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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.

Top Lake Lanier Fishing Spots

  1. Shady Grove Ledge
    1/13/2017 8:12:49 PM - Good ledge on this underwater point for bass.

  2. Brushy Hump
    1/13/2017 7:39:54 PM - Good hump with brush in this area.

  3. 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.

  4. Lula Park
    10/9/2013 3:07:57 PM - Boat ramp at Lula park. No fee. No facilities.

  5. Rocky Point
    3/7/2021 2:31:27 PM -

    4/22/2011 11:49:19 PM -
    BUFORD DAM - LAKE SIDNEY LANIER Recreation Project

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  7. Fish Attractor 58
    2/18/2016 3:04:32 AM -

  8. Rainbow Trout127
    4/1/2021 5:28:54 PM -

  9. Alabama Bass3
    4/1/2021 4:48:50 PM -

  10. Beaver Island
    3/7/2021 2:31:27 PM -

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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. Bluegill

  2. Bluegill

    There is a 33.33% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 7 Bluegill counted.

    Lake Lanier Bluegill Counts Chart


  3. Largemouth Bass

  4. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 19.05% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 4 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake Lanier Largemouth Bass Counts Chart


  5. Spotted Bass

  6. Spotted Bass

    There is a 14.29% catch rate for Spotted Bass, based on 3 Spotted Bass counted.

    Lake Lanier Spotted Bass Counts Chart


  7. Striped Bass

  8. Striped Bass

    There is a 14.29% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 3 Striped Bass counted.

    Lake Lanier Striped Bass Counts Chart


  9. Gag Grouper

  10. Gag Grouper

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 1 Gag Grouper counted.

    Lake Lanier Gag Grouper Counts Chart


  11. Green Sunfish

  12. Green Sunfish

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 1 Green Sunfish counted.

    Lake Lanier Green Sunfish Counts Chart


  13. Redbreast Sunfish

  14. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 1 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Lake Lanier Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart


  15. Walleye

  16. Walleye

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Walleye, based on 1 Walleye counted.

    Lake Lanier Walleye Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 8 species of fish and 21 fish counted for February around Lake Lanier.

To date, there are 31 species of fish and a total of 4255 fish counted for Lake Lanier and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 8/25/1939 (84 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 12:40:11 AM

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.

View full Lake Lanier Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Lake Lanier Fishing Reports

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-January 27 2023
    1/27/2023 7:30:24 PM - The frequent rains have gotten the lake back to full pool we’ll end up the week at 1071.01. That is.01 over full pool and up.88 feet from last week. The temperature varies fr

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-January 20. 2023
    1/20/2023 7:18:20 PM - We were fortunate during the first part of January to have mild weather. The end of the month looks like a return to weather more typical of the season. That can make for a l

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-January 13 2023
    1/13/2023 7:06:57 PM - As we enter Mid-January fishing and  the weather have both been pretty good! I think the mild water temps have the Bass scattered out but the bite is still good overall. Stri

  • January 2023 Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report
    1/9/2023 6:21:59 PM - Lake level is 1069.80 (1.20 feet below pool) with water temps of 47-49 degrees.   Water clarity is slightly stained on the main lake to muddy in the backs of the creeks with

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-January 6 2023
    1/6/2023 7:11:22 PM - Hello Everyone Unfortunately I will not have a report this week I was out of town and was unable to get on the water. I’ll be back wit the full report next week we’ll have pl

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-December 30 2022
    12/30/2022 7:19:28 PM - Happy New Year! It looks as though 2022 will end up with a warming trend which is a very drastic contrast from this time last week! The surface temps held up well considering

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-December 23 2022
    12/23/2022 6:45:09 PM - Merry Christmas! I hope everyone enjoys the holiday and gets some time to enjoy family and friends! It’s a good weekend  to stay inside and do so as we have some of the colde

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-December 9 2022
    12/9/2022 7:23:47 PM - I hope you were able to get on the water and enjoy some of the good fishing and warm weather we experienced last week. I think the fishing will stay strong the warm weather n

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-December 2 2022
    12/2/2022 7:16:58 PM - Our extended forecast calls for another week of mild weather however with that warmth we get a  pretty substantial rain chance through next week. It is really a very good for

  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-November 25 2022
    11/25/2022 8:09:29 PM - I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and even found your way onto the lake! Fishing has been good and the weather forecast is conducive to fishing through the week. This week

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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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