Fall is one of the best times of the year to get out on Lake Lanier and Kayak Fish. The weather is nice and the boat traffic is minimal. I launched this week in windy conditions pictured above to set out and see what kind of fish I could coax into biting. The North GA area has been drenched in rain for much of late October and early November. It was nice just to launch and enjoy a day on the water.
This is the view that I have enjoyed for over seven years from my Wilderness Systems Ride 135. I know it is time for an upgrade but the fish don't seem to mind! I set out armed with a Zara Spook to throw at topwater fish. The go to flex it spoon was on board to drop to deeper fish. If that didn't work the reliable and number catching drop shot was also on board. Since I was not fishing with live bait on this trip I also brought a spinning set up to cast out a white sebile magic swimmer. The one thing to be sure of when fall fishing is not to be sure of any one tactic.
My fishing expedition was quickly becoming a paddling expedition. For over two hours I battled the high seas of Lake Lanier searching for fish only to come up empty handed. I finally found one hump that held some schools of fish. The drop shot produced several bites but no fish to hand so I paddled on.
Finally, off a rocky point, a wolf pack of hungry spots busted the surface! Quickly I grabbed the topwater rod and hurled the Spook at the boil. Fish On!!! A decent spot on topwater came yakside and the skunk was off for the day! Often when you see fish on surface there are many more below them. This holds true with both Spotted Bass and Stripers on Lake Lanier. I continued to fish the point and was able to locate a school of spots.
Several more spots were landed to end the day! These fish were all taken on the drop shot in depths of 35 to 40 feet. I like to use a small spinning set up with 6 pound flouro line for drop shot. A bright colored robo worm is my go to plastic. Lake Lanier Spots can't resist a Morning Dawn colored worm for some reason!
When the fish weren't biting it was nice just to enjoy paddling around without jet ski's and pleasure boaters. I only encountered a couple of fishing boats the entire day! Fall is arguable one of the best times of the year to get out and Kayak Fish Lake Lanier!
Will be back out on the water soon.