Lake Lanier’s water level is very healthy and just above full pool at 1071.34 or .34 feet — above the normal full pool of 1071. Lake surface temperatures remain in the mid to upper 80s. The main lake is clear, and the creeks are slightly stained. The water in the rivers is slightly stained. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear, but it will muddy up quickly in the event of heavy thunderstorms. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466. Bass fishing has been up and down, but most of my trips lately have been good. The fish seem to be locked into an early summertime pattern, and they are biting good during active feeding times. That being said, anglers may need to cycle through several areas before catching fish. The majority of what bass and their prey eat seem to be located around the thermocline layer at 27 feet deep. This is where the warmer surface layer meets the colder bottom layer. It is important to keep your lures right around that thermocline level to catch your bigger spotted bass.
UPDATE: Development Authority of Dawson County awarded $300,000 grant to help with manufacturer BTD’s local expansion project.