Open Boat Fishing - Atlanta

Operated by one of Lake Lanier’s most tenured fishing guides (31 years) Open Boat Fishing Atlanta, LLC offers some of the best fishing adventures that Lake Lanier is famous for. We have spent decades profiling the patterns of Lanier’s trophy Striper on this 39,000 acre compound and 28" plus Striped Bass are often caught on each of our charters. Come fish with Lanier’s original pay per head split cost fishing charters and enjoy a day on the water at a fraction of the cost of a private charter. We also offer private charter services, instructional "how to" trips, corporate multi-boat trips for up to 60 people with 2 weeks advance notice. Kids are welcome. Our tackle, rods & reels are top notch and specifically rigged for catching Lanier’s tough fighting 15 pound plus fish. From beginners to experts we have you covered. We provide bait, tackle, iced fish boxes if you want to keep your catch, bottled water and ice. You will need to bring a towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, your favorite beverages, soft soled shoes or flip flops (when it’s hot), snacks and a sandwich etc. if you desire. If you want to take some fish home please bring a cooler but leave it in your vehicle. We will transfer your catch and ice at the end of our adventure.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $600
    9 hours of fishing fun for the anglers who love to grind it out (we sure do). You may want to pack a lunch. Bean bag chairs are available upon request at no additional charge. All tackle, rods and reels, bait, ice and bottled water are included in your fare. Kids are always welcome.
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $375
    Once you set foot on our custom built fishing pontoon you will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of room you have while landing some of Georgia’s finest fresh water fish. The 8’10” beam allows for a stable fishing platform that is truly one of a kind. With a 50 gallon bank tank aft and a 30 gallon forward our baits a prime for live bait fishing. We fish for Striper (aka Striped Bass), and the scrappy fun to catch Spotted Bass.
  • Shared trip
    Weekend Morning Split Cost (5 hour)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 6 - Mar 5 (Sat, Sun)
    $270
    Come enjoy a cool crisp fall morning catching fish and enjoying the fall foliage change as we hit the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers in search of Lanier's famous Striped Bass & Spotted Bass. Bye catches include the occasional White Bass, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Catfish, Gar, Yellow Perch and Walleye. All bait, tackle, rods & reels, ice & bottled water are included. Come alone or bring some friends.
  • Shared trip
    Weekend Split Cost Afternoon
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 6 - Mar 5 (Sat, Sun)
    $270
    Come enjoy some great fall fishing Party Boat style pay per person (Just like you find on the coast). Book a single seat or book up to 6 seats (depending upon availability) for 5 hours fishing for landlocked Trophy Striper and Lanier's Spotted and Largemouth Bass. Catfish, Crappie and the occasional Walleye as well.
  • Shared trip
    Weekday Afternoon Split Cost
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 6 - Dec 5 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $220
    Come enjoy a fall afternoon catching fish and enjoying the fall foliage change as we hit the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers in search of Lanier's famous Striped Bass & Spotted Bass. Bye catches include the occasional White Bass, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Catfish, Gar, Yellow Perch and Walleye. All bait, tackle, rods & reels, ice & bottled water are included. Come alone or bring some friends.
  • Shared trip
    Weekday Morning Split Cost
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 6 - Dec 5 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $220
    Pay per person split cost charter. All bait, tackle, rods & reels, bottled water and ice are provided. Target species are Striped Bass, Spotted bass and the occasional White Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Crappie, Catfish, Gar, and Walleye.

About the Captain

Jeffrey Hilliard
Roswell, Georgia, United States
9 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
17 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2021
Born and raised on the shores of Lake Lanier, Captain Jeffrey was given his first boat (Jon Boat) at the age of 8. He and his buddies fished out of that boat from Bald Ridge Marina as long as they stayed in sight of the parents watching from the boat docks. 51 years later he is still fishing the waters of Lanier and has a lifetime of experience. He began his professional guide career in 1993 and has helped many of the guides on Lanier earn their stripes (pun intended) and continues to work with most of them on a weekly basis. Thousands of novice and experienced anglers reach out to him for advice and tips throughout the year as his reputation is solid in the region.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Spotted) Spotted Bass
Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bass (White) White Bass
Catfish Catfish

Crappie Crappie

Boat Specs

Custom Built (Pontoon) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Drift Fishing

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
Drinks
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Visa
PayPal
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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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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Chris H.
Cumming, Georgia
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Too Many Fish!

Full Day Private Charter on August 22, 2021
I have been out with Captain Hilliard several times, both on the party boat and several private charters.  Every time I’ve...
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Vsay S.
Decatur, Georgia
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Fishing with Captain Jeff

1/2 Day Private Charter on August 13, 2021
I’ve the opportunity to fish with Captain Jeff this past weekend and he was able to put us on some big fish. Captain Jeff...
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Chassity M.
Decatur, AL
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October fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Weekend Split Cost Afternoon on October 9, 2021
The whole trip was great. Words really can’t explain how much fun it was fishing with captain Jeff.He was kind and helpful....
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Andy W.
Douglasville, GA
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Half day trip with Captain Jeff

VERIFIED   Weekend Split Cost Afternoon on August 18, 2021
I couldn’t believe how reasonably priced this trip was when I found it on here so I contacted Captain Jeff to ask some questions...
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Dionne J.
Jonesboro, GA
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We can't WAIT for our next Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Weekend Split Cost Afternoon on October 2, 2021
Captain Jeff was the BEST!!!! He knows the lake like the back of his hand.  He has modern equipment, the boat was comfortable...
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FAQs about Open Boat Fishing - Atlanta

Open Boat Fishing - Atlanta offers the following trips to customers:
  • $110 per person - Weekday Afternoon Split Cost (5 hours)
  • $110 per person - Weekday Morning Split Cost (5 hours)
  • $135 per person - Weekend Morning Split Cost (5 hour) (5 hours)
  • $135 per person - Weekend Split Cost Afternoon (5 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 1/2 Day Private Charter (5 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Private Charter (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Open Boat Fishing - Atlanta, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well (30 gal front 50 gal rear)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Open Boat Fishing - Atlanta include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Drinks
  • First Mate

Open Boat Fishing - Atlanta offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Open Boat Fishing - Atlanta offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Open Boat Fishing - Atlanta include:
  • Bass (Spotted)
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bass (White)
  • Catfish
  • Crappie