Currently, Lake Nottely is down 17 feet below full pool. Water clarity is clear in the main lake and slightly stained in the creeks and in the Canal Lake area. Water temperatures are still in the mid 50’s.
Fishing here has been pretty good lately. We are still averaging 6 to 10 nice stripers a trip with a lot of great spots to add to that number. Most of our fish are being caught early in the morning on planer boards and free lines in the mouths of creeks. We’ve also had an incredible down-line bite once the sun gets up. This is pretty typical for this time of year, as the fish look for slightly deeper water as the day progresses.
In the upcoming month, look for stripers to be searching for warmer water, especially as the colder weather moves in. You can catch these fish in the backs of creeks and around shallow humps throughout the lake. Pulling planer boards and free lines with live blueback herring and gizzard shad will be your best technique for landing these wintertime monsters. Keep an eye out for seagulls and schools of baitfish. It’s not uncommon to see stripers crushing bait right under those birds. I like to cast a Red Fin or a fluke right into these guys for some nice top-water action.
Although the weather maybe very cold, January is a fantastic month for catching some very big fish on this lake, so dig out your long johns and winter coats and give Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service a call. Let the areas #1 striper guide service put you on some of Lake Nottely’s best trophy fish during the fishing trip of a lifetime. And, for all your live bait and tackle needs, go check out Hughes General Store in Blairsville, GA. They carry everything you need for a successful day of fishing. Bundle up, hit the water, and go “get your fish on”! Good luck!
Forecast By: Shane Goebel
Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service &
The Angler Magazine Fishing Team
Lakes Nottely, Chatuge, Blue Ridge and Hiwassee