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Join Date: Feb 1999
Location: Dacula, GA
Dredger's Weekend Tips
It's been a busy week. Here's a quick report.
* Father's Day
Don't forget. Last minute gift ideas: lifetime memories via a0 a gift card to tackle shop or b) a gift certificate for a guided fishing trip to a Georgia lake, river, or stream.
* Walleye Tips and Photos
* More Teeth - and Lips
* Summer Kids Camps at State Parks
* Kids Fishing Event
If you're on the west side, remember this one on Saturday:
* Stocker Best Bets
Trouters ought to toss their nightcrawlers and powerbait toward:
Hooch at Buford Dam, Toccoa below Blue Ridge dam (check dam generation schedules and be safe on both tailwaters), Hooch on WMA, Panther, Rock, Tallulah, Warwoman, and West Fork Chattooga. Fish early rather than late to beat the heat and get more bites.
*Ken's Reservoir Reports
“The Southern Fishing Report”
By Ken Sturdivant
106 Hickory Ridge
770 889 2654
Cumming, Georgia 30040
June 14, 2012
LAKE LANIER IS DOWN 6.23 FEET, THE CREEKS AND MAIN LAKE ARE CLEAR & 79 DEGREES.
This Lake Lanier Bass report is from Jim Mathley, Jimbo's Lake Lanier Service. <tel:770-542-7764> 770 542 7764
Spotted bass fishing is excellent. As we have been for weeks, we have continued to run our post spawn pattern and have continued to see great results in terms of size and numbers. My customers have caught some very big stringers over the past week on top water. The active fish can be found relating to the summer brush in 15 to 25 feet of water on points and humps, both on the main lake and in major creek mouths on most days. We have been using walking top waters such as the Zara Spook or Gunfish as well as a fluke to catch most of our fish. It is just hard to beat top water action, and on my trips we have been chasing this bite all day long. My customers have a blast seeing the huge surface explosions when these fish hit.
spots are coming up in large wolf packs and fighting over our top water baits. We have experienced several doubles over the past week (and one
triple!) where both of my customers in the boat hook up at one time as well as some doubles of 2 fish on the same lure. The swim bait bite continues to pick up and we are getting several good fish each day on a variety of swim baits. The Sebile, the Farley swim bait, and the Bull Shad have been productive for some good fish on most days. As usual, we are using the baits with a Daniel Truit custom paint job. A Fish Head Spin, a drop shot Wackem worm in LJ's Passion color and a green pumpkin Wackem worm on a Davis Shaky head have also worked well when the fish refuse to come up. Allow me to reinforce, however, that we rarely if ever have to go to these baits to catch fish. If you stay with the run and gun approach you will catch top water fish. Also, we have found the spotted bass schooling in the mornings and focusing on smaller bait fish. Downsize your presentations to catch these fish. Once you have found a brush pile holding fish and you have brought them up with your top water lures and can't get another bite, leave the area and return in an hour or so and you should be able to pull those active fish up from the pile once again. Once you have found 5 or 6 active piles, you can just rotate those areas.
This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of Big Fish On! Service, 404 561 2564.
Striper fishing is good. The fish continue move and are a challenge to find.
There does not seem to be a pattern in terms of location. They are on points, humps, flats and pockets but you seldom find them in the same place two days in a row. The only consistency is the fish are shallow and you should focus on less than 40 foot bottoms and areas where there is a lot of bait. Do not put your free lines up. This week we caught more fish on weighted free lines 65 to 100 feet back than down rods. However, that will not last long. The umbrella rig bite has picked up and we are using a 4 arm
3 ounce rig with nine 1 ounce Captain Mack buck tail jigs with 4 inch white and chartreuse shad bodies. Pull between 3.3 and 3.8 mph with rigs 70 to 100 feet behind the boat depending on target depth. The north end of the Lake continues to be the most productive. Start at Browns Bridge and work your way north.
LAKE ALLATOONA IS FULL, CLEAR AND 79 DEGREES
This Lake Allatoona Bass fishing report is from Matt Driver 404 456
Bass fishing is fair and the bass have moved to a summer pattern already.
You can catch them on top early. Fish are moved out to summer areas, mostly main lake stuff, and a lot are suspended 15 to 25 feet down over 30 to
feet of water. In the mornings we are running shaded banks for the top water bite. Use the walking type top water like a Spro Dawg or Zara Spook, and he mentioned that sometimes later in the morning on the shade pattern a bigger Hydro Pop works well. Later in the month, the best bite is going to be at night. Use the dark crank baits that run 12 to 18 feet deep like a Spro Little John DD crank brush and rock near channel swings. Make really long casts, and keep it in that 15 to 18 foot range as long as you can. The fish will move up shallow for short periods of time at night, and you can catch them on a Colorado blade spinnerbait. We use blue and black. Also, fishing the bluff walls with drop shots is a good pattern for numbers, night or day.
This Lake Allatoona fishing guides report is bought to you by Robert Eidson of First Bite Guide Service. <http://www.firstbiteguideservice.com/>
www.firstbiteguideservice.com <tel:770%20827-6282> 770 827 6282.
Line side fishing is excellent and the bite is super incredibly hot on the north end of the lake for huge numbers of hybrids. It’s a summer bite that has already set up and we are using nothing but down lines. There are massive schools of hybrids stacked up right at the mouth of Little River, and they are covering the whole area to the mouth of Gar Bay. The fish are in 28 to 37 feet of water and they are sitting near the bottom. Drop a threadfin or a shiner all the way to the bottom, and give it a half crank up. This early bite has put more than 30 fish in the boat in just a few hours on recent trips. In the evening, there are white bass mixed in with very small hybrids and stripers schooling on the surface from Little River to Fields Landing and then from Victoria to Harbortown. You can catch 100’s of them with a Tiny Fluke or a Rooster Tail on 6 pound test. Downgrade to ultra light gear and it’s a ball. For bigger fish, the stripers have moved south to the main lake humps and points from Stamp Creek to Bethany Bridge and from Iron Hill to Clark Creek on the Allatoona arm. Keep an eye on your electronics. They’ll be in 28 to 42 feet of water following bait in the water column. You can catch five to 10 in a trip on down lined dollar bill sized gizzards. Look for those hybrid schools to move to Kellogg Creek and Bartow Carver as dissolved oxygen levels fall, possibly by late.
June 14, 2012
LAKE HARTWELL IS DOWN 9.8 FEET, STAINED & 78 DEGREES
Bass fishing is fair and they will move up shallow on overcast days and the all green Zoom trick worms a spinner bait with silver blades and a white skirt is good. Early go to the main lake bridges up and down lake. Go up rivers and on deeper creeks on points and use a bright Shad Rap in the
size in both shad and black back, and baby bass. Down lake work the main lake points with a Bagley’s Killer B II in baby bass or a spinner bait with gold and silver combinations in willow leaf blades. Day fishing is fair in the creeks on the ends of points. Worms in smoke and red colors of a Carolina rig is fair. Cast to any bank cover with the watermelon green floating trick worm half way in the creeks and the off river coves.
* Hartwell Profiles
These temp/dissolved oxygen profiles are available via email directly from Dredger. Three points on Hartwell are included.