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


    34.160000240 -84.073330230


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


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


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


  9. Lucerne
    5/19/2011 8:51:17 PM - Lucerne 33.8332, -84.093


  10. WP002
    3/3/2016 11:16:40 AM -



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Lake Lanier Fishing Prediction

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. Striped Bass

  2. Striped Bass

    There is a 71.43% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 5 Striped Bass counted.


  3. Brown Trout

  4. Brown Trout

    There is a 14.29% catch rate for Brown Trout, based on 1 Brown Trout counted.


  5. Spotted Bass

  6. Spotted Bass

    There is a 14.29% catch rate for Spotted Bass, based on 1 Spotted Bass counted.


Recommedations above based on 3 species of fish and 7 fish counted for May around Lake Lanier.

To date, there are 12 species of fish and a total of 95 fish counted for Lake Lanier and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

*** 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 1939..

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Latest Lake Lanier Fishing Reports

  • May 2022 Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report
    5/12/2022 1:34:08 PM - Lake level is 1071.36 (.36 feet above full pool) and water temps are 71-74 degrees.  The water clarity varies from slightly stained up in the river systems and clearing from


  • May 2022
    5/7/2022 9:18:23 PM - Finally getting some better weather here on Lanier. Winter held on longer than usual and it skipped to late Spring almost Summer. The water is clear in most areas and the wat


  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-May 6 2022
    5/6/2022 8:01:43 PM - The water temps really warmed up last week 73 degrees as of Friday Mid day. Of course that is  about where we should be for this date after having cooler than average temps t


  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-April 29 2022
    4/29/2022 6:36:40 PM - I hope you all enjoyed the fantastic weather we experienced the last few days and got out on the lake. I did quite a bit! That’s the good news the bad news is I did not get t


  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-April 22 2022
    4/22/2022 6:06:21 PM - Fishing patterns are changing quickly along with the rapidly warming water temps. Our extended forecast calls for warm and mostly dry weather so next week looks like a great


  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-April 15 2022
    4/15/2022 9:18:42 PM - Lake temps are finally warming and the patterns are shifting accordingly! We have plenty of shallow fish especially the Bass and that trend should continue as the surface tem


  • April 2022 Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report
    4/14/2022 1:15:58 PM - The lake is currently at 1071.37 (.37 feet above full pool) with water temps between 61 and 64 degrees. The rivers and the backs of the major creeks are slightly stained whil


  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-April 8 2022
    4/8/2022 7:39:08 PM -  Another weekend another cold front! May be a good idea to keep the cold gear on hand for yet another week but temps are forecast to rebound nicely going into next week. Heav


  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-April 1 2022
    4/1/2022 6:17:07 PM - Cool and windy weather continues to persist but at this point I don’t think the fish really care and are committed to the spring patterns. The patterns are pretty typical for


  • Captain Mack’s Fishing Report-March 25 2022
    3/25/2022 7:54:31 PM - It’s easy to know when the weekend is arriving the wind blows and the temps drop right? At least that seems to be the norm since the first of the year.  March will go out lik


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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

  4. Black Widow Tackle


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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


  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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