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Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Summer patterns prevail for bass and stripers
Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier as seen from the air in July 2017. - photo by Nick Bowman
Lake Lanier’s water level is a healthy 1071.48 or .48 feet above the normal full pool of 1071. Lake surface temperatures have risen into the mid-80s. Main lake is clear and the creeks are slightly stained. Above Highway 53 Bridge the water is slightly stained to stained. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear. Check generation schedules at 770-945-1466 before heading to the river. The upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend will bring heavy boat traffic. This is the time when anglers should demonstrate courtesy and patience. The lake belongs to all of us. Be safe, wear your life jackets and enjoy the blessings of our local Lake Lanier. Bass fishing remains good for anglers that can target off shore brush. Beating the banks and fishing shallow in the coves will produce some okay fishing, especially early in the day. That being said, if you really want to catch the magnum spotted bass that Lake Lanier is famous, it’s time to get away from the banks and find brush piles in 15 to 30 feet of water.