Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh

The northern part of Lake Lanier offers amazing, year-round Crappie fishing! Over the years, Crappie has become one of the most popular freshwater fish in North America, as it is enjoyable to catch it and even more enjoyable to eat it. Captain Josh Thornton has been fishing in the area for over 20 years and he knows all the tricks you need to catch this fish.

Don’t let a Crappie’s size fool you! Even though they weigh 1 pound on average, they offer great nutritional value. High in protein and fat, they are one of the most delicious panfish to eat. Whether you fry it in one piece or fillet it, you’re bound to have a delightful meal.

Capt. Josh welcomes you aboard his 22’  War Eagle Blackhawk boat. Manufactured in 2022, this vessel has all you need for an enjoyable and productive day on the lake. She features all the necessary navigational and fishfinding equipment including a Garmin live scope. You’ll also find safety equipment (including life vests for kids), an ice box, and a live bait tank on board. It’s most comfortable for 2-4 people to fish at the same time.

Crappie trips are available only in the mornings, during weekdays. Capt. Josh will provide your fishing equipment but it’s important for you to purchase your fishing license on time. Bring food and drinks for the day and sunscreen is also recommended.

Capt. Josh is a part of the Fishing with Military Heroes organization and he offers a 10% military discount.

Book your trip today and enjoy one of the tastiest fish you can catch!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Morning Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US $350
    Pick up at Sardis Park ramp at 7:00 a.m. and return to the ramp at 11 to 11:30. The captain will prepare all of your fishing equipment. You need to purchase your Georgia fishing license (can be done online) and bring your snacks and drinks for the day.
  • Private trip
    Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Mar 1 (Sat, Sun)
    US $400
    Pick up at Sardis Park ramp at 7:00 a.m. and return to the ramp at 11:00 The captain will prepare all of your fishing equipment. You need to purchase your Georgia fishing license (can be done online) and bring your snacks and drinks for the day.
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Jeremy P. W.
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Fun Birthday Trip

VERIFIED   Morning Trip on September 1, 2023
My wife and I took my nephew as a birthday gift on a half day trip with Captain Josh and had a great time. The crappie weren’t...
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Karen G. M.
Roswell, GA
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Beautiful day fishing!

VERIFIED   Morning Trip on May 25, 2023
Haven’t fished in years. Was great to have Josh as a guide and find those crappies! He definitely knows the lake. Very enjoyable....
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Crappie fishing lake lanier

VERIFIED   Morning Trip on January 26, 2024
Be ready to dock shoot, saw a lot of fish on the graph but can’t always make them bite.
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Michael P.
Gainesville, GA
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VERIFIED   Morning Trip on July 24, 2023
My son and I had a great time fishing with Captain Josh. Will definitely be back.
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VERIFIED   Morning Trip on September 4, 2023
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FAQs about Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh

Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $350 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Morning Trip (4 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Weekend (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures

Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh offers the following fishing technique:
  • Light Tackle

Top targeted fish species with Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh include:
  • Crappie

Meet the Captain

Josh Thornton
Gainesville, Georgia, United States
ID & license verified
36 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2019
Captain Josh has been fishing for 20 years in the area. In 2019 he decided to turn his passion into a profession and got his guiding license. He participates in 2 to 3 tournaments per month. He's also a director of Fishing with Military Heroes annual tournament and President of the North Georgia Crappie Anglers. He is also a presenter at many fishing expos including the Atlanta Boat Show. He loves spending his days on the water.

About this listing

Targeted species

Crappie Crappie

Boat specs

War Eagle (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2022. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
At least 5 years old; life vests supplied
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

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No additional fees.
Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

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The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

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