo on Lanier

    The lake conditions have remained much the same since my last report. The surface temp has dropped by 1 degree and the lake has dropped .1 feet. The areas around Browns Bridge and above are continuing to show signs of turnover. The lower lake from about 6 mile north looks like it is starting to turn as well. The areas down around Bald Ridge Creek and Shoal Creek still look mostly clear in the main body and in the main river channels, however the creek arms are starting to show some stain. The fish are still spread out both in the mouths of the creeks and further back in as well. The schooling bite is minimal but still present in the backs of creek pockets around daylight and again in the afternoon. Try a jerk bait or a Sebile on the schooling fish. If the fish do school and are chasing smaller bait fish, or you are having a hard time getting the fish to commit to swimbait or jerk bait offerings, try a spy bait. Count it down and work it slowly. A Picasso ShakeDown Head with a finesse worm and a Chattahoochee jig are still good for some bites on clay and rock points as well as in the brush the spoon bite has again been very good over the last week. We are finding spoon fish out in 30 45 ft. at the mouths of ditches, as well as further back in some cases. The spoon bite has definitely been our dominant pattern this past 2 weeks and seems to be consistent every day in terms of its presence. The bite is always there, but some days it is better than others that's just fishing. If you want to learn the deep bite with a spoon, now is the time! Here is a list of my upcoming open dates in December: 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

    This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Big Fish On guide Service. To book your guide trip call Captain Ken at 404 561 2564 or contact us on our web site.

    Striper fishing is fair. Every day is a new day. One day you can find and catch fish and the next day the fish seemed to have disappeared and when you do find a few fish they will not bite. One day they only want small baits and the next day Herring is the ticket. We have been taking a variety of baits including medium shiners, blueback herring, medium gizzard shad and a few Trout. We are relying on our Lowrance HDS and the Sea Gulls to find the fish and this is when the Lowrance Structure Scan can pay huge dividends. If you are having trouble finding the fish pull a combination of free lines, planner boards and down rods in areas with a high concentration of bait fish. In addition, keep someone on the front deck casting a buck tail jig as you pull baits. Use split shots on the free lines and vary the distance behind the boat and planner boards to cover a wide area both horizontally and vertically in the water column. Vary the speed on your trolling motor from .7 to 1.0 MPH. The Sea Gulls can be used to locate feeding Stripers. The key is to keep your eyes on the water looking for Gulls feeding on bait fish pushed to the surface by feeding Stripers. Once you find schooling fish the Buck tail jig with a small fluke trailer and the Sebile Magic Swimmer have been the “go to bait”. Always deploy a free line Herring when you are casting for schooling fish. Look for the lake water temperature to continue to drop as the weather forecast is calling for a cold front with much colder temperatures this week. The water temperature is currently in the low 60’s. The water is lightly stained in the creeks and clear on the main lake. The lake is 5.49 feet below full pool. To book your guide trip call us at 404 561 2564 or contact us on our web site.

    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 in the upper 50’s and is dropping slowly. Some creeks have a slight stain and since we’ve not had rain lately, these areas can be a degree or two warmer. If you notice bait in these areas, there are most likely crappie clinging to the brush piles. Some schools of crappie are moving to more shallow brush piles, in the 10 foot depth range. Don’t confuse stand alone brush piles with blow downs, as that is more of a spring pattern. Some of the bigger fish are moving to docks in the middle to backs of creeks, and they are eager to bite. We’ve been using a variety of jigs, both soft body and hair jigs, in 1/24 and 1/16 ounce. Our conclusion is that the color does not matter right now. The bite should continue to be strong. There is plenty of bait out there, and the fish are still feeding on small threadfins, so pay attention to the bait in the creeks you are fishing. Live bait instead of jigs should also work well. If you like long line trolling, this is the time of the year that should produce. The backs of the creeks are ideal areas for that method, using your trolling motor at higher or variable speeds. Look for flat bottoms in those areas. Double up on the curly tail jigs with two per rod, each with 1/16 ounce jig heads. Use the short rods in the back of the boat and longer rods toward the front, with two foot differences in length. Your jigs should be running at about eight to ten feet below the surface. If you like to fish with live bait, a slip cork is a must if the fish are at eight to fifteen foot depths. Otherwise, a Carolina rig and egg sinkers with swivels on each side using the down line method with crappie minnows should also work.

    Stay safe on the water and wear your life jacket!


    This Lake Allatoona Bass fishing report is by Tournament angler Matt Driver.

    Bass fishing is fair to good. This month bass are moving out deeper and continuing to follow migrating shad patterns. Look for the Lowrance to show the suspended bass. The Float n Fly and jerk bait bites are getting good. As water temps drop into the low 50’s and sometimes into the high 40’s by the end of the month, fish activity tends to slow, but the bite is still good. We target main lake bluff walls and secondary points near channel swings. This time of year, the bite can be hit or miss, especially after a strong cold front where we have bluebird’s skies. Many times when the bite gets tough rely on the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology along with the world’s best sonar and fish a drop shot. We use 6 pound test Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon with a 3/16 or ½ ounce weight with a Gamakatsu drop shot hook and a Big Bite Limit Maker in silver and blue. The bite can be light, so be on guard. Fish from Stamp Creek north to Little River.

    This Lake Allatoona Fishing Guides Report has been brought to you exclusively by Robert Eidson of First Bite Guide Service, 770 827 6282. Lake Allatoona, Georgia email

    Line side fishing is good and getting better. The fall bite is starting to heat up. The north end of the lake is still producing some nice stripers, along with good numbers of white bass. The bigger stripers are eating gizzard shad fished on planer boards and free lines right at sunup and again at sundown. Look for these fish from Little River up to Fields Landing and as far south as Kellogg’s. The hybrids and white bass are really starting to school and blowing up all over the lake right now. We have seen some big schools breaking the surface from the dam to the S turns. These busting fish will eat almost anything you throw at them. When these fish go down, they will still bite threadfins and small gizzards fished on downlines, as well as spoons. Bait is starting to get really hard to net, so be sure to take some with you. Striper Soup has plenty of fresh shad of all sizes in stock. The seagulls are starting to show up and will make finding the fish a little easier for us over the upcoming holiday break. Remember, Allatoona has very few loons. If you see birds diving on Allatoona, this normally means there are lineside nearby. If you troll, keep pulling your Mack Farr u rigs 60 to 120 feet behind the boat at speeds between 2.4 3.1 mph.


    This bass fishing report is by Josh Panyard

    Bass fishing is fair. Water Level is down 7.34 feet below full pool. As the turnover continues areas of the lake are starting to have that brownish color to them. The water continues to cool with the cold nights and early mornings. With the turnover going on the better oxygen is in the shallower areas so we continue to fish the major creek arms in the Tugaloo. The key is always the bait when we found it we fished those areas with moving baits which include a buzz bait and a crank bait. Some of the creek arm areas have stained water so they are keeping a good bit of fish shallower throughout the entire day. If you move from area to area consistently you can find numbers of fish but if you slow down the numbers won't be there. Also look for shallow brush it has been holding lots of bait and crappie and when we find this we have been finding bass in those areas as well using a jig to catch them. Out on the main lake fish have been anywhere from 25 to 45 feet the baits we have been throwing have been a underspin, small swim bait, jig, drop shot, and shakey head. You will want to cover as much water as you can so keep the trolling motor on high hit the high percentage structure and cover and keep moving in the Tugaloo River. On the main lake same deal keep moving if you don't get bit within the first 10 minutes pull up the trolling motor and move to the next spot. The lake is still low and there are a lot of objects sticking up out of the water and not marked so be safe out there and we hope to see you on the water.

    If you want to see some of the fish we have been catching follow me on my Facebook fishing page at Panyard Fishing


    Now available for sale 50 of my proven GPS waypoints for off shore structure for Bass and Crappie fishing on Weiss Lake, Alabama, contact Ken Sturdivant at
    Bass fishing is good and a lot of fish are still shallow, in the bays and coves following the shad, Rat L Traps, shallow running crank baits and spinner baits are catching fish. The Spotted Bass are biting great in the upper Coosa River near Riverside Campground, and in the upper parts of Little River and the Chattooga River. Some fish are starting to move to a deeper winter pattern,

    Crappie fishing is good and they are biting well on the main Coosa River channel ledges in 12 to 18 feet of water. They can be caught Spider rigging with live minnows, over structure. Some fish are starting to suspend and can be caught on a Float and fly and long line trolling with jigs. Tabs cove and Little River is producing fish long line trolling.

    Striper fishing is poor and a few are being caught in the Coosa River near Riverside camp ground.

    · More Lanier Bass Reports and Tips

    · Delayed Harvest Trout Reports
    “Legs and eggs” is just about Dredger’s favorite winter recipe for DH trouting success. The attached photo shows that hot tandem in action. More winter trouting tips here,
    and the latest fishing reports and some good, old videos follow:
    o Hooch
    o Toccoa
    o Tooga
    o Ami

    o Smith

    · Dukes

    · Upper Reaches of Unnamed Border River

    Jeff, Leon,

    First off, happy Thanksgiving. Can't even begin to say how grateful I am to you both for your advice, tips, tricks, etc over the last year. Second, today I finally carved out an hour or so to fish IDBIS. I hiked in about 2+/- miles and started fishing. Immediately got a brown, on the dry! Then some pretty bows, then the attached brown that just made my day.

    Cheers for a great holiday with loads of food and good times!

    · Upper Hooch Tailwater

    · Chilly Bluelines – the Slowdown
    It’s all about water temps, folks!

    · Holiday Road Trip Results

    What sort of egg is your favorite? Can you share details?
    Just getting home from Louisiana visiting family and wetting a line in the marshes (see pic):
    - Pescador

    · Boatload of December Fishing Tips by Top Georgia Guides

    · The Considerate Community of Georgia Anglers

    · Holiday Gift Idea

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    NEW! Youth License
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    Gifts That Keeps On Giving …
    The Wildlife Resources Division uses hunting and fishing license sales to fulfill its wildlife mission. The sale of paid licenses is a key measure through which states receive Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funding.

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    Go right now to capture this last good dose of warm fall weather. Before you know it, you’ll be dressed like an Eskimo and dragged mall-to-mall to knock out your holiday gift lists. Of course, take a little time out tomorrow for the SEC championship, but plan a trip around that event if you can. And if you’re not a Dawg or War Eagle fan, realize that you’ll have a lot of water all to yourself tomorrow afternoon! Good luck and, as always, thanks for buying your fishing licenses and TU brookie license plates.

    Jeff Durniak
    North Georgia Region Fisheries Supervisor

    Wildlife Resources Division

    Want to Help Ease DNR's Budget Woes? Buy a TU license Plate!