Updated: Apr 21
Spring has arrived a bit early this year and the trout and striper activity has picked up considerably. The warm rains we had at the end of February have warmed the creeks and lake into the low/mid 50s. Still seeing plenty of midges and winter stoneflies across North Georgia but more bugs are joining in on the festivity. A couple species of small caddis (size 16 or smaller) and have begun emerging leading to a productive dry fly bite on the small mountain creeks. Some mayflies have also been joining the mix, most of them being blue wing olives. The tandem dry fly rig is having the best luck on the wild trout streams. I have been leading with a size 14 or bulky size 16 caddis or stimulator pattern then trailing with a thin size 18 or 20 caddis, mayfly or midge pattern in the rear. Check out our article on the best flies for North Georgia to get a better idea of what the trout are looking for. The fish have begun to venture away from their winter holes and into some skinnier water so don’t be afraid to venture away from the overfished pools and target some faster water, especially on a warmer day. These patterns should remain consistent in the coming week as it looks like the mild weather will be hanging around.
The stocked trout waters including the Georgia Delayed Harvest Streams. should also be buzzing with activity as they will be stocked heavily in the coming weeks. Have your junk flies ready and be prepared to fight the ensuing crowds of anglers ready to get outside this spring. Our private waters have been stocked for the spring, so if you’re looking to give fly fishing a try, now is a great time to cut down on the learning curve. Check out our North Georgia Fly Fishing Trips page for more details.
Chattahoochee Tailwater Trout Fishing
The lower Chattahoochee has been fair as fish activity increases with the longer days. If you can dodge around the irritating generation schedule, there are plenty of trout to be had. Junk flies and midge patterns are still the tickets. Don't overlook the mouths of the feeder creeks as they begin to warm much quicker this time of year.
The striper bite on Lake Lanier is finally on the rise. Most fish have migrated up to the mid lake area or above and are beginning to leave their deep winter holes they’ve been occupying for longer than normal this winter. Main lake an secondary points with a fair amount of bait (not too much bait) are what you will be looking for. Use the birds if they are around and keep your eyes on the horizon for any surface activity on overcast days. Schooling fish should be moving fast to corral shoals of bait so make your casts count. Look for the fishing in the creeks further upriver to improve as we get closer to April. The dock light bite is also heating up if can manage your way onto the lake in the early AM. Use stealth when approaching these lights as the fish do see a good bit of pressure in these areas. These fish will be on the feed if they remain unspooked.
If you would like to learn more about fly fishing or fishing North Georgia, check out our tips and techniques articles to get you prepared for spring trout and striper fishing. Best of luck this Spring!