Sight fishing for Lake Lanier Stripers.

Report Date: January 6, 2009

Water Temperature: 52
Water Clarity: 4 feet or greater

Shane Watson Guide Service Report 1-6-09. The stripers are rolling on top most mornings and we have caught fish on freelined bluebacks, medium shiners, Capt. Mack's 3 arm u-rigs, leadhead flukes, and on spoons. We've had our boats north and south and the numbers have been about the same. These rolling fish are doing the same thing they did this time last year. Just keep riding and looking for boiling fish and cast leadhead flukes. If there are enough of them and if they are sticking around, put out your freelines or troll u-rigs. Many of these fish are singles and when you catch that fish or it goes down, you will have to move on. The birds are on alot of these fish, but not on all of them. Yesterday, I ran a 9 to 1 trip and we got on rolling fish with and without birds. They were on top in many places and the boat traffic was low. If you have the patience you can blind pull planerboards with big trout, trying for a big fish, but expect this to be a much slower pattern. Most of the fish we are catching are from 5-20 pounds, but the action is better on these rolling fish. It will be interesting to see how much the lake comes up. Our rain guages over here show 3 1/4 inches of rain overnight. I hope we get to keep the water. This report is brought you by Shane Watson Guide Service and Hammond's Fishing Center. Good Fishing.

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