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LANIER CRAPPIE ANGLERS CLUB
FEATURED ANGLER
4235 Browns Bridge Rd. Cumming, Georgia 30041
(beside Hammond's Fishing Center)
Meetings are held on last Thursday of each month at 6:30pm
Animated KNOTS
Ed Phillips
Crappie Fishing Reports
LCA Crappie Challenge 12-30-2017 Results
12-30-17
Crappie Fishing Report January 17, 2018
This Lake Lanier Crappie report is from Dan Saknini, member of the Lanier Crappie Angler’s Club.

Water temperatures are in the mid- forties.   If you go above Laurel Park on the
Chattahoochee side or north of Thompson Creek on the Chestatee you will notice
that the water is more stained as you get into the “S” turns.  Also, the water
temperature drops a few degrees at this point.  The river channel docks with
warmer water temps at 46 to 48 degrees will be your best options.  The bait is
between twenty and thirty feet deep, and the fish are holding on the deeper docks,
with some schools on submerged brush piles.  Our dock shooting technique is
producing well.  We’ve been catching better quality fish on the Chattahoochee side
of the lake, however if you want to catch greater numbers, the Chestatee side of the
lake will be your best option.  The bite is starting deeper at fifteen to twenty feet, but
it is amazing how quickly the entire school will shallow up if they decide to feed,
sometimes up to eight feet below the surface.  The best advice is to pay attention to
your electronics, noting the depth the fish are suspended and work the jig directly
above their heads.  The way the eyes are positioned on the crappies’ heads, they
are always looking up.  Therefore, if the jig is below them it is difficult for them to
see and respond to it.  Jiffy jigs in a variety of colors and hair jigs are working well,
but the soft body Bobby Garland jigs tend to skip the water easier.  This will assist
you in getting your jig all the way to the back of the dock when using the shooting
technique.  My preference however, is still the darker color jigs right now. The fish
are holding tight to the structure and it is very critical to keep the jig in their strike
zone.  With the colder temperatures, their metabolism has slowed and they are not
willing to chase your jig.  You will also notice that the color of the crappie has turned
to pale white, which is an indication they have gone to deeper pockets.  The
females have begun to develop eggs and you will see their bellies starting to
become distended, even though the spawn is still a good distance away.   The bait
will lead you to the fish, so pay attention to your graph.  Threadfins are the bait of
choice for crappie.     

Stay safe on the water and wear your life jacket!