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Lake Lanier: 16 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Oakwood
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Cumming
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trips from $480
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
Gainesville
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trips from $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(138 reviews)
Cumming
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trips from $440
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Flowery Branch
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trips from $350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(15 reviews)
Cumming
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Excellent
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Gainesville
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Cumming
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trips from $450
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Oakwood
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trips from $550
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5.0 / 5
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Gainesville
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trips from $350

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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Lanier are: Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Lanier

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Lanier fishing trip is $426, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $598 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Lake Lanier that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Lake Lanier provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Lake Lanier are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $483
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $427
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $509
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $650
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $619

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 25577 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.

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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

Mad Gillz Fishing
Mad Gillz Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(138 reviews)
Highly recommend! Mickey and his partner were great. Couldn't have been more accomodating. We had a member of our group in a wheelchair and Mickey was able to work with his partner Keith to take out his tourney outfitted tri-toon boat to make access easier. They worked hard to put us on the fish all day. Now, if only the weathermen could have done their job as well as Mickey and Keith! Thanks for all the effort and information guys...
Evan  S.
Evan S. Suwanee, Georgia
Lanier Adventures Fishing Guide Service
Lanier Adventures Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Flowery Branch
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Great day on the water Caught some large, stripers and spotted bass. Very nice trip overall.
Timothy  M.
Timothy M. McKeesport, PA
No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier
No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Gainesville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
Had a blast fishing with Brad. He had a plan but wasn't afraid to change it up when the bite was slow and the result was several additional fish including a 15+ lb Striper! We'd definitely book with him again.
Jonathan  Z.
Jonathan Z. Wasilla, AK
Carter's Charters
Carter's Charters
Fishing charter in Flowery Branch
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(7 reviews)
Captain Jim is an experienced fisherman and knows Lake Lanier. I am thankful that my teenaged grandson and I were guided by him.
Deborah  D.
Deborah D. Between, GA
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
We had a fabulous day fishing. This was my grandson's first fishing experience and I am confident he will be "hooked" for life. Thank you.
Jonathan  F.
Jonathan F. Plymouth, MA
I'd Rather Be Striper Fishing
I'd Rather Be Striper Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
The children and I had a good time with our captain. He's very nice! River White
River  W.
River W. Johns Creek, GA
Open Boat Fishing Atlanta
Open Boat Fishing Atlanta
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Captain Jeffery was real informative about striper fishing great boat and equipment will definitely book another charter with him
Mike  L.
Mike L. Mulberry, FL
No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier
No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier
Fishing charter in Gainesville
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(61 reviews)
He’s a first class Captain! Excellent gear, knows the lake very well, good baits and he’s very safe and extremely sociable. Was a cold day but great experience. Had two really nice strippers
George  W.  I.
George W. I. Jasper, Georgia
Lanier Adventures Fishing Guide Service
Lanier Adventures Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Flowery Branch
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
We had a very good time, the experience denfinately was memorable. The equipment was great, the weather was cold but nice and the lake was in good condition. This was a birthday present and my son "caught the big one" so definitely a worthwhile trip. The captain, Jeremy, made the trip very a great experience.
James  T.
James T. Flowery Branch, GA
Bent Rods Charter Company
Bent Rods Charter Company
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain Brandon was awesome! Put us right on fish from the start of the day and took care of us. Great guy to take you fishing! Upbeat attitude and fun to be with. Amazing fishing boat and 30 years of fishing knowledge! Would 100% recommend to anyone looking to make great memories on Lake Lanier.
Colton  J.
Colton J. Johns Creek, GA
Bent Rods Charter Company
Bent Rods Charter Company
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Boat was awesome and Captain Davis friendly while still working hard so each of us would catch a fish. We had a great time out on Lake Lanier.
John  C.
John C. Dahlonega, GA
Profishing Guide Services
Profishing Guide Services
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
It was a tough day on the lake. Not alot of bites but the bites we got we big ones. He has state of the art equipment and explains what he's doing with the equipment. Fun morning with great conversation and a few big fish in the boat. Thanks to Capt Rob for finding the big bites!
Tylon  W.
Tylon W. Flowery Branch, Georgia
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
My wife and I loved the fishing trip! And he made sure we caught fish even when they were not biting very good 😊.
Robert  M.
Robert M. Land O' Lakes, FL
Open Boat Fishing Atlanta
Open Boat Fishing Atlanta
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Absolutely best guide hands down, can’t wait to run the waters again with Captain Jeff! Had a absolutely beautiful day with some great fish and an experience of a lifetime. Thank you 100 times over. Will be back again in the future!
Alex  C.
Alex C. Holly Springs, GA
Crappie Fishing With Captian Josh
Crappie Fishing With Captian Josh
Fishing charter in Gainesville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Endless effort from Captain Josh putting us on schools of fish in the 100's at each location. Fish just were not aggressive. Great time just the same catching a few fish. Highly recommend Captain Josh and company for a great time!
Rick  P.
Rick P. Monroe, NC
Open Boat Fishing Atlanta
Open Boat Fishing Atlanta
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
We caught 5 big boys , from 12-16 lbs each ! Our captain would not even stop for a snack or lunch for himself, he gave110% , he made sure we caught fish! He also was a great teacher ! I would highly recommend Capt Jeff Hillard !
Bruce  B.
Bruce B. Cumming, GA
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Awesome morning of fishing, weather was a little rough but we fought through it. Turn into an awesome trip!!
Tim  L.
Tim L. Marthasville, MO
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Great trip - got some monsters right off the bat and Capt Bull filleted them for us. Will go again.
Robert  B.
Robert B. Atlanta, GA
Mad Gillz Fishing
Mad Gillz Fishing
Fishing charter in Cumming
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(138 reviews)
What a great experience. Captain Mickey was an absolute please and took the time to educate us about fishing on Lanier. Top rate service!!!
Jay  H.
Jay H. Cumming, Georgia
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
My son, his friend and I all had a great time on our Beck N Call fishing trip. We enjoyed the lake, caught some fish, and had an enjoyable morning with our friendly and knowledgeable captain. I highly recommend this charter if you're looking for a great time.
James  B.
James B. United States