Early Spring on Lake Lanier

Report Date: February 24, 2012

Shane Watson Guide Service Report. Dwayne and I spent much of last week in Miami for the boat show. While I was gone and since I've been back our boats have had trips daily. Down the lake freelined bluebacks and gizzard shad fished up shallow from the middle to the rear of creeks have produced well at times. Up north, we've done well on downlined trout and on Capt. Mack's 4 arm u-rigs. I've seen a few groups of fish boiling on top since returning from Miami and we have caught these surfacing fish on white bucktails. It really has depended on what we are seeing every morning as to the pattern we've been using. Some days, the fish have been up shallow and the blow-ups on the freelines have been amazing. At times, the fish have been much to deep for freelines and we've had to troll or catch them on downlines 40 to 60 feet deep. You just have to be flexible in these transitional months. Have a game plan, but be willing to change everything and make drastic moves if your chosen pattern is not working. We've caught and released many big spots on downlines 40 to 60 feet deep while striper fishing over a slick bottom. Our crappie guide is doing well on jigs around deeper docks. Looks like an early spring for us Thank God. I look forward to more fish moving up shallow as surface temps continue to rise. This report is brought to you by Shane Watson Guide Service, Carolina Skiff Boats, and Hammond's Fishing Center. Good Fishing.

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