From Captain Mack Farr
Lanier Fishing Report 11/28/20
Wow, November is over, and there are only 27 shopping days until Christmas! We end the
month with the lake level at 1070.19, .84 feet below full pool. That is down .03 feet from the
previous week. The surface temp was 62, slightly cooler than at this point last week. We will end
the month with some very mild weather, the beginning of December may be a different story?
The Forecast indicates rain early in the week, followed by cooler temps and windy conditions
thru most of the week before stabilizing the following weekend. With the full moon occurring on
the 30th, and an approaching weather change, this weekend should offer some excellent fishing
Fishing was very good this past week, with live bait again being the big producer. A mix of
techniques, live baits fished on down lines, feee lines and planer boards, were all productive,
and the Stripers are responding to Herring and Gizzard Shad. Most of the bait shops are now
keeping Trout in stock, so it will probably be a good idea to keep a couple of those in the spread
Fish are being caught all over the lake, but I think the best bite seems to be in the
middle and upper parts of the lake. Look for the bait concentrations over a 35 to 50 foot bottom,
in the creeks and coves in the middle parts of the lake. The same applies to the river channels
once you move far enough up the lake. The same pattern will also be effective on the lower end
creeks, you just have to move further between creeks increasing your run time, but the same
guidelines can be applied, If you are in an area where the bait is present but you are not
marking fish, it may be worth setting up a spread and letting the fish come to you. Allow 15 to 20
minutes and if no fish show up relocate to another area.
The topwater/schooling activity is still a viable pattern, perhaps more of a secondary pattern as
opposed to earlier in November, but the schoolers are still showing up with some degree of
regularity. This pattern may be strongest in the afternoons, and in general best in low light
conditions. Downsizing your baits are a plus for this technique as the fish are keying in on small
Shad. Spoons, Jig N Shads, Sliced Spoons, Flies under a bubble, blade baits, or small buck
tails are good choices for the schoolers. Light line, 8 lb test or lighter, will allow for much longer
casts with these lighter baits, and you’ll need to match your rod action accordingly. Watch the
birds to help locate surface activity, they are starting to show up in pretty good numbers now,
and the arrival of next week’s cold front should open up the flood gates for their arrival.
The trolling bite is very good, full size rigs and Mini Mack’s are producing well. Pulling the Mini’s
on lead core has been producing well, and as a general guideline the Mini Mack will fish roughly
4 to 5 feet deep for each color of lead core you have out. On the full size rigs, the Capt. Mack’s
3 oz nine bait rigs pulled 90 to 120 feet behind the bait should get the bite, adjust accordingly
based on where the fish are showing up on the sonar. Pull the rigs around the bait schools,
around bends in the creeks channels, or over points adjacent to the channels. Both the buck
tail and the shad body rigs are effective.
Bass fishing is very good, and there are many baits and patterns that are producing very well.
Rock and docks are strong, both will produce on all areas of the lake. The Spro Rock Crawlers
have been a staple on the rocks, rock banks, points and bluffs are all holding fish. Worms and
the this pattern as a change up or if the fish are resistant to chase down the moving baits.
Worms and jigs on the docks are also consistently productive, depth varies with the conditions,
but 15 to 25 feet remains a good starting point.
The ditch bite is really cranking up, with ditches and drains in the creeks or on the main lake
producing well. Jigs, worms and spoons are all good baits for this pattern. It is important to
remember that you may or may not see fish on the drains when you initially approach them,
They are often very tight to the bottom, or they may up against or under an undercut ledge or
bank. Often, the fish will not start moving around until you drop them a bait and pull them off the
bottom or off of the ledges. This technique will also be very effective on the old creek channels,
start searching in 30 feet and work you way out to 50 feet. Fish anywhere you see bait, where
the old channel created a ledge, or any other anomaly. The worms on the Weedless Wonder
have been very effective on this pattern, some colors to try are Prizm Perch, Prizm Kraw and
my #1 pick as of late Green Shiner.