February 2020 Lake Lanier Fishing Report
The new year is off to a great start with a winter bite that is the best it has been in years. It has been as good as or better than our summer bite. Large schools of fish are being found all over the lake from Bald Ridge, Shoal, Flat, Ada, Gainesville, Wahoo, Little River, Latham and Thompson. You will find schools of fish around huge schools of bait in the backs of these creeks. Concentrate your graphing with your electronics in 30 to 60 feet of water. Lakemaster on your Humminbird Solix or Helix will allow you to first adjust the topo lines on your map for the fluctuating lake level which will keep your map showing the actual depth and not the full level numbers, and second allow you to highlight a specific depth range so that at a glance you can see your target ranges all around you without having to stare at topo lines and see if it’s the correct depth.
The fish will be within 10 feet of the bottom so the best bite will continue to be with downlines. The stripers do not want to chase their food very far, so shorten your leaders to 2 to 3 feet of 12-lb. fluorocarbon. These shorter leaders are the key. Herring and medium shiners are getting bit best by these schoolers. Four- to 6-inch shad will also get hammered by the larger fish that are mixed in, as well. Most of these fish will be caught on Spot Lock, but if you move around at 0.8-1 mph looking for fish, make sure you to keep your Capt. Mack’s Mini Macks 25 to 35 feet down, as well. This range will keep you out of the trees but down where the fish are feeding. A 3/4- or 1-oz. Capt. Mack’s Super Spoon in white, white/silver flash or white/pink flash will also be great this month when the fish are piled up together on the bottom.
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