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 1–2 pounds 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 17’ BassTracker boat. Manufactured in 2012, 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 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
    Weekend
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Mar 1 (Sat, Sun)
    $400
    Pick up at Sardis Park ramp at 7:00 a.m. and return to the ramp at 12:00 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.
  • Private trip
    Morning Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $325
    Pick up at Sardis Park ramp at 7:00 a.m. and return to the ramp at 12 to 12:30. 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.
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About the Captain

Josh Thornton
Gainesville, Georgia, United States
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17 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since April 2019
Captain Josh has been fishing for 20 years in the area. He recently decided to turn his passion into a profession and got his guiding license. He participates in 2 to 3 tournaments per month and is currently ranked 3rd (October 2019) among over 200 participants at the year-long North Georgia Crappie Anglers circuit. He's also a director of Fishing with Military Heroes annual tournament and a presenter at 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 50 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
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

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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:

Cash

Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Craig T.
Decatur, GA
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VERIFIED   Morning Trip on April 26, 2021
Josh is personable, knowledgeable, works very hard to get and keep you on fish, and makes the time on the water about as pleasant...
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Suwanee, GA
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VERIFIED   Morning Trip on July 5, 2021
The fish were a little slow after a big July 4th boating day but Captain Josh kept the girls on the fish all morning. He is...
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Cumming, GA
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VERIFIED   Morning Trip on April 30, 2021
He was very friendly, and helpful. It was a great trip and we got a great catch!
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Cumming, GA
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Great day learning

VERIFIED   Morning Trip on November 6, 2020
Capt Thornton did a great job putting us on fish and teaching techniques to locate fish with his up to date electronics. ...
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Julian M.
Flowery Branch, GA
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Fishing with Josh

VERIFIED   Morning Trip on August 20, 2021
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FAQs about Crappie Fishing

Crappie Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $325 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Morning Trip (5 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Weekend (5 hours)

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

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

Crappie Fishing offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Crappie Fishing offers the following fishing technique:
  • Light Tackle

Top targeted fish species with Crappie Fishing include:
  • Crappie