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  • Dredger's Weekly Report - Trout Elves!

    It’s been a busy morning, so forgive the brevity of today’s report. Some of us have just gotten back here to the office after an early morning detail to May-retta.

    Our seasonal Santa watch has begun across north Georgia. GADNR Law Enforcement Division and National Park Service rangers reported no sightings of Saint Nick yet, but they did observe significant activity among his elves. DNR game warden Brooks Varnell and his furry associate warden, Taz,
    https://www.facebook.com/gadnrle/pho...32228546929342tracked tracked down an elf mass at the Paces Mill boat ramp this morning. Rangers spotted other elf platoons across north Georgia this week, with gatherings focused on the Delayed Harvest streams. Inquiring minds wanna know what’s up?
    Hint: http://georgiawildlife.com/Trout

    Other News:

    · The Gwinnett Braves are now….
    http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/loc...3f7dda969.html

    · Winter Dress Success
    https://www.fieldandstream.com/artic...-frigid-waters

    · Dukes Reports
    Last Saturday Dredger waited til 2Pm for the White County roads to clear and then tried to cure his cabin fever with a quick trip to Smith. Alas, Highway 356 was still shut down, but he hung a left onto Hwy 75A, detoured to Smithgall, and grabbed a Dukes opening. He hooked a total of nine inches of fish and landed three inches’ worth (a baby rainbow) on the snow-lined stream. While his catching was pitiful, two experienced Euro-nymphers who arrived earlier put a licking on the fish. Dredge even watched Youth Fly Fishing Teamer Ricky pose for a pic with a big brown. Time to dust off the Euro rod and fly box, Dredge!

    More on Euro here:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5ccltjQ-H1Q

    · New Georgian Rob M of Fort Benning ventured north last Sunday for an inaugural trip to Smith DH. He got a few quick lessons on drag-free drifting from a random Rabunite and then was “released” to catch a nice handful of brookies and rainbows on his egg/prince combo. He gripped and grinned and vowed to return to north Georgia soon.

    · Lanier Crappie
    Lake Lanier Crappie Fishing Report December 14, 2017

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

    Water temperatures are warmer than I would have predicted. On the south side of the lake, today’s water temperature ranged up to 56.5 degrees. On the northern side of the lake, both the Chestatee and the Chattahoochee had water temps of 53 degrees th further north you go. These water temps are ideal for crappie fishing. The wind has been our worst enemy the last few days, making it difficult to position your boat and place your jig in the perfect spot. Having said that, if you get a chance to fish on a day with less wind, the bite is definitely on! The more areas you cover, the better quality of fish you will put in the boat. Crappie relate to structure, and you can catch them at 20 foot depths or shallower right now, concentrating on submerged brush piles – especially those close to docks. If you start catching small striped bass (5”-6” lengths), my advice is to leave the area, as they will make the spot a waste of time. In addition, we should give them a chance to survive. A helpful tip this time of year: you will notice your line tend to coil up. Change it as often as you can, as it will save you from having to untangle it on the water. I don’t have the authority on live bait fishing, but the people that do, are reporting good catches. So dress in layers, load up your gear and get out and fish!

    Stay safe on the water and wear your life jacket!

    · Lanier Bass
    Water Temp - 53 degrees
    Water Level - 5.5 feet below full pool

    This report brought to you by: Jimbo Mathley - Jimbo on Lanier www.jimboonlanier.com

    Well, we got some changes, that is for sure. Hello Winter! With the recent snow and cold weather, the lake temperature has dropped to 53 degrees. The lake level has held fairly steady, even with all the precipitation. The water is starting to look better in most areas, but it is still cloudy in some areas and still showing signs of turnover. 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 shallower pockets adjacent to the deeper ditches I have been referencing in the recent reports. No surprise - the spoon bite has once again been very good over the last week. We are finding spoon fish out in 50-60 ft at the mouths of ditches, as well as further back in some cases at different times of the day. Some days they are relating to the bottom near timber, and some days they are in more clean, flat bottom type areas. Some days they are more up in the water column and easier to spot. When they are down in the timber, rely on your Lowrance 3D Structure Scan to discern the presence of fish. You may not see them well until you hook one, then your display will explode with activity. The spoon bite has definitely been our dominant pattern this past 4 weeks and seems to be consistent every day in terms of its presence. The depth the fish are holding and their relevant activity levels vary day to day. 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, now is a great time to do so! I also look for the ditch bite to be here after the cold front passes - more to come on this one. Here is a list of my upcoming open dates in December: 27, 28, 30, 31. Give me a call and let's get out and have some fun! Thanks to all and May God Bless.



    Jim "JIMBO" Mathley
    Spotted Bass Fishing Guide - Lake Lanier
    Mobile - 770-542-7764
    www.jimboonlanier.com

    · Ken’s Reservoir Reports
    https://www.southernfishing.com/curr...ng-report.html



    Good luck this week. Dress warmly and tie on your flies or lures in a warm house, before you go. Be careful on the highways as you dodge slick spots on your way to mountain streams. And watch out for the trout elves!

    Jeff Durniak
    North Georgia Region Fisheries Supervisor

    Wildlife Resources Division

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    Repeating, for the Hard of Seeing

    Our seasonal Santa watch has begun across north Georgia. GADNR Law Enforcement Division and National Park Service rangers reported no sightings of Saint Nick yet, but they did observe significant activity among his elves. DNR game warden Brooks Varnell and his furry associate warden, Taz,
    https://www.facebook.com/gadnrle/pho...32228546929342tracked tracked down an elf mass at the Paces Mill boat ramp this morning. Rangers spotted other elf platoons across north Georgia this week, with gatherings focused on the Delayed Harvest streams. Inquiring minds wanna know what’s up?
    Hint: http://georgiawildlife.com/Trout

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

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