Hey Everyone – I was out every day this past week except for Wednesday, and the fishing was super. In addition to the report below, I wanted to share that I just completed and submitted my article for the May publication of Coastal Angler Magazine – make sure to check it out when it hits the stands in a couple of weeks. A great read on Lanier topwater fishing to include tactics, locations, and specific baits. We have been focusing on the post-spawn fish on the main lake and major creek mouths this week with very good success. The active females are relating to the summer brush in 18-30 feet and will come up for a bait. We have had to alter our presentations and our baits considerably to get them to eat, but we have figured out how to get those tentative post-spawn females to commit. We have been throwing walking baits and wake baits for our big fish. You definitely have to run and gun to get these big ones – not all fish are active at the same time and those big females are finicky right now. Persistence pays – we had a 19 pound stringer on Monday and 18 lbs on Thursday and solid bags of around 16 pounds of these post spawn females on Tuesday and Friday. On Thursday and Friday, my guests and I continued to run the post-spawn pattern and focused on brush in 18-30 feet of water on humps and long running points. We had great catches on both Thursday and Friday with Jim B. getting his personal best spot with me on Thursday- just under 5 pounds. He ran into one of our striped friends (LOL) as well as some other very nice spots. On Friday, I took out Pete, one of our good friends from Hammond’s Fishing. We had a little Hammond’s “show-down” against some other Hammond’s employees on other boats…we won’t discuss the losers, LOL, but our 16 lbs won it going away. We had several fish in the 3.5 range that day – shot out of the same mold. We probably hit 35 holes to get those fish. Nice work Pete! We have not been getting a ton of bites running this pattern but it seems to be the best pattern by far for the better fish. Topwater, wakebaits, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits have been our main weapons. I have seen signs of the blue back spawn over the past couple of weeks, but the water temp seems to be holding them back a bit. They are in some of the normal places, but not in full swing yet by any means. For fishing reports on other Georgia Lakes, make sure to check out havefunfishing.com I have a full day on Thursday and Friday morning open this coming week, and then only Tuesday May 1 open the following week. Give me a call or drop me a note – the post-spawn big fish bite should continue to get better and better. Thanks, and may God Bless – Jimbo — Jim “JIMBO” Mathley Spotted Bass Fishing Guide – Lake Lanier [email protected] Mobile – 770-542-7764 www.jimboonlanier.com