Lake Lanier’s water level is 1,069.35 which is 1.65-feet below the normal full pool of 1,071. Lake surface temperatures are in the low to mid 70’s. The main lake and lower lake creeks mouths are clear to stained from turn over. The backs of the creeks are stained from turnover. The upper lake and rivers are clear to stained and many areas are starting to turn over above Browns Bridge. The Chattahoochee below Buford Dam remains stained from lake turnover.
Bass fishing: We are really starting to see areas where lake stratification (or lake turnover) are occurring. When the lake “turns over” it basically means that the warmer surface layers have cooled down to the same temperatures as the cooler lower levels. This causes the layers to mix up. The cooler lower layers contain lower oxygen levels and decaying matter. The water mixes up and gets an ugly stain and smells of sulfur. Because there is no thermocline, the fish can be located from 6-feet-deep or 60 feet deep, which makes it harder to pattern them. The fish can be found anywhere, so keep your options open.
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