February may not boast the warm temperatures of summer or the vibrant colors of fall, but it is an optimal time to visit the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Blairsville, Georgia. It is also an exciting time of year for some huge Lake Nottely stripers. Lake Nottely is North Georgia’s hidden gem for some great striper fishing, and February has been known to produce some big ol’ fish.
Currently, water temps are in the mid 40’s to low 50’s. Lake Nottely is slowly rising due to the recent much needed rains and is now up to 14 feet below full pool. Most of the lake is moderately clear and stained in the creeks and river.
Fishing has been average to good for this time of year. We’ve been catching some great stripers lately, and the trick is keeping up with a couple of different winter patterns. Knowing these patterns will most certainly help you land some nice fish. These fast moving stripers are always on the go chasing bait and warmer water. Because of this, we’ve been utilizing some different techniques. At times the fish are shallow and pounding bait on the banks and shallow humps in the mouths and backs of creeks. Pulling planer boards early in the morning has been working great for these guys. Make sure you stagger your baits behind your planer boards. I like to run my bluebacks and shad about 15 to 20 feet behind the board closest to the bank and a little further out on my inside boards. Pulling free lines around 100 to 120 feet behind the boat while trolling your planer boards also works great. Other days we are catching our stripers 30 to 40 feet deep in little schools in the mouths of creeks and along the main river channel. Down lining live bluebacks will be your best technique for these deeper fish. Also, cloudy overcast days have been producing better fish than bright sunny days.
We’ve also been catching some nice spotted and largemouth bass out here. The spotted bass have been schooled up on shallow points and flats around the mouths of creeks. The majority of these nice bass have been caught on our down line bite around 10 to 20 feet deep.
Although the weather may be frigid, February is a fantastic month for catching some 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 area’s #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!