Lake Sidney Lanier Fishing

Lake Lanier is a well-known hotspot for striped bass fishing, often using live bait. Other gamefish in this lake include spotted and largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass, long nose gar, and trout—brook, brown, and rainbow. Its 59 square miles of water and 690-plus miles of shoreline offers plenty of great fishing spots for anglers.

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The spotted bass are in good supply and condition in Lake Sidney Lanier. The local population has fattened the spotted bass and they tend to reach one to four pounds. Spotted bass like to swim around the rocky channel-banks and hang around other natural covers such as logs and brush. Artificial lures work throughout the year when catching spotted bass. If you want to use live bait, try crayfish, nightcrawlers and minnows.

The striped bass here range from two to fifteen pounds, with trophy-sized individuals reaching twenty to thirty pounds. They can be found in the winter and summer seasons. For the best results on these impressive bass, try herring, bluegill, shad, shiners, and small trout. Super flukes and bucktail jigs will get the job done. You’ll find stripers around the lower end of the reservoir and the river’s shallow coves.

You can catch a good number of crappie by fishing with minnow and minnow-tipped jigs. Lake Sidney Lanier crappie can be found in Thompson and Taylor creek under downed trees and other submerged structures. The crappie population is fair from February through early April.

Lake Sidney Lanier does have a high level of boating and tourist traffic during warm months. Visiting on weekdays, or weekend evenings, could give you a better chance at peace and quiet.

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Lake Sidney Lanier boat ramps:

The following boat ramps provide access to Lake Sidney Lanier.

Horse Shoe Lake Park Boat Launch Boat Ramp
Sugar Ridge, GA
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Lanier Park Boat Ramp
Bucked Dam Rd Buford, GA
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Lanier Harbor Marina Boat Ramp
2066 Pinetree Dr Buford, GA 770-945-2884
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Lanier Harbor Marina Boat Ramp
2066-2198 Pine Tree Dr Sugar Hill, GA
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Lake Lanier Islands Boat Ramp
7000 Holiday Rd Buford, GA 770-932-7200
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Habersham Marina Boat Ramp
2200 Habersham Marina Rd Cumming, GA
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Holiday Marina On Lake Lanier #2 Boat Ramp
Holiday Rd Buford, GA
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Holiday Marina On Lake Lanier Boat Ramp
6900 Holiday Rd Buford, GA 7709457201
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Lazy-Days Marina Boat Ramp
6701-6717 Holiday Rd Sugar Hill, GA
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University Yacht Club Boat Ramp
6649 Yacht Club Dr Flowery Branch, GA 770-967-6450
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Aqualand Marina Boat Ramp
6725 Lights Ferry Rd Flowery Branch, GA
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Vanns Tavern Boat Ramp
Gainesville, GA
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Lanier Point Park Boat Ramp
1426-1598 Lee Waldrip Dr Gainesville, GA
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Sunrise Cove Marina Boat Ramp
5725 Flat Creek Rd Gainesville, GA 770-536-8599
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Port Royale Marina And Lake Side Community Boat Ramp
8753-8759 Georgia 369 Gainesville, GA
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