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Lake Lanier fishing report: High water levels bring fish shallow
Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier as seen from the air in July 2017. - photo by Nick Bowman
Water Conditions: Lake Lanier is well above full pool at 1,075.7 feet, or 4.7 feet above full pool of 1,071 at the time of this writing. Lake surface temperatures are right above or just below 50 degrees. The lake below Browns Bridge is clear to stained in the creek mouths and stained to very stained in the backs of the creeks. The upper lake creeks are stained in the mouths and very stained to muddy in the backs. The rivers are muddy. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river below Buford Dam at 770-945-1466. With the high lake levels, there is a lot of debris floating all over lake, so please be extra careful out there. There is a rule in tournaments that requires anglers to always wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device with a lanyard attached to your kill switch any time your motor is running. This is a great rule to follow whether you are fishing in a tournament or not.