Lake Lanier

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Lake Lanier Fishing Charters

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Lake Lanier: 14 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Cumming
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(25 reviews)
Cumming
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5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Cumming
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Cumming
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Gainesville
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Gainesville
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Flowery Branch
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Cumming
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Cumming
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Oakwood
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Lake Lanier

According to customer reviews, Mad Gillz Fishing, Redd’s Southern Striper Guide, and Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Lanier. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Lanier.

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Lanier fishing trip is $492, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $619 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Mad Gillz Fishing, Redd’s Southern Striper Guide, and Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Lanier.

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Spotted Bass, and Catfish. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Trolling, and Bottom Fishing. Lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Mention Bass fishing in Georgia and locals will tell you there’s no better place for it than Lake Lanier. This man-made lake with over 600 miles of shoreline is synonymous with the best Bass and Crappie fishing in the state. Making the most of this fishery isn’t as easy as it looks. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult lakes to fish in the entire southeast. If you’re going to do it right, hire a savvy Lake Lanier fishing guide who can put you on the hottest bite.

Known For

Lake Lanier is game fish galore. These waters are teeming with Crappie, Trout, Walleye, Bluegill, Longnose Gar, Carp, a variety of Catfish and Panfish, and four species of Bass.

The most coveted fish in the lake are Largemouth, Striped, and Spotted Bass (a “Lake Lanier Slam” if you catch them all in one day). Anglers hook into these bad boys year-round, modifying their techniques as the seasons change. The best Lake Lanier Bass fishing lasts from February through April, when trophy-sized fish are in the cards. You can catch 5-7 lb Spotted Bass and Stripers weighing up to 20-30 lbs at this time of year!

Crappie are another top target among anglers here. While you can catch this fish at any time of year, winter is the most productive season. In April, these fish feed in shallow water and make easy targets for young kids and novice anglers. Just one month later, the tables turn completely and most Crappie are feeding in deep water, which requires precise casting.

Lake Lanier is a complex fishery, and this dictates everything when it comes to techniques and bait selection. The upper end of the lake is quite shallow and sensitive to changes in weather, while the southern end is relatively deep. Some anglers are willing to share the GPS coordinates of their favorite Lake Lanier fishing spots, but pinpointing places on the map isn’t enough to guarantee success! It takes years to develop intimate knowledge of these waters. Whether you plan to spend your day Lake Lanier fishing for a trophy or simply casting a few lines with your pals, you’ll be glad you hired a local guide.

Need to Know

Getting There

Lake Lanier is a 30-45 minute drive from Atlanta, GA. You can take I-85 N or US 19 N. Please note that some roads on your route may be private or restricted.

Lake Lanier fishing guides run trips out of numerous parks and boat launches around the lake. Be sure to contact the captain ahead of time so you know where to meet. Most parks near the lake have public restrooms and are accessible if you need to use them during your charter.

Regulations

Anglers in your group age 16 and older must carry a GA fishing license.

There is no closed season for fishing on Lake Lanier and it’s legal to catch and release all fish year-round. Some species may have size and bag limits, so be sure to check local regulations ahead of time if you want to keep your catch.

Budget

You’ll find many Lake Lanier fishing charters in the $300-$500 range. Most guides offer base prices for 2 passengers and then charge an additional $25-75 for each passenger after that.

Half day trips (4 hours) typically cost $300-$350, while 5-6 hour trips are $400-$450. Full day trips (8 hours) range from $500-$700.

Lake Lanier Fishing Techniques

Anglers use a variety of fishing methods on Lake Lanier, from spinning, jigging, and trolling to fly fishing. Topwater lures are the weapon of choice in spring and fall, while jigging or live bait fishing with downlines is effective when the weather is warmer and fish move deeper.

If you’re headed to Lake Lanier for the Bass fishing, you can generally rely on one outfit to land any of the local species. Light tackle enthusiasts can catch a Lake Lanier Slam using a medium-action spinning or baitcasting outfit and twelve pound test line. Fly fishermen will be served well by an 8-weight rod. Be sure to pack an intermediate line as well as an integrated shooting head line so you’re prepared to target the fish wherever they happen to be swimming that day.

No matter the season or your level of experience, rest assured your guide will show you how to make the most of Lake Lanier! 

Lake Lanier
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27693 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Start the year off right with a Lake Lanier Slam! Your chances of catching the Bass of a lifetime are excellent, with Largemouth, Spotted, and Striped bass biting vigorously!

February

Outstanding Bass fishing continues on Lake Lanier. Casting your line between February and April increases your odds of landing a trophy Striper! Crappie are also at their peak.

March

Spring is on its way and so are the fish! From Bass, Crappie, and Walleye to Trout, there’s no telling what you’ll hook into at this time of year.

April

Early April is a great time to bring the kids out to Lake Lanier for some Crappie fishing, when these fish are feeding in the shallows. The Bass fishing ain’t half bad, either!

May

May can be a great month to fish for Crappie, but most of your bait will be snatched up by Bass feeding closer to the surface! Cast a topwater lure and you’re in for some serious Bass action.

June

As the weather heats up, many fish in Lake Lanier are heading to deeper water. This can make it hard to catch species like Striper, but you’ll have success targeting schools of Spotted Bass. 

July

Many fish are hiding in the deep, but anglers with fish finder electronics can outsmart them. Eager to hook a Spotted Bass? Spinner baits, rooster tails, and small spook lures will do the trick!

August

The most successful anglers at this time of year are the ones relying on their Lowrances to locate Stripers and Spotted Bass in the deepest parts of the lake, mostly at the south end.

September

Early fall is the time for “combat fishing” — when schools of fish begin moving toward the surface and smashing topwater lures! This is some of the most exciting angling on the lake.

October

Temperatures are starting to cool down and boat traffic on the lake is subsiding. This is a great time to enjoy Bass fishing on Lake Lanier after summer tourists are gone.

November

By November, your chances of catching any Bass species in the lake are excellent. Get ready for some topwater action and a Lake Lanier Slam!

December

You aren’t likely to come home empty-handed at this time of year! Depending on conditions, you’ll employ anything from planer boards and spoons to live bait on downlines.

Lake Lanier Fishing Calendar

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Fishing were not biting. My son in law do pull in one striper. Captain tried hard to get on the bite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing were not biting. My son in law do pull in one striper. Captain tried hard to get on the bite.
Ronald  B.
Ronald B. Naples, FL
Book this guide, he was very professional and he knew the lake and his profession. Very family friendly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book this guide, he was very professional and he knew the lake and his profession. Very family friendly.
Melvin  B.
Melvin B. Buford, GA
Pack additional warm clothes in case. Being by the water is always colder.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pack additional warm clothes in case. Being by the water is always colder.
Cary  K.
Cary K. Atlanta, Georgia
The heat and water temperature have an affect on fishing. The warmer the water, the deeper the water you need to fish. Early morning/ evening are best unless you have a guide with hot spots to get you on the fish. Bring water, snacks, and good attitudes to achieve best results.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The heat and water temperature have an affect on fishing. The warmer the water, the deeper the water you need to fish. Early morning/ evening are best unless you have a guide with hot spots to get you on the fish. Bring water, snacks, and good attitudes to achieve best results.
George  R.
George R. Cleveland, GA
You just have to move around and have a fish finder to make sure you are on the schools.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You just have to move around and have a fish finder to make sure you are on the schools.
Shelly  N.
Shelly N. Duluth, Georgia
Dont waste your time trying to figure out the lake. Get a guide on a charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dont waste your time trying to figure out the lake. Get a guide on a charter.
John  M.
John M. United States

Mad Gillz Fishing
Mad Gillz Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(157 reviews)
Unfortunately had a front come through and kind of killed the bite but Captain Mike still was able to put us on some bass to take home for supper! Captain Mike was a great guy! Highly recommend!
Matthew  B.
Matthew B. Monroe, Georgia
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Great Day. Son caught his 1st Stripers. Fish were hard to find but Andrew got us on the fish despite challenging conditions on the lake.
Julio  C.
Julio C. Johns Creek, GA
Redd’s Southern Striper Guide
Redd’s Southern Striper Guide
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Absolutely awesome experience! Big bite, great vibes. Will be booking again soon. Can’t encourage booking w Darrell enough.
Andrew  H.
Andrew H. Flowery Branch, GA
Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh
Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh
Fishing charter in Gainesville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
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 biting but we caught plenty of perch. Captain Josh was encouraging to our nephew and helped him work on his fishing skills while also making us novices feel comfortable.
Jeremy  P.  W.
Jeremy P. W. Chamblee, GA
Mad Gillz Fishing
Mad Gillz Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(157 reviews)
Excellent guide! Knows the lake and where the fish are. He’ll go the extra mile to make sure you hook into the fish!
John  D.
John D. Gainesville, GA
Mad Gillz Fishing
Mad Gillz Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(157 reviews)
Just returned from a half day outing with my kids and a family friend. Mickey was awesome. Although the fish weren’t biting today, he gave it his all to take us to all the right places - we went all over the lake. Definitely will return in the future!! Thank you!!
Shelly  C.
Shelly C. Atlanta, Georgia
Mad Gillz Fishing
Mad Gillz Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(157 reviews)
Captain Mickey was awesome!! Worked endlessly to get us on fish. Once we found them the action was nonstop. Highly recommend him for your charter.
Matt  M.
Matt M. Stone Mountain, Georgia
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
The boys had a great time and Andrew was awesome. He worked hard to teach them some skills and make sure we caught lots of fish.
Jennifer  M.
Jennifer M. Lawrenceville, GA
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Captain Andrew is well known fishing guide in Lake lanier. This is our first trip with him. We have never caught so many big strippers, we are very happy with your experience and knowledge. Absolutely we will fish with you again in the future. Than you very much!
Chao  F.
Chao F. Dacula, GA
Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh
Crappie Fishing With Captain Josh
Fishing charter in Gainesville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
My son and I had a great time fishing with Captain Josh. Will definitely be back.
Michael  P.
Michael P. Gainesville, GA
No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier
No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
Captain Brad is very knowledgeable and was a great fishing mentor for my 15 year old and three of his friends. Rain poured down for 10 or 15 minutes in the beginning of the trip so Captain Brad pulled the boat under a covered boat slip until it passed. All 4 boys caught HUGE stripers and had a very memorable day. Captain knows how to find fish, attract them to the boat, and help the boys get em on Hook! My 2nd time with Captain Brad. Highly recommend!!
James  P.
James P. Marietta, GA
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
We had a great time with a knowledgeable captain who took the time to break down the basics and put us on the fish. The guys had a great time and will definitely be planning another trip in the future.
Dan  G.
Dan G. Holly Springs, GA
Mad Gillz Fishing
Mad Gillz Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(157 reviews)
Awesome day with Captain Mickey! He showed me around the lake and put me on the fish! When I mentioned that I wanted to try and target spotted bass he was very happy to hear that! Captain made me feel like I was at home and was very helpful. I told him that my wife and I had our son here with us so he told me some good places to take him while we were staying in Cumming, Georgia.
Robert  M.
Robert M. Dover, DE
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
I’d say one of the top rate charters on Lake Lanier. My wife and I had our son out with us and I feel captain Andrew did fantastic with him! Captain Andrew will get you on your fish that you’re looking for.
Robert  M.
Robert M. Dover, DE
I'd Rather Be Striper Fishing
I'd Rather Be Striper Fishing
Fishing charter in Gainesville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Had a blast on the morning and still caught some in the heat of the day. Very knowledgeable captain and very helpful! Good times were had!
Joshua  S.
Joshua S. Milledgeville, GA
I'd Rather Be Striper Fishing
I'd Rather Be Striper Fishing
Fishing charter in Gainesville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Captain Justin was awesome! Got me on a lot of fish! Had a blast and definitely will be back!
Joshua  S.
Joshua S. Lawrenceville, GA
Mad Gillz Fishing
Mad Gillz Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(157 reviews)
We booked this fishing charter for my son‘s 15th birthday and Capt Mickey was amazing. My partner has a medical condition and he went out of his way to make sure that she was taken care of while still. Also making sure that the boys caught fish and had a great time. We highly recommend Captain Mickey it if you are looking for someone to take you fishing!
Chris  K.
Chris K. Dacula, GA
No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier
No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
Great trip Captain works hard to put you on fish, the whole family caught fish. Has good knowledge about the area and history of the lake.
Phillip  B.
Phillip B. Seminole, FL
No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier
No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
Had great day out w/ Capt. Brad catching fish. We all caught some fish got some good size stripers, had an awesome trip. Would definately recommend to anybody into fishing for stripers
Caroline  W.
Caroline W. Holly Springs, GA
Redd’s Southern Striper Guide
Redd’s Southern Striper Guide
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Redd busted his hump to show us a good time on Father's Day. The fish were not particularly cooperative, but Redd refused to give up until everyone in the boat had caught a decent fish. Fishing way longer than contracted for, we checked 16 to 20 different locations tracking down fish that were scattered by a tournament the preceding day. Ribald banter kept us entertained when the fish didn't. We'll be back. - Thanks
Joe  C.
Joe C. Decatur, GA