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Change in payment method at Ramps
April 1, 2018

May 16 - The OSC Tournament is this Saturday. Lines in at 6:30AM . Weigh in is at OBT at 2:00pm. (NO EXCEPTIONS). We are expecting some rain. We will monitor the weather. We will only cancel if there is any severe threats to start. Otherwise we fish. The fish are already wet! You can't cut grass or stain the deck, might as well fish.
Fishing has been improving. The fish have been coming down lake from the spawn. They are showing up in bays in good groups. There are still a lot of fish shallow and feeding early. Hopefully the weather holds out for the early morning. Be watching topwater. Casting to main lake points etc. Redfins, Zara spooks, magic swimmers and buck tails on or near surface will all work. I'm expecting another low to mid 50" weigh in. Make sure you stretch the tail to the nearest 1/4".

The meeting will be Monday as usual. Shane Foster is our guest speaker. Shane of course is one of the top tournament fisherman in the southeast. He is a premier bait catcher and I would say he thinks more like a fish as some fish do. We need to check him to see if he has gills. LOL
Also we have had an interest in making some more club shirts and hats. We will have samples. Lastly we will go over the up coming Don Brown Open tournament. Hope to see ya all there.

April 17 - The Team Maggie was another great tournament. Weather was good with  slight winds and temps hitting 70s by afternoon. Water temp on the main lake is between 62-64 degrees. We had a solid turnout with 15 boats fishing and 52 boats in the overall tournament. The majority of the boats caught fish.

1st Place and Big Fish in both our tournament and Team Maggie went to Simpson trucking with 58.25". The Big Fish was 31.25". Shawn and Leonel had a slow day. They fished Balus and got an 18" fish. Moved to Chestatee Bay with no luck. Ran North to Thompson Creek and got their big fish. Ran up in the river with no luck. Finished back in Thompson to upgrade their kicker. Striper Sniper had 2nd with 53.25". Rooster and Jeff fished from Gainesville Marina to the mouth of Little River. Freelined herring and a downlined herring did the trick. 3rd went to Nate of Team Rockfish with 51.75". Nate got his up North in the Little River area and swung over to Johnson Creek to top off his day. 4th went to Chaser with 51.5". The Benson boys started in Flat throwing topwater on dock lights. They managed a couple of dinks and then moved out to Mt View to catch a few more on Sebiles and a freeline herring. Lanier Striper had 5th with 49.75". Pribco had 6th with 47.25". Abercrombie & Fish had 7th with 47". Bryan also fished Mt. View and FC3. 8th went to Jeff Garrett of Striper Structure with 44". Jeff lured them in with his hot pink attire. Team Greene had 9th with 41.75" Matt fished Johnson/Latham and beyond.  Thanks for Playing had 10th with 39.75". Ricky and Clinton fished in Little River. They had a strong day of numbers, but no size. Fish Hunter had 39.5" for 11th Place. Double Trouble had 12th with a 28.5" Striper. Scott Berry had a 24.75" fish goof for 13th.

With the fish heading for the spawning grounds, the bite was still strong in open water pockets, fishing freelines. Late in the day the shallow bite (10' or less) started to show up. We heard a number of stories of larger fish in the 33-36" range chasing on big baits. Unfortunately we had no takers, I hope we get to see one of these larger fish in the next tournament.

April 10 - Reminder. Our club tournament is this Saturday. We are fishing along/with the Team Maggie Tournament. There is no entry to fish for Oakwood points only. If you are signed up for Maggie your points will count for both OSC and Lanier Striper club. For more info, check out our website or find Team Maggie on Facebook.

Again, no need to sign up for the Oakwood Tournament if you are already in the Maggie Tournament.

Our meeting will be Monday. The discussion is whether or not there are any big stripers left in Lanier. I think you will all be satisfied with the proof we have found.

March 20 - What a crazy ride we have had on the weather train. Last month we had water temps as high as 66. For March we had 54 degrees. Not to mention, huge amounts of rain. The good news is the lake is full. Saturday we had great conditions considering the weatherman predicted heavy thunderstorms. It rained heavy for an hour early in the morning, a couple hours before lines in. Otherwise we had a 55 degree start and it warmed up into the mid 60s. The wind was still at start and got to 7-10 by late afternoon.

Team Rockfish had 1st place with 57.75" and Big fish was 30". Nate mixed it up starting at East Bank and ending up in 4 Mile. His fish came 15 minutes before weigh in. That's why we don't quit!  Simpson Trucking had 2nd with 55.5". Shawn found some in Gainesville creek as well as the Thompson Bridge pockets. Double trouble had 3rd with 53.5" It sounds like the team name held up, with a bunch of doubles. JR and gang found nothing in Little River and moved to the pond dam in the Thompson Bridge area. They witness big schools, birds working and surfacing fish. They caught them on everyway imaginable from freelines shad to downlines. The majority of the fish came on weighted lines 50' behind boards or floats. Team Greene had 4th with 51.75. Back in Black had 5th with 50". Mike stayed in Flat. He managed 1 in the back of the creek early. He ran into numbers in Mountain View on weighted lines 50' behind boards. Sounding familiar yet, just wait! Chaser had 6th with 49.75". Bob and Charles got into some numbers, also in Mountain View, also on weighted lines 50' behind boards. Fish Hunter had 7th place with 48", also in Flat. Bob and Richard got some early fish in the back of the creek. Striper Sniper got 8th with 44.75". Rooster and Jeff fish Balus and Flat with no luck. They made the run to the Thompson Bridge area with the other boats and got into some afternoon fish. Abercrombie & Fish had 9th with a single 26" fish. Bryan honkered down in the back of Flat creek. Pribco had 10th with 25" and Thanks for Playing had 11th with 23.5". Ricky and Clinton started in Flat and made their way south to get theirs.

Most (90%) of the fish came on herring. Its a pleasant change from fishing the shiners. Just a couple of fish came on shad. The shad were producing follows and getting blow up which more than like generated some other bites. Almost all the boats caught their fish on weighted lines behind boards or floats. The fish were schooling in the mouths of creeks in pockets from 40-70' deep. The fish were suspending in about 20' of water. We had 13 boats fish and 11 of them caught a striper. A number of boats caught them good catching between 5 and over 10 stripers. It was true to the predictions. Mouth of the creeks and or backs of the creeks were the ticket.

March 13 - The OSC Tournament is this Saturday. Start time is 7:30AM and weigh in is 2:30PM. Just a note, if you are weighing in through Facebook or via phone, there are no late weigh ins. At 2:31PM you will have ZERO.  You can still show up at OBT at or before 2:30PM as always.

Fishing has been good. As Mike Toppings says, it will be a free for all for freelines. Freelining baits 100' or fishing behind boards will be a solid approach. The fishing has been good. Water temps are around 54. Fish are still schooled up in and outside mouths of the creeks in 30-60'. Some bigger fish have been mixed in (28-32") Also, lets not forget about the back of the creek bite. Fish big shad 10-15' behind a planer board. Fish the board up against the banks. I'm hoping to see at least one fish over 36". Lots of big herring are showing up in the backs of creeks. The stripers are definitely in there at night. Same should hold true for the 1st few hours.

The meeting will be on Monday. We have the DNR coming to speak about our Striper Fishery. Its a must listen

February 26 - Its been a tough two weeks with warm and heavy rain. The lake is technically at full pool. It rose about 4 feet in a couple of weeks. More importantly, the water temps jumped from mid forties to mid sixties. We had a main lake water temp of 62 and creeks and rivers were 64-66 degrees. Water quality is an issue. Apparently the rains blew out the backs of the creeks and brought a mudline and or debris out to mid creek or the mouths of the creeks. Most of the bait and fish were in open water cruising. The air temp was a beautiful 62 degree start and it finished in the mid to high 70s. The wind turned on by about 11:00am and it was gusting 11-15 mph.

The fishing was tough as expected. 1st Place went to Team Greene with 50.75". Matt fished North and caught a few fish on downline and freelines. Simpson Trucking had 2nd with 46.75. They fished up river. Chaser had 3rd with 37.5". Bob got his at Mountain View in Flat. Both were on freeline herring. The 1st few bites were White Bass. He fished over a 60-80' bottom.  Pribco had 4th with a 27.5" fish. It was big enough to take Big Fish honors. Matt pointed out that his fish was extremely fat. Chaser's striper spit up about 7 or 7 threadfin at the boat. I agree with Matt, these fish have been eating well. Abercrombie & Fish had 5th with 24". Bryan stayed in the back of Flat. He had a second fish on but couldn't get it buttoned up till 2:05. Striper Sniper had 6th with a 22" fish. Higgy had 7th with a 14.25" White Bass. The other 6 boats tied for 8th.

No one really marked any big schools. It seemed that we were all fishing for singles or maybe 3 fish in a school. There were some missed bites and or some short bites as well. We need the lake to settle down again to bring the fish back into shallow water. Right now the lake will fish like April, if it stays like this.

February 21 - We are having the Striper Tournament this Saturday from 7:00AM to 2:00PM. Be careful in your travels on the lake. There is still some debris floating around. Hopefully the weather works out. They are predicting small chances of rain and lows in the 60s and a high of 75 degrees. Water temps are now 57-58 degrees. Typically the fish should be in the rear of the creeks or related to large flats or humps. We are still letting the stained water settle. Hopefully the fish out in open water will return to a normal spring pattern this week. Best bet is a combination of baits. I would have an assortment of big shad, herring and yes, even a shiner or two. Pull freelines and boards close to the banks Good luck to all. Remember, we can weigh in via Facebook or text pictures to Dillan prior to 2:00PM. Make sure your pictures are legible. Go ahead and type the size of the fish with your picture if possible. I'm expecting a few big fish to be landed. My guess is 66" for the win.

February 13 - Due to heavy rains, we will postpone our monthly tournament until next Saturday, February 24th. The reports are showing Lake Lanier is about 1 foot low. There is heavy debris including lumber, logs and even picnic tables floating around. Also reports from numerous Captains went out scouting Friday and Monday. The reports were dismal. The bait is in the main channel from Browns Bridge north to River Forks and beyond. The bait is 60' down. The creeks have heavy mudlines creating poor water quality. It will take a little time for the lake to settle. The good news is the water temp is around 51-52 degrees in the backs of the creeks. Once things settle, the bait and fish should move in shallow to find that warmer water.

Our meeting will be Monday. You all asked for it, so we are having an expert panel of Shad fisherman as our speakers. The panel consists of 3 of the top Shad fisherman in the south. Its Shane Foster, Stephen Knight and Leonel Castillo. We should all learn a great deal. Its a perfect time to discuss Shad fishing for trophy fish, considering the trophy season is late February to late April.

January 15 - The January Tournament wasn't very inviting. Bad weather and heavy rain storms during the week ended on Friday. What is left us was a nasty cold front. The air temps was low 20s to start mixed in with a 20-25MPH NW wind making it feel like single digits. Evidentially, the fish didn't care for it either. We had 9 boats brave the conditions. 3 boats managed to catch a striper.

1st place with 2 fish and 49.25" is Striper Sniper. Not sure but they may have been in Flat Creek. Rippin Lips had 2nd Place and Big Fish with a 31.25" striper.  3rd Place goes to Team Greene with a 24" striper. Matt was fishing in Shoal Creek.

Mostly everyone found fish and had fish moving, but no takers. There were many fish high in the water column in around 20'. We had teams pull umbrella rigs unsuccessfully. Also a lot of fish on a 50' bottom with lockjaw. We have determined they have been eating a bunch of the threadfin that are dying in the bait kill. The water temps have dropped by about 6 degrees in a fairly short period (days). This wounded some of the threadfin schools. The water temps were in the 46-47 degree range in the south and as low as 42 up north.

January 11 - Our OSC Tournament is this Saturday from 7:00AM to 2:00PM. Again with virtual weigh in, you don't need to be back at the weigh in. Your pictures must be submitted prior to 2:00. Make sure the pics are clean and legible

The weather looks like it will hold out for us. The rain on Friday shows it ending around midday. We will be fishing a post front. It will be on or around 32 degrees at start and warm up to 38 or so. Better than last 2 weekends.

There aren't a lot of reports due to holidays and freezing temps. I do know that the water temps are mid 40s. Fish are still half way to rear of creeks as they should be this time of year. A mix of small baits and big baits makes sense. No signs of any bait kill. Normally when we have a long period of freezing like we had, the bait will get weak and die off, especially threadfins. If so, fish the bottom or 1-2' off the bottom. The Urig or Alabama rig has been producing fairly well.