Well, things got hot on Lake Lanier this week. Mostly meaning the weather but the fishing was not bad either. We had 5 consecutive days of mid 90 temperatures, most days it was very still and it was hot. Kinda like I like it.
The lake is still a little below full pool and the surface temps climbed this week to the mid to upper 80′s. We are already higher than the entire last summer. From the outlook, we are in this type of weather this summer. The 2 week forecast looks like more of the same.
Fishing changed some this week with the weather heating up. The fantastic top water bite that we had the past few weeks really slowed. We started the week off with a good bite but as the week progressed, it dwindled to a halt. You can still run brush with a topwater and bring a few up but it is not the best pattern any more.
I had my best luck on big fish by working a 3/8oz Jig right off the bat in the mornings on points and humps. The first 4 hours of the day is very good for the jig bite. I have been using the Spotsticker 3/8 casting jig in Green Pumpkin Craw and Green Craw for the most part but did experiment with Georgia Craw and PB&J with good results as well. As usual, I am putting a 5″ Yamamoto twin tail on the back of my jig. This was great all week for big fish. We had 16-19 pound stringers most of the days this week and I was out everyday..
Once the jig bite slows a bit (usually around 10:00) The drop shot has been the key. I have been just working around the brush and humps in 25-30 feet of water with a SpotSticker hand pour and 3/8oz drop shot weight. I have been more broad casting my drop shot this week instead of dropping on fish that I see on my Lowrance. This has been more effective to be 10 feet or so away from the boat. My best color all week was the Cinnamon Purple but had great luck with Hot Tomato and SS Sunrise as well. We did not get as many bites on drop shot as usual this week but the quality was fantastic.
Good luck to everyone out there and stay cool. Thanks to everyone who has been buying my new Hand Poured worms and sending me reports. I really appreciate the reports and the business.