(Fishing report courtesy of Jeff Durniak, a fisheries biologist with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, with help from Region Staff and Local Experts)
“It’s hot and has rained again today. This is a recording.”
And that’s the broken-record story for north Georgia’s summer of ‘18: warm and wet. The afternoon storms continue to mess with our bigger rivers, limiting their clarity and fish-ability. But the rains sure are good for mountain trout waters. Each cool shower resets the clock on headwater trout thermal stress while washing some terrestrial calories into these food-poor headwaters of low calcium.
This weekend’s weather forecast is bringing us some good news, however, with rain chances way down from the last two weeks, so take advantage of this dry window of opportunity at hand to wet a line without wetting your head.
Headwater wild trout continue to rock for our high elevation, blueline fans. Trout stockings continue in a more limited set of streams, but those waters getting weekly doses of trucked trout are still putting smiles on the faces of our “catch, keep, and eat” fans. On the lakes, summer mode continues, with deep techniques paying off for bass, stripers, walleyes, and even a few trout.
The good news on big lakes is that stratification is in full force. The summer squeeze of a) hot water pushing down from the top and b) low dissolved oxygen pushing up from the bottom will start sandwiching these cool water predators into thinner middle layers of the lake. Pay close attention to guide reports and WRD’s monthly lake profiles to find that thermocline for your minnows, umbrella rigs, and gigantic Parker spoons.