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April 1, 2018
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.