Lake Lanier

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Lake Lanier Fishing Charters

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Lake Lanier: 17 fishing charters available

Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Oakwood
 Instant Confirmation

Open Boat Fishing – Atlanta

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Cumming
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Mad Gillz Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
Cumming
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(58 reviews)
Gainesville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Lanier Adventures Fishing Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Flowery Branch
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $350

Redd’s Southern Striper Guide

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(15 reviews)
Cumming
 Instant Confirmation

Profishing Guide Services

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(5 reviews)
Oakwood
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

The Striper Experience

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Flowery Branch
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Crappie Fishing With Captian Josh

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Gainesville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $350

Scream N Drag Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Cumming
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Lake Lanier

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Lanier fishing trip is $428, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $628 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service, Open Boat Fishing – Atlanta, and Mad Gillz Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Lanier. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Lanier.

Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service, Open Boat Fishing – Atlanta, and Mad Gillz Fishing 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 spinning. 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
4.5 / 5
Based on 25043 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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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

Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Excellent outing, Bill was extremely knowledgeable and professional. We saw and covered a large portion of the lake on a beautiful day. He put us right on top of a lot of fish.. would definitely recommend Beck n Call, worth every dollar!
Michael  T.
Michael T. Gainesville, GA
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Great company, beautiful scenery, and a Captain who also knew the lake very well. My wife caught the biggest fish of her life! Fish were all around us. I can't thank you enough, Bill!
William  J.
William J. Saint FRANCISVLE, LA
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Big Bite Charters – Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
We had an incredible experience with Capt. Hammond. He was an incredible guide and fisherman. Andrew is so kind and truly wants you to have a fun day on the lake. We can’t wait for our next fishing trip with him!
Hunter  M.
Hunter M. Winder, GA
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
We had a great a day on the water with Captain Bill! As first time fishers we appreciated his easy going attitude and sense of humor. We fished several spots on Lake Lanier and were able to catch some catfish and bass despite our big learning curve. Bill shared his winning blackened fish taco recipe, which we really enjoyed back at our campground! Highly recommend!
Amy  J.
Amy J. Atlanta, Georgia
Crappie Fishing With Captian Josh
Crappie Fishing With Captian Josh
Fishing charter in Gainesville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Had a great experience. Highly knowledgeable about the lake and helped us catch plenty of fish. We definitely will go fishing again with master Josh.
Alan  Z.
Alan Z. Alpharetta, GA
Profishing Guide Services
Profishing Guide Services
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
We took off right at daylight chasing striper even though Captain Rob told us ahead of time that fishing had slowed on the lake. We had some fish on the first time dropping into the water but couldn’t land one in the boat. Captain Rob was great, running all over the place and to every cove on the lake trying to get us on some fish. We only landed one small one but the kids had a blast. We will definitely look up Profishing Guide Services the next time we go out.
Greg  M.
Greg M. Hoschton, GA
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Bill was prompt, had good equipment, and provided an enjoyable experience for our half day of fishing. I would recommend him to anyone and will call on him again.
Wiltz  A.
Wiltz A. Marietta, GA
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Got my dad a trip from Captain Bill for fathers day and we had a great time. Fish were stubborn but we got a couple and Bill was great company. Felt more like your friend takin you out on the water than anything more formal. Would highly recommend.
Hunter  M.
Hunter M. Austin, TX
Lanier Adventures Fishing Guide Service
Lanier Adventures Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Flowery Branch
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Had a great day on the water, started with a double right off the bat! Jeremy was happy to share his techniques, experience and even a few of his fishing spots with us since we are new to GA. Would definitely go again and would highly recommend.
Kelly  L.
Kelly L. McKinney, TX
Mad Gillz Fishing
Mad Gillz Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Mike. He had awesome knowledge of the lake and was able to put us on the fish in multiple locations on the lake. Was also extremely understanding and patient, helping my 93 year old father fish. We look forward to being able to go out again soon. Highly recommend his charter!!
Fred  J.
Fred J. Roswell, Georgia
Mad Gillz Fishing
Mad Gillz Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
Captain Mickey was AWESOME! He was super friendly, very knowledgeable and also extremely accomodating. He gave us information about the different species of fish, and even gave us a little tour showing us the different places on the lake, where Ozark was filmed! I'll be booking my next trip, soon!
Kathryn  S.
Kathryn S. Snellville, GA
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
I took my dad and uncle on a 2nd annual trip for my dad's bday. Both loved the trip. This year my dad requested to book with a captain who could put us on fish and was willing to clean and fillet them. Captain Bill was great and put us on fish all day!
CHRIS  P.
CHRIS P. CARPENTERSVLE, IL
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Awesome experience very knowledgeable and patient easy going and fun to talk to. Would recommend to anyone, great time will be back.
Stephanie  R.
Stephanie R. Teaneck, NJ
Lanier Adventures Fishing Guide Service
Lanier Adventures Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Flowery Branch
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Jeremy was a wonderful captain and is very knowledgeable about the lake. He has state of the art equipment to find fish and has many different methods to catch them. We will be booking Jeremy the next time we want to go out.
Carey  A.
Carey A. Alpharetta, GA
Redd’s Southern Striper Guide
Redd’s Southern Striper Guide
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Great day on water with Captain Darrell! Caught a few, missed a few and had a lot of lookers. He put us on the fish and shared great stories at the same time!
Dan  S.
Dan S. Arlington Heights, IL
Crappie Fishing With Captian Josh
Crappie Fishing With Captian Josh
Fishing charter in Gainesville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Captain Josh was awssome. He was at the dock ready to go at the prescribed time, he was very patient with our line snags and lure losses and he definately put us "ON" the fish. We had a wonderdul time and we would definately recommend him as a choice to go with again in the future. He is very knowledgeable of the lake and crappie we were fishing for. My family had a great time. Money well spent.
George  R.
George R. Cleveland, GA
Redd’s Southern Striper Guide
Redd’s Southern Striper Guide
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(15 reviews)
The fish were not biting but Capt Redd worked extra hard to try new spots and even put in some overtime to make sure we left as happy customers.
Brian  M.
Brian M. Decatur, GA
Open Boat Fishing – Atlanta
Open Boat Fishing – Atlanta
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Captain Jeffrey is the BEST!! We had such a great time and he did not stop moving to make sure we had a great experience. We will be booking again soon!!
Joel  F.
Joel F. Braselton, GA
Scream N Drag Fishing Charters
Scream N Drag Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cumming
Very good
4.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We had a good time with Joe! He took us out on Lake Lanier and at no point felt like we were on the clock or being rushed through the experience. We were able to catch 2 stripers and a catfish, we were really hoping to get a spotted bass but weren’t able to, maybe next time!
Jessi  D.
Jessi D. Miami Gardens, FL
The Striper Experience
The Striper Experience
Fishing charter in Flowery Branch
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Great time with Capt. Ron. We caught spotted bass,striped bass and a channel catfish.
Louis  W.
Louis W. Ruskin, FL