January 2020 Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Report
Striper fishing is good right now and will continue to be good through January both mid lake and north up the rivers. You will find stripers in a variety of water depths, but the most consistent bite will be in 40 to 60 feet of water with downlines. Find the large concentrations of bait toward the backs of the creeks as that is the key to this bite. Good starting points are Sardis, Ada, Wahoo and Littler River on the Chattahoochee side, and Taylor, Thompson and Yellow on the Chestatee side. The centers of drainages and coves will also be productive as you run up the river channels. For bait, herring on downlines with a 1- to 1.5-oz Captain Mack’s Swivel Sinker with approximately 3 feet of 10- to 12-lb. fluorocarbon leader and a No. 1 or 1/0 Gamakatsu circle hook will be the best setup. Small trout or medium shiners will also be great baits to put down. Remember to change out your hooks to a 2/0 or No. 4 hook, depending on the size of the bait that you put down. The January go to artificial will be the Captain Mack’s Mini Mack. After you find the bait and fish on your Humminbird SOLIX or other graph, get your downlines down and put your Mini Macks in your spread 25 to 35 feet down and pull around these schools at 0.5-0.8mph. The Mini Mack will also be an easy rig to flip out 100 to 125 feet behind the boat and troll through active birds that you will see while you are moving from creek to creek.
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