Fall is some of the most exciting fishing on Lake Lanier. The large schools of striped bass & spotted bass start schooling on top and topwater lures are the tactic of choice. Some of these schools will have several hundred fish in them and will be very visible from long distances. The local term for this fishing is “Combat Fishing!”
The Main lake humps and points still holding some very nice groups of spotted bass. Target these areas that are 15 to 30 feet deep, on the main lake or back in the creeks.
Brush or docks with brush remain the structure of choice. Look for the Crappie to suspend over the brush 6 to 10 feet.
*Soft plastic baits
Deep water patterns that are still producing.
Stripers move into the creeks and up on the submerged islands and points.
*Pulling the umbrellas over the submerged islands has been a strong technique. The Captain Mack’s 4 arm 3 oz. buck tail rig, pulled 140 to 160 feet behind the boat has been a good combo. *Herring on the down rod or under a floating down line are also very effective. Adjust your depth to the depth of the bottom or based on where the sonar shows the greatest activity.
*Tossing a free lined Herring off the stern is also a good addition, weighting it down with a small split shot is even better.
Another pattern that is also very effective in October is night fishing. This after hour’s pattern is historically best with water temp from 75 degrees falling down to 60 degrees. Target shallow sand bars, saddles between islands, or flat shallow points.
*Long A Bombers - blue, silver, pink
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Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and prostaffer for Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville, GA. He retired as a Lieutenant/Paramedic/Firefighter with Gwinnett County Fire, GA after 29 years of service in 2013. He is currently a contracted employee with NAVICO/Lowrance working as the Southeastern Prostaff Coordinator. He has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab Jake. They volunteer with Operation One Voice (501c3) (www.operationonevoice.org)