Lake Sidney Lanier is a 38,000 acre reservoir located about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. It was created by the construction of the Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River in 1956. With over 59 square miles of water and over 690 miles of shoreline, there is a lot of different opportunities for fishing Lake Lanier.
Lake Lanier is known for its excellent Striped Bass fishing. The current lake record of 47 pounds and 12 ounces was caught in April, 2010 on a chartreuse and pepper plastic lizard, near the mouth of Bald Ridge. This huge fish had 31 1/2-inch girth and was 45 inches long. One of the most popular methods to catch Lake Lanier Stripped Bass is using live bait. Gizzard Shad and Blueblack Herring are the most common baits of choice.
Other target species for Lake Lanier anglers include Spotted Bass, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, and Catfish. Brown, Brook, and Rainbow Trout can also be found in the the lake. Bluegill, Walleye, White bass, and Longnose Gar can be caught as well.
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Shady Grove Ledge
1/13/2017 8:12:49 PM -
Good ledge on this underwater point for bass.
1/13/2017 7:39:54 PM -
Good hump with brush in this area.
Bald Ridge Hump
1/13/2017 7:36:10 PM -
Good hump off the point that had ledges on either side. Good Striped bass area.
10/9/2013 3:07:57 PM - Boat ramp at Lula park.
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BUFORD DAM - LAKE SIDNEY LANIER
4/22/2011 11:49:19 PM - BUFORD DAM - LAKE SIDNEY LANIER Recreation Project 34.160000240 -84.073330230
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There is a 20.45% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 36 Redbreast Sunfish counted.
There is a 19.32% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 34 Bluegill counted.
There is a 11.36% catch rate for Spotted Bass, based on 20 Spotted Bass counted.
There is a 6.82% catch rate for Flathead Catfish, based on 12 Flathead Catfish counted.
There is a 6.82% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 12 Striped Bass counted.
There is a 6.25% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 11 Largemouth Bass counted.
There is a 5.68% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 10 Gag Grouper counted.
There is a 4.55% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 8 Green Sunfish counted.
There is a 3.41% catch rate for Brown Trout, based on 6 Brown Trout counted.
There is a 2.27% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 4 Channel Catfish counted.
*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.
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Capt. Mack’s Fishing Report-9/16/22
9/16/2022 7:38:39 PM - Summer is drawing to an end the fall equinox occurs on Thursday the 22nd at 9:04 PM the meteorological beginning of fall. It looks like summer did not get the memo as temps w
Lake Hartwell Fishing Report-By Brandon Davis September 15 2022
9/15/2022 5:37:00 PM - Lake level – 1.88’ below full pool Surface temp- 82 This weeks weather is shaping up for some excellent fishing going into the weekend. Finally some rain-free days and stable
Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-September 9 2022
9/9/2022 2:28:06 PM - After some nice rain with an east wind just in time for the weekend we will enter a very nice period of mild stable weather that will last into next week. The mild temps and
Lake Hartwell Fishing Report-By Brandon Davis-September 8 2022
9/8/2022 7:05:07 PM - Lake Hartwell Linesides report – 9/8/2022 Lake level is -2.23’ below full pool Surface temp- 83 Well the heavy rains the past weekend and this week have caused the lake level
Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-September 3 2022
9/3/2022 10:20:30 AM - We will end up the week with the Sept full moon the Harvest Moon occurring on Sept 9th. That may be a good opportunity to do a little night fishing? The weather forecast goi
Lake Hartwell Fishing Report-by Brandon Davis- September 1 2022
9/1/2022 8:48:35 PM - Lake level is -3.91’ Surface temp- 84 The lineside fishing pattern is remaining steady and strong as we enter September. The downline Herring bite is still a staple to all da
Captain Mack’s Fishing Report – August 25 2022
8/25/2022 6:20:00 PM - We had to post a little early this week I’l be on the road for some saltwater Slow Pitchin’ and Super Circle Jig Fishing this weekend! Hopefully there will be lots of picture
Lake Hartwell Fishing Report by Brandon Davis-August 24 2022
8/24/2022 7:57:29 PM - Lake Hartwell Report Lake level- 3.64’ below full pool The Line side fishing has been very good and on a consistent summer pattern. My better fishing has been on the south e
Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-August 20 2022
8/20/2022 8:00:43 AM - We had some very mild weather last week that seemed to have energized the Bass bite but the Striper Fishing went the other direction. The weather was a nice break and the ext
Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-August 12 2022
8/12/2022 6:20:05 PM - We are coming off of the August Full Moon a super moon at that! Perhaps that is why the bite has been good in the mid day or afternoon hours in recent days? If you are out ea
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