Well, Tropical Storm Lee came and went and didn't deliver the needed rain to the lake. At most we got about an inch of rain in the south end of Lake Lanier. In fact, the Lake Lanier water level continues to go lower. Currently the level is 6.8 feet below full pool and the water temp is right around 80 and getting cooler each night. The fishing has not improved and is still a tough time out on Lake Lanier.
During the storm I went out fishing with my dad in the rain and caught 1 spot and 1 Striper. The spot came on leadcore with a bucktail 8 colors out and the Striper was exciting. While trolling points we saw an amazing sight for this time of year. A patch of the lake 200x200 ft came alive with Stipers boiling on the surface. This happens in the fall, but we are about a month ahead of this type of event.
The boil lasted only a few minutes and by the time we got over there the Stripers were back on the tree tops 40' over 90'. We were able to bag 1 on live herring and we tied into 1 monster that broke the 20lb leader in the trees after pulling 100ft of line. This looked like the change we needed!
Sadly, on Thursday September 8, I went back out and found the pattern continues. Larger fish (see picture) are still deep 50' over 100' and there still are fish on 40-50' flats. I got 1 good Striper deep, 1 smaller striper shallow 1 Catfish and 1 Spotted Bass all on live bait. This is the same mixed bag most of the guides are reporting for an average trip out. We are catching fish, just not the numbers we typically see.
I will be out on the Lake every day checking the conditions, hopefully things will improve soon.