Water Temp: 59 degrees
Water Level:  10.22 below full pool
Here are the dates I have open in December: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. There are many patterns working out on Lanier right now for the spotted bass. The fish are definitely in transition right now, and with that transition comes many options.  There are fish very shallow, mid-depth, and deep.  We are still seeing schooling fish on some days, but these are often just stripers, with a few spots mixed in at times.  The stripers, and the spots in some cases, that are schooling right now seem to be focused on the small threadfin shad. Therefore they will often ignore your typical topwater offerings.  Casting a jigging spoon into these fish is one way to imitate the small bait.  There are some other options as well, but it just takes some experimentation to figure out what they will eat. Think small and be creative. We are getting some good fish early in the mornings throwing a Spro Crankbait and spinnerbait on windblown rock and clay points in both main lake and creek pockets. When the moving bait bite slows down, switch to a finesse worm on a Picasso Shake-E Football jighead or a Chattahoochee Jig. The mouths of the major ditches/creek arms are starting to hold fish more consistently.  There are also some fish and bait present in the actual ditches.  I look for the ditch bite to get very strong in December as we start to see some more seasonable temperatures and conditions.  With the warm fall we have had and the slower than normal transition, I look for December to be an outstanding fishing month on Lanier!  There are still fish hanging around the brush on the points that lead into the main creek arm channels around the lake, and and can be caught a number of different ways.  A swimbait and a jerkbait have both worked well at times, and we are starting to have good success with both a Chattahoochee Jig and a Shakedown jighead in the area of the brush as well.   We have started to spoon up some fish out of the timber, or near the timber, in creek arms/ditches in 30-40 feet.  The process is starting to happen. I look for this to strengthen as we continue into fall, and once the bait gets well established in the ditches, look for the SuperSpin bite shallow in the ditches first thing in the morning to be a predominant pattern.  A jerkbait in these areas should work well also.  We have a great early winter experience in store folks!  I am now guiding in a Brand New Xpress Bass Boat – 21’3″ powered by a 250 Yamaha SHO and equipped with the latest Lowrance HDS Gen III units featuring 3D Structure Scan technology.  Come take a ride in this beauty!  The ditch bite will be here in December.  If you are looking to learn this valuable technique, make sure to schedule a day with me this month!  Here are the dates I have open in December: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.  Give me a call and let’s get out and have some fun! If you have been waiting for the fall bite, its here, and its time to FISH! Thanks to all and May God Bless.