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Lake Lanier Fishing

Lake Lanier Fishing

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.

Lake Lanier Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lake Lanier, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Redbreast Sunfish

  2. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 20% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 35 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Lake Lanier Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart


  3. Bluegill

  4. Bluegill

    There is a 19.43% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 34 Bluegill counted.

    Lake Lanier Bluegill Counts Chart


  5. Spotted Bass

  6. Spotted Bass

    There is a 10.29% catch rate for Spotted Bass, based on 18 Spotted Bass counted.

    Lake Lanier Spotted Bass Counts Chart


  7. Striped Bass

  8. Striped Bass

    There is a 8.57% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 15 Striped Bass counted.

    Lake Lanier Striped Bass Counts Chart


  9. Largemouth Bass

  10. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 8% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 14 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake Lanier Largemouth Bass Counts Chart


  11. Flathead Catfish

  12. Flathead Catfish

    There is a 6.86% catch rate for Flathead Catfish, based on 12 Flathead Catfish counted.

    Lake Lanier Flathead Catfish Counts Chart


  13. Green Sunfish

  14. Green Sunfish

    There is a 4.57% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 8 Green Sunfish counted.

    Lake Lanier Green Sunfish Counts Chart


  15. Brown Trout

  16. Brown Trout

    There is a 4% catch rate for Brown Trout, based on 7 Brown Trout counted.

    Lake Lanier Brown Trout Counts Chart


  17. Channel Catfish

  18. Channel Catfish

    There is a 3.43% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 6 Channel Catfish counted.

    Lake Lanier Channel Catfish Counts Chart


  19. Rainbow Trout

  20. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 3.43% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 6 Rainbow Trout counted.

    Lake Lanier Rainbow Trout Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 18 species of fish and 175 fish counted for September around Lake Lanier.

To date, there are 35 species of fish and a total of 4355 fish counted for Lake Lanier and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 8/25/1939 (84 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2023 12:07:58 PM

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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Top Lake Lanier Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Lake Lanier are the following:

  1. Shady Grove Ledge
    Good ledge on this underwater point for bass.

  2. Brushy Hump
    Good hump with brush in this area.

  3. Bald Ridge Hump
    Good hump off the point that had ledges on either side. Good Striped bass area.

  4. Lula Park
    Boat ramp at Lula park. No fee. No facilities.

  5. Rocky Point

  6. Rainbow Trout127

  7. Fish Attractor 58

  8. Beaver Island

  9. Alabama Bass3

  10. Alabama Bass2

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Latest Lake Lanier Fishing Reports

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-September 22 2023
    Need a great reason to go fishing or hunting? I got you covered! Sept 23rd is National Hunting and Fishing Day! Sept 23rd is also the Autumnal Equinox the first day of Fall b

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-September 14 2023
    The lake continues to fish well and we have some new patterns that are coming into play as the water cools. Those trends will probably continue as the extended forecast indic

  • September 2023 Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report
    The lake level is 1066.58 (4.42 feet below full pool) with water temps around 82-84 and clear water conditions.  Summer fishing has been great and there are still some big sc

  • October 2023
    Summer is fading fast here on Lanier. The lake has dropped a couple feet and another couple feet looks likely at least. The water is clear and the water temperature is beginn

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-September 8 2023
    More tough choices for the weekend? Deer Season opens and more football. I would suggest an early am Deer hunt followed by an afternoon Fishing session then some football. Pr

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-September 1 2023
    Happy Labor Day! The first weekend of September is always tough! there is simply too much cool stuff to do even with an extra day off. Of course fishing is still pretty good

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-August 25 2023
    Warm weather continues but the lake conditions and the fish are changing as we move into the end of August. The month will end with the 2nd of two August Super moons the next

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-August 18 2023
    I know you’ll be up early tomorrow going to the lake or perhaps going to get the hunting camp ready?  Either way be sure to tune into O’Neill Outside Radio in the AM I’ll be

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-August 11 2023
    Dog days are here although it looks like we get a slight break from the humidity as we go into next week. As you are fishing next week after dark or early in the am watch the

  • August 2023 Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report
    Lake level is 1068.76 feet (2.24 feet below full pool) with water temps from 86-88 degrees. The main lake is clear but the backs of the creeks are slightly stained. The strip

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Top Lake Lanier Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Oakwood Bait & Tackle
    Oakwood Bait & Tackle, your one stop shop for all your fishing needs!

  2. Hammond's Fishing
    Hammond’s Fishing Center a full service live bait and tackle shop. Bait and tackle has been available at this location since 1986. The bait and tackle shop is locally owned and the owner’s roots are firmly planted here at Hammond’s Crossing. We offer

  3. Alpharetta Outfitters
    Located in downtown Alpharetta, GA, Alpharetta Outfitters is your premier, one stop shop for all your fly-fishing needs. our knowledgeable staff specializes in up-to-date local Chattahoochee river and North Georgia mountain fishing information, as we

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Top Lake Lanier Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Captain Mack's
    Lake Lanier - Your one stop shop for the best Striped Bass, Spotted Bass, and Crappie guide services, tackle, lake information, and videos.

  2. Jimbo On Lanier
    Jimbo is a Full-Time Professional Angler and Guide that fishes ONLY Lake Lanier all year! The Best Teacher on Lanier! Topwater, Swimbaits, Super Spin, Drop Shot and More! Tournament Anglers, Beginning Anglers, Father/Son, Corporate Outings – ALL ARE

  3. Georgia Lake Fishing
    Fishing Lakes Burton, Rabun, Nottely, Chatuge, Seed and Lanier. All year long.

  4. Striper Steve's Fishing Charters
    Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Guides and Charter Services in North Ga. Striper Fishing Guides on Lake Lanier available 365 days a year. Lake Lanier is known for its world class Striper fishing. Best Striper Fishing in Ga!

  5. The Striper Experience
    The Striper Experience is a Lake Lanier Fishing Guide service owned and operated by Ron Mullins. Ron is a licensed USCG Captain trained in first aid and CPR.

  6. Catching Not Fishing Guide Service
    Catching Not Fishing Guide Service operated by Captain Clay Cunningham and fellow guides is open year-round and seven days a week on Lake Lanier. The striper fishing on Lake Lanier is some of the best in Georgia. Lake Lanier is just thirty minutes no

  7. All Day Fishing
    All Day Fishing is a Lake Lanier striper guide service owned and operated by Jeremy Day. We provide affordable and specialized striper fishing on beautiful Lake Lanier in North Georgia, which is one of the premier striper lakes in the Southeast. We p

  8. Out of Line Fishing Striper Fishing Guide Service

  9. Shane Watson Guide Services Inc
    Let us guide you to the "Fish of a Lifetime" on the nation's premier striper lake. We specialize in light tackle live baiting and trolling for stripers using the most modern techniques and equipment available. We are a full-time, profes

  10. Lake Lanier Fish Co.
    A year-round guide/charter service on Lake Lanier, Ga.

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Top Lake Lanier Marinas

  1. Bald Ridge Marina
    Home to over 600 wet slips and the closest marina to Atlanta conveniently located just off GA 400.

  2. Hideaway Bay Marina
    Hideaway Bay Marina is a full service marina on Lake Lanier. Its name reflects its unique location just off the main body of the lake, hidden away from irritating and damaging boat wakes. This protected cove also provides the ultimate in protection f

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